Iraqi Perspectives Project: A View of Operation Iraqi Freedom from Saddam's Senior Leadership   [open pdf - 8MB]

"U.S. Joint Forces Command released an unclassified historical report of military operations conducted in Iraq. The twist is that this historical report reflects the Iraqi civilian and military leadership's perspective of events. 'Opinions are not facts; one data point is not a trend, and a group of data points from a single perspective isn't going to convince anyone,' said Army Brig. Gen. Anthony Cucolo, U.S. Joint Forces Command's (USJFCOM), Joint Center for Operational Analysis (JCOA) director. The overthrow of Saddam's regime during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) provided an opportunity to study an adversary. 'It's the first time since World War II, we had an opportunity to evaluate military events from both our own perspective and the perspective of the opposing political and military leadership,' Cucolo said. "This means reading their documents, reading their orders, interviewing their commanders and civilian leaders and asking what happened.' This two-year project of delving into the decision-making processes of the former adversary started in 2003 and became known as the Iraqi Perspective Project (IPP). The Iraqi military leaders wanted to tell their side of the story. According to Cucolo, in terms of lessons learned, the historical approach implemented during the IPP provided excellent results. The IPP team conducted more than 100 interviews; 23 with senior members of the former regime. Interviews conducted by the IPP team included: Saddam's personal secretary, the secretary of the Republican Guard, both Republican Guard corps commanders, the commander of the Special Republican Guard, the director of military intelligence, division commanders and others."

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