July 25th, 2010
07:34 PM ET

Alleged war documents paint ground-level picture

WikiLeaks.org has published what it says are more than 90,000 United States military and diplomatic reports about Afghanistan filed between 2004 and January of this year. The first-hand accounts are the military's own raw data on the war, including numbers killed, casualties, threat reports and the like, according to Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks.org, which published the material Sunday.

More: What is WikiLeaks? from CNN's This Just In blog

CNN has not independently confirmed the authenticity of the documents. The Department of Defense will not comment on them until the Pentagon has had a chance to look at them, a Defense official told CNN.

See the WikiLeaks.org Afghan War Diary project | See the documents for yourself

Take a look yourself at the data. What do you find most interesting? What do you think most illustrates the war in Afghanistan? What picture of the war do you see emerge? Comment below or file an iReport with your thoughts and findings. (And remember, this is raw military information, including sensitive material such as casualty numbers.).


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  4. ronpaul2012

    Someone please remind me why we are in afghanistan fighting the very freedom fighters we trained and funded and armed. The ones we turned a blind eye towards as long as they were our enemies enemy. why?
    Wasn't it Al-qaida that attacked us? So much time has past, my mind has become clouded.

    It's almost comical(if not so sad) how we, as a country, forget who organized and funded these radical groups. It amazes me that after the longest engagement in this nations history we still have no victory in sight, No timetable agreed upon and no clearly defined enemy. Will it take another ten years? Or do we need another 9/11 to galvienize our resolve, so we can pour more untold billions into a cess pit of a country whose citizens want us only to concern ourselves with our own.

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    August 25, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. smith in coloado

    Guys this is plain simple... the afgan "insurgency" and the taliban is based mostly in the mountains were they have probably impunity for most of the things they do...So. from both sides of the mountain get a huge force and get every farmer families out of there and nuke the hell out of the mountains.. period... no more big insurgency.

    And for those who dont remember we were the ones who provide the missles that the taliban were using to make the russians leave. we armed the taliban and we make then what they are today, we even give then enough money and means to do what they do.

    Believe me when i said the indians will be very happy to help here.. No more pakistan we just make a hole. that's it.. no more support .

    It make sound awful but .......

    August 23, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. FrankInfinity

    My father faught in Korea, and Nam......6 tours total. He was asked ( by the CIA in 1952) to fly the Pipelines in the Middle East, and shoot Bedouins(sp?) s for $60k a year..........he declined, but then later served in nam 4 tours...Hes still alive today, almost 80. He sees his life being made a mockery simply by the way things have changed in the last 20-30 years. Why? Demo? Rep?....no, people......in general. We ALL have a choice, we ALL have a responsibility, every time we point the finger at someone else, were simply saying, this is NOT my fault, or my problem, so I blame........"them" .......whoever that them may be......the mess over there, has been going for YEARS! this is not a new game, it is in fact a very old and tired one, that just keeps on getting restarted, new generation etc.........this is the way of human nature......kill it, destroy it, own it, buy it, steal it, take it.......etc.......do something REAL with the human condition, make changes where you can in life, for the better, everyone......and over time, we see an improvement in concourse....

    August 12, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mehmet

    if we follow that religious woman rhetoric or understanding., There should have been no USA or American, because this woman gives the people whose relatives killed by Americans (mostly it is mistake from point of americans) the right to kill the americans,

    July 26, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Why are you blaming the Woman for it??? It is the Racist on here that are the cause for it!!!

      July 26, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • gandolf101

      mulsims been killing americans before the founding of israel , muslims blow themselves up in glee for a false prophet and a book filled with hate . muslims should pack up and stay in the middle east .
      i just retired after 20 years in the military and when i see a muslim my neck hairs raise up.

      July 27, 2010 at 4:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. Glenn Wurst

    I'm still utterly amazed that the Afghan government and Afghan people, and even other people from countries around the world, become completely enraged when innocent civilians are caught in the crossfire and are accidently injured or killed, yet we hear nothing out of them when the cowards who call themselves freedom fighters, the Taliban and Al Qaida, routinely do the same thing on purpose.

    Had President Bush done the right thing nine years ago and sent as many troops into Afghanistan, a war for which we justifiably had the support of virtually every civilized nation on the face of the earth, as he held back for his war on Iraq, a war that had no justification in fact, we may have been out of Afghanistan by now with all objectives accomplished.

    July 26, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      I've been saying that ever since Obama took office!!! But know one listen to it...

      July 26, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • gandolf101

      what we should do , next time the pakis attack india , we let india deal with them , better to have india nuke them now , then let the pakis attack us with one . lets face it india can wipe out pakistan before pakistan knew what hit them ,
      because of the terrain in pakistan and the bases that have the nukes , india would need 4 rockets at most , then 16 min TOF no more probs with pakistan ever ..yes india can wipe out pakistan without pakistan retailiating

      July 27, 2010 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ed tth

    Obama needs to let our soldiers use their guns. They need to be able to fire their weapons to kill. Obama escalated this war, he needs to man up and understand the consequences, and they are not to let Americans get killed.

    July 26, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Why are you blaming Obama for it??? The Republicans are stopping Him from doing anything He wants to do!!!

      July 26, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leah (TXanimal)

      That was McChrystal's policy. Petraeus takes a slightly more...kinetic approach to asymmetric threats...

      July 27, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. HLA SOE(FORMAR FREEDOM FIGHTER IN BURMA)

    YOU GUY ALL WENT WRONG.YOU KNOW WHY?THE WAR NEVER END,NO ONE WANT TO GET LOST,EVERYBODY WANT TO BE A WINNER,BUT,ONE THING WE MUST NEED TO KNOW THE WAR ISN'T SPORT.THE WAR IS KILLING.YOU DON'T WANA BE A HUMAN HUNTER.WE R NOT BORN TO BE KILL EACH OTHER.I WAS IN CIVIL WAR FOR 20 YRS,MY COUNTRY CIVIL WAR IS 60YRS OVER,UNTIL NOW.THINK ABOUT IT.

    July 26, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      QUIT YOUR YELLING!!!

      The only ones making the money on these wars are the Bush's, Cheney's and the Big Corporations!!! The rest of the People are going broke...

      July 26, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jim

    This is why no liberal should ever be allowed to handle classified information. Liberals seem to think their liberal views are more important than the nation as a whole. This was done by an Obama administration official. When they are caught they should get the death penalty for treason. Liberal political bias should be an automatic disqualification for handling classified information.

    July 26, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • jw

      just shut up. why when anything ever happens it's always a political thing? Maybe it was a neo-con trying to discredit the administration, maybe it was al-queda trying to make the war so disheartening that we will leave, or, maybe it's some kid that hacked the system and doesn't realize what he's doing. listen to what ur saying for once.

      July 26, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Are just maybe it was the Republicans to make the President look bad!!!

        July 26, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Does that go for us moderates,too,Jim?You right-wing fanatics want to run everything!

      July 26, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leah (TXanimal)

      I'd have to agree with the others on this one...I've been in the biz a long time, and the ones who tended to make decisions based on emotion rather than logic & reason leaned to the right. My guess is that it's a disgruntled right-winger who doesn't understand the political processes behind military operations and felt s/he needed to "do more". I've had to revoke 3 clearances in my tenure, and that was the case with all 3 individuals...hard core conservatives who used their access to support personal political agendas.

      July 27, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. RWRMAN

    Treason..... !!!

    July 26, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Gary Johndro

      You bet!!!

      July 26, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. USAF;NMNOKA

    I can only imagine what World War II would have been like with sites like "Wikileaks"

    July 26, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  14. mnsoldier

    Find the clown who allowed it, stole it, or bought it and put it on the web. just put them in jail and toss the key, no food no water no trial. they care nothing about the laws so why should the law care about them.

    July 26, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. ronvan

    AMAZING! We might as well stop teaching history as we learn nothing from it! These wars, just like Viet Nam are strictly "political". The ONLY ones that want us to stay are those that are making big bucks. Our military is nothing more than "cannon fodder", being handcuffed on what they can & cannot do. WE are not going to win this one either! WE cannot keep anything secret anymore, TV camera's everywhere, and our soldiers villeified and condemned on almost everything they do. Do not bother me with comments about "innocent civilians" getting killed, "friendly fire" incidents, or acts of inhumanity! Wars by nature are an ugly business and will dehumanize anyone, especially now with these mulitple tours! And these kinds of incidents have happened in EVERY war, so it is nothing new. There is only ONE way to win this one and that is to bring ALL of our military home !! Our military if given the "green light" to do what they have been trained to do, could end this very quickly, however, because of politics this is not going to happen. And stop telling me it is in our "national security" to continue. IF we cannot protect ourselves on our own soil then we have already lost!

    July 26, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      I don't know one Country that the People didn't want us there!!! It is the Government that makes wars not the People... Even the Palestine People asked to make PEACE with Israel!!! But Hamas rather Kill Jews than make PEACE... So who
      's fault is that???

      July 26, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Gary Johndro

    This is not good.What would possess anyone do a mean thing like that?They need to keep this stuff under wraps.

    July 26, 2010 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Says who?Do you want to keep the American public ignorant of things?I don't!

      July 27, 2010 at 5:41 am | Report abuse |
      • Leah (TXanimal)

        Hypothetical situation: A mission is being planned to detain a bomb maker and confiscate all his IED-building supplies. That arrest would probably lead to the roll-up and dissolution of an IED cell that's been killing Coalition forces for years. If the details of the mission were leaked, the bomb maker would find out and go into hiding and the IED cell will continue to attack Coalition forces. Does your "right to know" trump the lives of Coalition forces?

        July 27, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  17. Smith in Oregon

    The White House has already come out and expressed disappointment with revealing the number and scope of the CIA and Special Op's missions in Afghanistan. Even the utterly corrupt Harmid Karzai has repeatedly complained about CIA midnight raids which directly slaughtered dozens of Afghanistan civilian women and children resulting in a very large and noticeable backlash on the US Soldiers who had zero part in slaughtering those Afghanistan civilians. Dozens of new Taliban Occupational Resistant Fighters from those familys and villiages didn't care when they planted IED's and shot any US or NATO soldier they found. None of which would have occured if those CIA raids hadn't targeted their women and children.

    It is sadly appearing the factual accuracy of US Military complex news releases is on par with BP news releases where the lies are often caught and the fact's routinely deviate from the truth. It is a disservice to all America's when the US Military Complex attempts to stifle news and facts under the guise of placing soldiers in harms way. Soldiers in any battle zone are in harm's way. That is no excuse to lie and obscure facts and information in a timely manner.

    Russian troops deliberately targeted the Afghanistan children 1980-1990 as well. Booby trapped toys and tiny butterfly shaped liquid explosive packed plastic land mines designed to blow their legs off, to keep their family's home caring for them instead of fighting against the Russians.

    As in Vietnam, the number of domestic livestock shot on purpose by depraved US soldiers on land and in the air is likely not going to be released to the public in Afghanistan but it certainly happens and simply breeds more Taliban Occupational Resistance Fighters.

    July 26, 2010 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      The United States has never kill Children unless they knew that Their Lives were at harm!!! How can We stop them from killing us without killing them first??? The sad part is Our Enemy use Children to do Their killing for them!!!

      July 26, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        Larry,did you forget what happen in Baghdad on Feb.13,1991?I didn't!And quit trying to portray us Americans as being suprior to others,we're not.

        July 27, 2010 at 5:39 am | Report abuse |
  18. Onesmallvoice

    I wonder what the MIC(military-industrial-complex) hopes to hide from the people.Are they afraid that it might damage the right-wing Huzzah over this stupid war?Just curious.

    July 25, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      ScottK: There is no good reason to Torture a person!!! The is not a Humane thing to do to another person...

      July 26, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  19. BUBBA--ALABAMA STYLE!!!

    Hello Phunnie boy,who's ID are you going to usurp this time?

    July 25, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Thought you might like to read this letter to the editor of a British national newspaper. Ever notice how some people just seem to know how to write a letter?.
      Written by a housewife, to her daily newspaper. This is one ticked off lady.

      'Are we fighting a war on terror or aren't we? Was it or was it not started by Islamic people who brought it to our shores in July 2002, and in New York Sept 11/2001 and have continually threatened to do so since?

      Were people from all over the world, not brutally murdered that day in London , and in downtown Manhattan , and in a field in Pennsylvania ?

      Did nearly three thousand men, women and children die a horrible, burning or crushing death that day, or didn't they?

      And I'm supposed to care that a few Taliban were claiming to be tortured by a justice system of the nation they come from and are fighting against in a brutal insurgency.

      I'll start caring when Osama bin Laden turns himself in and repents for incinerating all those innocent people on 9/11 and 7/7.

      I'll care about the Koran when the fanatics in the Middle East start caring about the Holy Bible, the mere belief of which is a crime punishable by beheading in Afghanistan

      I'll care when these thugs tell the world they are sorry for hacking off Nick Berg's head while Berg screamed through his gurgling slashed throat.

      I'll care when the cowardly so-called 'insurgents' in Afghanistan come out and fight like men instead of disrespecting their own religion by hiding in mosques and behind women and children.

      I'll care when the mindless zealots who blow themselves up in search of Nirvana care about the innocent children within range of their suicide bombs.

      I'll care when the British media stops pretending that their freedom of speech on stories is more important than the lives of the soldiers on the ground or their families waiting at home to hear about them when something happens.

      In the meantime, when I hear a story about a British soldier roughing up an Insurgent terrorist to obtain information, know this:

      I don't care.

      When I see a wounded terrorist get shot in the head when he is told not to move because he might be booby-trapped, you can take this to the bank:

      I don't care.

      When I hear that a prisoner – who was issued a Koran and a prayer mat, and 'fed special food' that is paid for by my taxes – is complaining that his holy book is being 'mishandled,' you can absolutely believe in your heart of hearts:

      I don't care.

      And oh, by the way, I've noticed that sometimes it's spelled 'Koran' and other times 'Quran.' Well, believe me!! you guessed it ......

      I don't care!!

      If you agree with this viewpoint, pass this on to all your E-mail friends. Sooner or later, it'll get to the people responsible for this ridiculous behaviour!

      If you don't agree, then by all means hit the delete button. Should you choose the latter, then please don't complain when more atrocities committed by radical Muslims happen here in our great country! And may I add:

      'Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. Our soldiers don't have that problem.'

      I have another quote that I would like to add, AND.......I hope you forward all this.

      Only five defining forces have ever offered to die for you:

      1. Jesus Christ

      2. The British Soldier.

      3. The Canadian Soldier.

      4. The US Soldier, and

      5. The Australian Soldier

      One died for your soul, the other 4 for your freedom.

      YOU MIGHT WANT TO PASS THIS ON, AS MANY SEEM TO FORGET ABOUT ALL OF THEM.

      AMEN!

      GIVE THIS LADY A STANDING OVATION.
      SHE HAS INDEED TICKED ALL THE BOXES

      July 26, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
      • ScottK

        Im sure you dont care...but, if you follow this womans logic, anyone associated with a religion that has attacked and killed people of another religion are fair game to be abducted and tortured regardless of any actual crime committed by that specific individual. That would pretty much make it ok to abduct and torture 2/3rds of the worlds population just on guilt by association. The fact that this woman believes her religion is the true relgion allows her to "Not Care" about the safety and wellfare of any non-christians. Its funny when people profess to be "Christian" meaning a follower of Christ and yet be so un Christ-like and to share how much they "dont care" about their fellow humans. Its this kind of disgusting ignorance and arrogance that gives America & Christians worldwide such a horrible reputation. It undoes much of the good that many caring Christians do worldwide.

        As for the release of war docs on Wikileaks its great to see some form of transparancy, even though we have to rely on people from other countries to shine some light on it. I find it amusing that so many conservatives scream foul when these docs/videos are leaked claiming they will harm our forces over seas when really they just hate having their pristine image of our soldiers tainted. The facts are that terrible things happen in wars, to both our soldiers and the civilians of the occupied territory. Both are living in a constant state of terror and both have to make split second decisions that can cost them their lives or the lives of others, and all for the control of abundant resources in extremely poor communities. The Russians left Afghanistan with their tail between their legs, and it looks like its going to be a similar outcome for us.

        July 26, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bob Drinkwater

        This has to be the most well written article I've seen!!! AMEN times 100................

        July 26, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Laura

        I can understand how this Dear Lady who might have never left the US has this vision of not caring about the rest of the world as long as that world tries to go in a different direction to what she is been made believe by the Government all her life.
        It is a shame tho that people would just talk without really knowing what is going on in this war, (not that i know but i try to keep an open mind and see more than what they show me).
        My dear if your country is in a war right now is not because you were attacked by those malicious bearded Muslims that hate the US so much that want to destroy it. It all started long before when your own country, your government used them and abused them and then dumped them like rotten meat when they didn't want them/need them anymore, your government taught them how to fire the arms they are now using against your soldiers, your government showed them how to hate – now they are turning that hate back to you and your people.
        If you need to get answers your government should come clean an answer your questions because you live in a democratic country, or don’t you? Your countrymen that supported Hitler when the WWII was starting, building factories as GM, Ford, Standard Oil (Exxon now) and making a lot of money for the American government (still your government!), same government that made public encouraging announcements to all corporations to imitate this companies and go build factories in Germany and take advantage of the situation! Same government that later on sent the soldiers to stop the war – because at the end of the day they had already sucked enough through the war now it was the moment to be the good guys, save the people, be the hero Europe needed so badly and then suck a bit more with the reconstruction efforts..
        Sounds familiar to what is happening in the ME now, you guys never complained before because at the end of the day the blows were falling far far away, this time the blow came to your doorstep to maybe show you once and for all that the arrogant politics you Americans support (and dont say you dont support it since you actually have the right to vote for your government and that means supporting the decisions they make) have no room in this world anymore, you need to evolve and stop using people to then just be the heroes. We dont need heroes any longer, you made the problem, solve it without involving anyone else.
        Let me remind you my dear lady that Spain suffered a blow as well, or you forget that because we actually supported your mad man Bush they not only buffeted London but Madrid, killing a lot of people in the trains? Or you don't care because Spain is not on your list of main supporters so it actually doesn't matter that because YOUR government got us on this one YOUR government brought the war to our doorstep too?
        If you dont think that is important and you just dont care! dont expect the rest of the world to pity you, I wish I could say I dont care for the people that die on daily basis in Iraq, Afghanistan and the people that died in the Twin Towers, in London’s buses & subway attacks and in Spain’s train attacks but the reality is that I do care, I do feel very sad with every dead body they put in the ground because of a stupid war that is a smoke screen to make profit, something that America's arrogant government put together because "It would be quick and would return huge profits", for that stupid wrong prediction we are all paying.
        So Dear Lady, you should care, you should do something to encourage a much needed change within your government and you should at the same time open your eyes and realise that your life is not more important than that Afghani bearded boy carrying a RPG over his shoulder because he never had any access to education and that's all he knows, thats what feeds him and his family, he doesn't have the necessary tools to assess if what he is doing is right or wrong, but as the most primitive animals he knows he needs to survive and that is the survival of the strongest. Because that is all he knows, because when your government choose to enrich themselves a bit more forgot that they were gambling with the future of a country (or several), since your government left them without future the Taliban gave them back a future feeding them, dressing them, building schools, using them nevertheless ruthlessly same way the American government did.

        So Dear Lady I beg you to reconsider your position, do your research objectively and try to see a bit further away that what your American government tells you, because at the end of the day your neighbors, sons, daughters, nephews, nieces, fathers, mothers are dying for what the government tells you. You can care or cry when you go to the funerals, it is your choice, open your eyes or not care.

        July 27, 2010 at 5:08 am | Report abuse |
      • give me doughnuts

        It seems that ScottK and Laura need some work on their reading comprehension, but they have the Leftist Dhimmi talking-point well memorized.

        July 27, 2010 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
      • Harold Trainer, USAF RET

        The Afghan papers clearly show the huge mistakes we have made in Afghanistan. Perhaps even war crimes. This is embarassing to our military, allies and president.

        The government is saying that our national security has been violated by revealing classified information. The reality is that a large portion of classified information is designed to protect the military and our government from embarassment. The security classifications hide their mistakes and bad policies rather than protect our national security.

        The Afghan papers have appropriately embarassed our president, allies and government and will hopefully lead to the war's end sooner than later. This will be a good thing.

        August 13, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • PHILLIPS

      Look people we are way too nice to terrorist in war that is all there is to it. I am a Christian yeah and have no problem with the muslim religion. People need to understand first of all that the Muslim religion is supposse to be peaceful and not all this crazy blood shed. Just like every religion there is extremist that go above and beyond. There are Christians out there that pressure their relgion onto others when the bible says not to. Then some Christians hold up signs that say thank god for 9/11.... I think it was pretty stupid but there is nothing we can do about it. Now Muslims can be very friendly I had a friend that was a muslim and we got along great. Now with the terrorist it is different. They go to the extreme to kill non muslims or anyone else that doesn't abide by their rules. They cut heads off of prisoners and then string their bodies through the streets. They want to burn America for what it is and what it was. I would agree America is a lot different from once it started by we are the longest free standing country there ever was. There are people who are willing to go out and fight for Amercians freedom and safety. Then the news reports a bunch of bad stuff about some of the troops and all of the sudden its an image for every troop member? This is called stupidity people.... Everyone is always ready to cast judgement upon others... but what if you were the one in the Twin Towers? What if you were the one about to be beheaded by Terrorists? All of you say what you want to say from the safety of your homes but you never have experienced any hardships of battle. You are not the ones walking over in Iraq wondering if you will be blown up today by a bomb. You are probably not a parent of a lil child who likes to play with his friends and then all of a sudden his or her life is taken out of this world due to a terrorist attack or a mis fire from a soldiers weapon. For those who judge the goverment imagine you being the one who would make the decisions for once they see more than what we see. It is not easy to lead a small group and it is a lot more harder leading a country.So when you post all this nonsense think about it all before you state it.

      July 27, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |