by: Chris Bowers

Wed Oct 14, 2009 at 17:15


At least 85,000 Iraqis lost their lives from 2004-2008 in violence, the government said in its first comprehensive tally released since the war began.

The report by the Human Rights Ministry said 85,694 people were killed in the four-year period and 147,195 were wounded. It counted Iraqi civilians, military and police but did not cover U.S. military deaths, insurgents, or foreigners, including contractors or U.S. forces. And it did not include the first months of the war after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.(...)

Combined with tallies based on hospital sources and media reports since the beginning of the war and an in-depth review of available evidence by the AP, the figures showed that more than 110,600 Iraqis had died in violence since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion and up through early 2009.

I like to think this is one of the reasons why a super-majority of Americans think military action in Iraq was a mistake. I don't know if it is true, but I like to think that.  

Chris Bowers :: 110,600

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Another way to look at it... (0.00 / 0)
Nearly 37 9/11s...

Way Low (4.00 / 3)
I'm sure we're going to get some stiff critiques in the next few days from others who've gotten higher death tolls in the past.  It should be informative to hear what they have to say.

"You know what they say -- those of us who fail history... doomed to repeat it in summer school." -- Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 6, Episode 3

One explanation (0.00 / 0)
100k died "in violence."

Several hundred thousand more died from poor conditions caused by the war.

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yes (4.00 / 1)
at least two groups that have numbered casualties (iraq body count and the lancet study group) had been and may still be in an ongoing argument about what the estimate should be.  

According to wikipedia, there are two peer reviewed studies - the Lancet found about 600,000 deaths by 2006 due to violence (@30% because of U.S. and allied forces).

The wikipedia page on a WHO project says the project found @150,000 deaths from violence by 2006.

I would take extrapolated versions of either estimate over the Iraqi government's, particularly since this estimate (inexplicably?) omits 2003 and apparently is lower than a previous estimate by the Iraqi government in November 2006 (see the second link above).

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I've heard much higher numbers... (4.00 / 1)
But whatever the actual numbers are, it's far too many innocent people who died for unbridled greed.

Yes, Virginia, there are progressives in Nevada.

Casualties (0.00 / 0)
One can always oppose the war, or any wars, without constantly trying to figure out the casualty rates.

Also, the American people never were supportive of the wars.

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