INCORE guide to Internet sources on conflict in Iraq
Compiled by Shauna Meehan (March 2006)
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A wide range of maps of Iraq can be viewed on this site ranging from a host of general maps of the whole country and more specifically of the North and South regions; Baghdad maps; Military maps and; Economic and Agricultural
On this site users can access a range of maps from physical, political, administrative, demographic and historical. Also available are specific maps, which include Baghdad, major cities, Kurdistan. In addition the ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom’ map, which was the operation launched by the “coalition of the willing” in the Iraq war that began in March 2003
A large variety of local maps of cities and towns in Iraq are available on the site to view and print
News Sources - Email Lists
Ankawa is a predominantly Christian community immediately to the north of Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq. The website carries the news from a Christian perspective and represents the views of the Chaldean and Assyrian Christian minority in Iraq.
New York Times
The online Iraq country section of the New York Times contains comprehensive coverage of the country and the conflict.
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The Kurdish Globe
The Kurdish Globe is a weekly online English newspaper printed in the Kurdistan Region in northern Iraq. The site includes the latest news from inside Iraq and provides a Kurdish perspective on developments in the region.
Iraq Daily online is compiled by one of the most comprehensive global news network on the Internet; World News Network. This online news source features daily articles on the conflict by investigative journalists from around the world that provides visitors with highly informative political analysis of the current situation. The website also features special sections on: the Constitution, Reconstruction, Prisoner Abuse, Society and Culture, Morality of War and Education
Users can access daily updates of the conflict in Iraq as well as receive reports on politics and business in Iraq. Also available are daily news and political updates from the wider Middle East region. Some articles that have been written on Iraq in Western newspapers like the New York Times and Washington Post are also posted on this site.
UN News Centre
All the latest and past UN reports, Secretary General’s statements, Security Council Resolutions and Statements on the current Conflict in Iraq can be accessed on this site. Users can also view updates from all the UN agencies working in Iraq today. Also available are all security resolutions relating to Iraq from 1991 – 1999. There is a special section on the ‘Oil for Food’ debacle and what is being done about that.
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
On this site users can find out the latest news on the humanitarian situation in Iraq and can also use the background menu provided.
Daily News reports on the conflict available. Also present are background articles; special reports from correspondents; political analysis of the war; stories from ordinary Iraqi’s on surviving; and maps, charts, fact and figures about life in post-Saddam Iraq.
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This is a global news service designed to cut down the time spent by professionals researching online news sources. The content is derived from daily monitoring of over 25,000 news sources and sections. The section on Iraq includes daily headlines and also special sections which include: Business and Economy; Government and Politics; Iraqi National Assembly Election 2005; Regional; Miscellaneous and; Industry
Radio Free Europe
Gain access to all the latest news stories from Iraq. There is a detailed section on “The New Iraq” that gives information on the new political makeup of the country. In addition there is an election special link, which profiles the major contenders and political parties.
Al Jazeera is an Arabic-language television channel based in Qatar. Its willingness to broadcast dissenting views gained it worldwide attention following the September 11, 2001 attacks, when it broadcast video statements by Osama bin Laden and other Al Qaeda leaders. In addition Al Jazeera operates Arabic and English language websites which cover news stories from around the Middle East, claiming that it provides visitors with “the news they don’t see”.
Al Ahram Weekly Online
Published in Cairo, Al Ahram is a weekly serving the Arab world. The website is available in Arabic and English and provides visitors with a selection of commentary on topics such as politics, economics, sport.
Beirut Daily News
Beirut News is one of the most comprehensive global news networks on the Internet covering the Arab world. Users can access the regions latest news and analysis on current events, business, finance, and economy.
National and Local Governmental Institutions and Agencies
Kurdistan Regional Government
Kurdistan Regional Government's website provides news, progress reports and reference material about Kurds and the Kurdistan Region in northern Iraq.
The About Kurdistan section contains material on geography, universities, language, culture, tourism, food and drink, economy, international business and natural resources.
ACDI/VOCA is a private nonprofit organization that promotes broad-based economic growth and the development of civil society in emerging democracies and developing countries. Their work in Iraq includes agricultural projects in Kurdistan.
The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is a nonprofit organization working to strengthen and expand democracy worldwide. NDI provides practical assistance to civic and political leaders. They aim to build political and civic organizations, safeguard elections, and to promote citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.
MAG (Mine Advisory Group)
MAG who are based in Manchester, England, reduce the threat of landmines in large areas of northern Iraq and support rehabilitation and socio-economic development initiatives. They currently employ 670 national staff in Iraq.
Iraqi Transitional Government
Iraq is a country in transition. Elections took place on the 31-1-05 and the Iraqi Transitional Government came to power. The official website of that government can be accessed in Arabic and English but at the date of production of this country guide large sections of the site are under construction and it is not updated regularly, presumably because of the on-going conflict there. However, users can view the full-text of the new Iraqi constitution and gat information on the four Government Commissions that have been set up.
Interim Iraqi National Council
This is the official website of the interim national council which consists of 100 members who were chosen at a national conference in August 2004. The councillors were drawn mainly from the former Iraqi Governing Council and Iraq's largest political parties. The National Council does not have legislative powers but will be able to veto appointments and decisions made by the Cabinet and prime minister. It may veto executive orders of the IIG by a two-thirds majority of its members. The interim council approved the 2005 Iraqi budget, advised the interim Iraqi president and Council of Ministers, exercised oversight on the Iraqi government, and appointed replacements to the presidency or council, if needed.
Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs website includes information on Iraqi representation overseas, and consular information for Iraqi nationals. Also details Iraq’s foreign policy and current diplomatic missions. Available in Arabic and English.
Iraqi Ministry of Trade
The Iraqi Ministry of Trade website includes policy updates, notification of tenders, press releases and a business directory of Iraqi companies. Available in Arabic and English
Independent Electoral Commission for Iraq
The independent body tasked with preparing for and conducting elections in Iraq. Available in Arabic and English
Iraqi Election Special – Radio Free Netherlands
This extensive web page was designed to inform users about the January 2005 elections. Included on this page are a wide range of international and national press coverage and interviews with key personalities, special sections also included are: ‘Election Fact Box’; Who the participating Political Parties are; Who the major contenders for success are and; a national Assembly vote archive.
Iraqi Election Results January 2005
Access the official election result and a political party percentage break-up. Also provided are links to all the main political parties and other parties on the web and well summarised short-history of Iraq.
External Governmental Institutions and Agencies
This organisation is a cooperative effort of USAID and GlobalGiving. USAID provides content for the site and GlobalGiving supplies their internet-based donation technology. Visitors to this site can review a selection of current USAID projects in Iraq and contribute directly to the projects that interest them. All projects have been carefully selected from USAID/Iraq’s current mission portfolio allowing donors to confidently and securely donate to projects in Iraq.
The Multi-National Force-Iraq
The official website of the Coalition forces in Iraq.
U.S Library of Congress Country Studies Series: Iraq
An extensive country study that presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of Iraq up until the 1990’s.
British Embassy in Baghdad
The UK’s embassy website details British policies, statements and press releases on Iraq as well as vital consular and country information for British nationals travelling to Iraq.
British Department for International Development (DFID)
DFID partly manages British aid to poor countries with the aim of eradicating extreme poverty. Find out what DFID is doing in Iraq on this web page.
UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Country Profiles: Iraq
A general overview of the British governments position in Iraq in relation to topics such as human rights, women, humanitarian reconstruction, can be found In the FAQ section. In the ‘Document’ section users can download reports, briefings etc that the British government have published in relation to Iraq. Some of these are available in Arabic.
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European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO)
ECHO has been providing aid to the Iraqi population for more than a decade and today it is the single largest external donor of aid to the country. In the aftermath of the 2003 conflict, ECHO activity has focused on the restoration of vital health, water and sanitation service for civilians. This site gives information on the organisations current activities and also features a special section that details eyewitness accounts of the conflict.
Australian Government – AUSAID
On this web page users can see how the Australian governments aid programme has contributed to reconstruction efforts in Iraq.
CIA Country Profile – Iraq
Compiled by the United States government this is one of a series of profiles of countries and non-self-governing territories around the world. Comprehensive information on the geography, people, government, economy, military of Iraq can be found on the website.
International Multilateral Organisations (IOs)
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iraq Nuclear Verification Office (INVO)
The IAEA Iraq Action Office was established under Security Council Resolution 687 of 3 April 1991, to implement the nuclear requirements of Section C of the resolution. Inspectors led the discovery and dismantlement of Iraq’s secret nuclear weapons programme in the 1990s. In the round of inspections ending in March 2003, IAEA inspectors found no evidence that the nuclear programme had been revived during the forced absence of INVO from 1998 until 2002. Field inspections ceased in March 2003. The IAEA remains prepared to resume its field and related activities in Iraq, pending guidance from the Security Council, which has stated its intention to revisit the mandate.
Campaign Against Sanctions in Iraq
The Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq (CASI) aimed to raise awareness of the effects of sanctions on Iraq, and campaigned on humanitarian grounds for the lifting of non-military sanctions. With the lifting of sanctions in May 2003, the campaign has now been dissolved but this website is maintained as an archive of information relating to the sanctions and Iraq before this date.
Iraq Analysis Group
Former members of CASI established a new research organisation, the Iraq Analysis Group, which provides information and analysis on post-invasion Iraq. The core of this site is an index of information sources about post-invasion Iraq. This includes a list of opinion polls carried out in Iraq, reports about the humanitarian situation, a collection of good sources of news about Iraq, and much more
United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) - Documents
UNSCOM was established under Security Council Resolution 687 of 3 April 1991, to implement the non-nuclear requirements of Section C of the resolution. UNSCOM was also required to assist the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the nuclear areas. This site is a compilation of informal United Nations documents on issues related to the UN Special Commission (UNSCOM). Some of the earlier basic texts that lay down UNSCOM's basic rights and Iraq's obligations are included although the focus is on later documents.
World Health Organization (WHO)
Information about the WHO's efforts to provide health care and combat communicable diseases in Iraq can be accessed here.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
UNICEF works internationally to ensure the survival, development and protection of children’s rights. The children of Iraq have been caught up in war for the third time in twenty years, UNICEF is working to highlight the deteriorating conditions facing children in Iraq and through different programmes it also works to help ease their suffering. On this site users can see what UNICEF is doing and has done in Iraq.
United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)
The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. This site provides information on UNHCR’s work in Iraq, special sections include: news; operation; statistics; background, analysis and policy.
World Food Programme (WFP)
WFP is the food aid arm of the UN; it uses its food to meet emergency needs and to support social and economic development. This web page gives details of WFPs work in Iraq and also features information and statistics on Iraq’s food security.
International Non-Governmental Organisation (INGOs), Research Institutes, Non-State Actors
Amnesty International (AI): Iraq
A worldwide voluntary activist group working to protect human rights worldwide, this site displays all AI news stories and reports on human rights issues in Iraq.
Iraq Body Count
The Iraq Body Count project has tried to establish an independent public database of civilian deaths in Iraq resulting directly from military actions by the USA and its allies. Visitors can access the database online and also find analysis and commentary.
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC): Activities in Iraq
A global humanitarian organisation working in armed conflicts and other situations of violence throughout the world, this web page provides information and reports on ICRCs humanitarian work in Iraq.
Oxfam: Iraq Crisis
This site contains information about Oxfam's comprehensive humanitarian efforts in Iraq, as well as photos, news and commentary about the rebuilding of Iraq.
CARE: Rebuilding Iraq
CARE is a humanitarian organisation working worldwide to fight global poverty, the organisation places special focus on working with poor women. This web page outlines the NGOs relief activities in Iraq in relation to health, hunger, and poverty aid since 1991.
International Medical Corps (IMC)
IMC is a global humanitarian organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. The organisation began preparing for its Iraq relief efforts in February 2003, by conducting in-depth assessments of the health, nutrition status, and living conditions of Iraqi people. This web page gives information on the past and present targeted health interventions that IMC carryout.
University of Pennsylvania Museum
The looting of the Iraq national museum and other art and archaeology museums during the recent conflict is a tragedy for the cultural heritage of Iraqi’s. The University of Pennsylvania Museum has joined forces in an international effort with other museums, archaeologists, scholars and others committed to minimizing the loss of Iraq's cultural treasures, and assisting with the return of stolen artefacts. On this site find information on its work in Iraq, links to other organisations involved and a collection of photos of the stolen artefacts.
Articles, Papers, Reports, Agreements
Un Security Council Resolutions
On this website users can access all UN Security Council Resolution relating to Iraq, dating back to 1974 to the present day.
The Independent Committee into the UN Oil-for-Food Programme
In April 2004, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan appointed an independent, high-level inquiry to investigate the administration and management of the Oil-for-Food Programme in Iraq on the official website of the committee users can access their reports, briefing papers etc and also find general information on what its mandate is and who its members are.
Report – ‘Saddam Hussein: crimes and human rights abuses’
A report by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the human cost of Saddam's policies, published 2 December 2002
Hans Blik Report to UN 6-11-03
‘Unresolved Disarmament Issues: Iraq’s Proscribed Weapons Programme’ p.1-175
The British Dossier into Iraq’s WMD
The UK government released its dossier on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction on 24-9-02. The dossier details the supposed threat posed by Saddam Hussein's regime.
The Hutton Report 28-1-04
Dr. David Kelly was the British governments chief adviser on Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction. When the government’s dossier on the issue was published Dr. Kelly was publicly revealed as the source. After he had been publicly exposed he committed suicide and subsequently a formal inquiry, headed by Lord Hutton, was set up to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death. Users can download the full report plus hearing transcripts, evidence collated, times and witnesses, press release and biographical details of Lord Hutton and his review team.
The Butler Report 14-7-04
Lord Butler's inquiry was published on the 14-7-04, in this report his team give their verdict on the British intelligence used to justify the war against Iraq. The full Report is downloadable (216 pages) plus users can access press releases made by Lord Butler during the course of the review and biographical details of the five members of the review team.
The Butler Report at a glance
This web page gives a very good but brief summary of the main points made in the Butler Report. Users can also find links to key news stories, political analysis, background information and watch and listen to coverage of the report.
Report - The US Senate Intelligence Committee 7-7-04
Download the full report (521 pages) on the US Intelligence Community’s Pre-war Intelligence assessments on Iraq.
US Intelligence Community’s Pre-war Intelligence assessments on Iraq.
Report - The US Senate Intelligence Committee 7-7-04
A summary of the overall conclusion of the select committee.
The Iraqi Constitution
Download an English language copy of the Constitution that was agreed by the Iraqi people in a referendum on 15 October 2005.
Beyond Abu Ghraib: detention and torture in Iraq 6-3-06, Amnesty International Report
This report by Amnesty International (AI) comes out almost three years after United States (US) and allied forces invaded Iraq and toppled the government of Saddam Hussein, it claims that the human rights situation in the country remains dire. The report focuses its concerns on human rights abuses for which the US-led Multi National Forces are directly responsible and those that are increasingly being committed by Iraqi security forces.
Article - ‘Building Civil Society in Iraq’
This article by peace activist Anna Sophia Bachmann ask the questions how can a civil society based on principals of democracy and the rule of law be created in a post-Saddam Iraq.
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Article –‘Building Civil Society: An overlooked aspect of Iraq’s reconstruction?
Daniel Sewer and Ylber Bajraktari assert in this article that Iraqi democracy cannot be successful without a vigorous and homegrown civil society composed of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), schools, business and industry, and others.
The New York Times
A compendium of articles on the US led war with Iraq, 2003
The Guardian – UK
A compendium of articles on the US led war with Iraq, 2003