Collections

The CRRC researcher database currently consists of two distinct collections: 1) Saddam Hussein’s Iraq; and 2) al Qaeda and Associated Movements (overwhelmingly from Afghanistan). It contains over 1,200 records, constituting over 62,000 pages and 200 hours of audio, with new records added weekly. All records in the CRRC consist of a file information sheet containing basic background information, a digital copy or audio file of the original record in Arabic, and a full English translation. The CRRC employs search tools that will search the full breadth of the English-language information sheets and translations. Please note that the quality of the translations and Arabic transcriptions (in the case of the audio) varies, and that the Arabic audio files and digital documents are the official records, not the translation or transliteration. The CRRC also maintains a small research library and CRRC staff are available to assist visiting scholars upon request.

CRRC records, while unclassified, may include Personally Identifiable Information. All researchers interested in our collection must come to our facility in Washington, DC to view these primary source documents. For more information on how to conduct research at our facility, please see our Conducting Research page.