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Events Leading Up to the 2003 Invasion of Iraq

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Events Leading Up to the 2003 Invasion of Iraq (1710)

The Iraq-Niger Uranium Controversy and the Outing of CIA Agent Valerie Plame Wilson (930)

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12/22/2010 Continuing the Plame/Niger Timeline

We’re working through trial transcripts and “liveblog” accounts of the Libby trial to ensure as complete and accurate a portrayal of trial events as possible. The results are being posted on a frequent and regular basis.


1/17/2010 More on Plame Niger

The steady rush of entries about the Plame Niger controversy—available here—has slowed to a trickle for the time being. The work hasn’t been abandoned; rather, I’ve intensified my offline research efforts to ensure that the information presented in the project is accurate and complete. Not an easy job, as much of the information as presented in …



11/12/2009 New Project on Iraq/Niger Claim and Plame Outing

The History Commons has created a new subsidiary project on the Iraq/Niger uranium claim and the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson. We foresee it having its final entry published before Christmas, unless something new happens that requires additional coverage. Update: The project won’t be completed by Christmas, but progress continues apace on an …



8/10/2009 New Material Added

The Iraq Invasion project has not been as active as some other projects recently. However, numerous newer entries document attempts by the Bush administration to secure unilateral authority for declaring and managing the war with Iraq, the various PR efforts to manipulate public opinion, and a variety of criticisms of the motives behind the invasion. More …



6/25/2008 New Material Being Added

Site contributors and editors are adding material from The Fall of the House of Bush, by Craig Unger, and Vice, by Lou Dubose and Jake Bernstein. Contributors are preparing to add material from What Happened, by former White House press secretary Scott McClellan. New information continues to come out about the machinations behind the Iraq war; you are invited to join …



1/31/2007 Adding new material from Hubris and other sources

Contributors are currently adding events gleaned from the recently published book Hubris, by journalists Michael Isikoff and David Corn. The book contains a lot of original material, including information about the Anabasis project, whose authors had hoped would create a casus belli for war.



Several new entries have been added to the Iraq timeline and a new category has been added on prewar aerial attacks against strategic targets in the Iraq “no-fly” zones.


11/20/2005 Iraq Timeline Updated

Several entries have been added or edited. The forged documents timeline has again been updated; numerous entries relating to Ahmed Chalabi and the Iraqi National Congress have been added; and the following new categories have been created to provide a new way of looking at the data in the Iraq project: “poisons and gases allegation”, “Aerial …



3/27/2006 Iraq Project updated

The Iraq timeline has been updated to include additional details regarding the Bush administration’s aluminum tubes allegation, the case of the forged Niger documents, Curveball and the alleged mobile biological weapons labs, and the Pentagon’s recently exposed propaganda program in Iraq. You can view a timeline consisting of only the most recently …



6/12/2005 AfterDowningStreet.Com

The “Inquiry into the decision to invade Iraq” project encourages people to get involved with afterdowningstreet.com. The organization is a coalition of veterans’ groups, peace groups, and political activist groups announced a campaign today to urge that the US Congress launch a formal investigation into whether President Bush has committed …


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