Some 391,832 secret U.S. military documents have been disclosed by the whistle-blower Web site WikiLeaks, painting a harsh picture of the Iraq war effort and presenting revelations that include unreported torture, a secret civilian body count, and a U.S.-Iranian armed skirmish. The reports cover early 2004 to Jan. 1, 2010, and provide reasons for why Iraq continues to struggle to to create a unified, independent state despite a reduction in violence. The massive dossier, which is being called the largest-ever leak of U.S. military secrets, casts doubt on the country's ability to defend itself and to achieve its goals upon the scheduled departure of U.S. troops in December 2011. Observers say the logs highlight the risk that the military pullout would lead to chaos, and that they jeopardize U.S. national security. Ryan Crocker, ambassador to Iraq in 2007-08, has said it is " profoundly important" that America maintain a military presence beyond 2011, despite the war's cost and the pressure to shift more resources to Afghanistan. [Read more about the military and national security.]
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