March 27, 2018 —
The Lead IG Special Report: Observations from Travel to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Qatar provides an overview of the second joint trip by the three Inspectors General (IGs) responsible for Lead IG oversight of overseas contingency operations—the Department of Defense IG, Department of State IG, and United States Agency for International Development IG.
During this trip, the IGs met with senior United States, Coalition, Iraqi, and Afghan government officials, including military leadership, United States ambassadors, and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. This report summarizes the IGs’ key observations from the briefings they received on the policies, strategies, and events on the ground related to Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
This trip was undertaken to obtain information to support the Lead IG’s statutory mandate to provide Congress with whole-of-government oversight and reporting on overseas contingency operations. With the fights against ISIS in Iraq and Syria and the Taliban and other extremist groups in Afghanistan both at significant inflection points, this report provides an important snapshot in time based on meetings and other information obtained in the field related to these overseas contingency operations and our oversight.