[A-List] Excess of 100,000 deaths since Iraq invasion

Richard Menec menecraj at shaw.ca
Thu Oct 28 13:14:01 MDT 2004


Excess 100,000 deaths since Iraq invasion

Thursday 28 October 2004, 19:57 Makka Time, 16:57 GMT

New figures of deaths are much higher than previous estimates

Deaths of Iraqis have soared to 100,000 above normal since the Iraq
invasion, mainly due to violence, with many of the victims being women and
children, according to public health experts from the United States.

"Making conservative assumptions, we think that about 100,000 excess deaths
or more have happened since the 2003 invasion of Iraq," researchers from
Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland,
said in a report published online by The Lancet medical journal on Thursday.

"Violence accounted for most of the excess death and air strikes from
[US-led] coalition forces accounted for the most violent deaths," the report

The new figures, based on surveys carried out by researchers in Iraq, are
much higher than earlier estimates based on thinktank and media sources,
which put the Iraqi civilian death toll as high as 16,053 and military
fatalities as high as 6,370.

1110 US fatalities

By comparison, 852 US troops were killed in combat or attacks and another
258 died in accidents or incidents not related to fighting, according to the
Pentagon, bringing the total to 1110 since the 20 March 2003 invasion.

More than 8000 US soldiers have been wounded in the same time period.

"The risk of death from violence in the period after the invasion was 58
times higher than in the period before the war," Les Roberts and his
colleagues said in the report which compared Iraqi deaths during 14.6 months
before the invasion and the 17.8 months after it.

He added that violent deaths were widespread and were mainly attributed to
US-led forces.

"Most individuals reportedly killed by coalition forces were women and
children," Roberts said.

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