More than 90,000 documents have been distributed by whistle blowing web site Wikileaks in what could become the biggest military leak in history.
The secret files, many of which contain many uncensored logs written by front line soldiers, expose the real truth behind the ongoing war with the Taliban.
According to The Guardian, which is one of three international newspapers to gain access to the leaked documents, the huge dossier reveals how hundreds of civilians have been slaughtered by coalition troops, exposes covert 'kill or capture' hunts for Taliban leaders and documents a steep rise in Taliban bomb attacks on Nato troops.
Many of the incidents contained in the leaked documents, which occurred between January 2004 and December 2009, have never been reported.
The Obama camp is blaming the chaotic picture painted by the leaked information on under-resourcing by George W Bush's administration.
Nearly 200 civilians have been killed and 174 wounded according to the dossier but it has been suggested that the figures could be substantially higher because of erratic reporting by military intelligence.
Wikileaks, which is run by enigmatic globetrotter Julian Assange, also gave the dossier to the New York Times and Der Spiegel. Assange maintains that the leaked documents contain details of corruption and collusion within the Afghan Government as well as evidence that both Pakistan and Iraq have had active involvement in the war.
The US Government is furious at the leak, saying that the lives of troops are at stake because of the information contained within them, but Assange thinks otherwise:
"Militaries keep information secret in order to prosecute their part of a war but also to hide abuse. There is a military argument for keeping some information secret... but that information expires quickly," he said.
Julian Assange will be holding a press conference on the leaked documents at noon today in London's Frontline Club. The event will be broadcast live here.