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Tallies count 100,000 Iraqis dead since 2003

April 24, 2009

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— Iraq’s government has recorded 87,215 of its citizens killed since 2005 in violence ranging from catastrophic bombings to execution-style slayings, according to government statistics obtained by The Associated Press that break open one of the most closely guarded secrets of the war.

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 Associated Press, the figures show that more than 110,600 Iraqis have died in violence since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

The number is a minimum count of violent deaths. The official who provided the data to the AP, on condition of anonymity because of its sensitivity, estimated the actual number of deaths at 10 to 20 percent higher because of thousands who are still missing and civilians who were buried in the chaos of war without official records.

The Health Ministry has tallied death certificates since 2005, and late that year the United Nations began using them — along with hospital and morgue figures — to publicly release casualty counts. But by early 2007, when sectarian violence was putting political pressure on the U.S. and Iraqi governments, the Iraqi numbers disappeared. The United Nations “repeatedly asked for that cooperation” to resume but never received a response, U.N. associate spokesman Farhan Haq said Thursday.

The data obtained by the AP measure only violent deaths — people killed in attacks such as the shootings, bombings, mortar attacks and beheadings that have ravaged Iraq. It excluded indirect factors such as damage to infrastructure, health care and stress that caused thousands more to die.

Authoritative statistics for 2003 and 2004 do not exist. But Iraq Body Count, a private, British-based group, has tallied civilian deaths from media reports and other sources since the war’s start. The AP reviewed the Iraq Body Count analysis and confirmed its conclusions by sifting the data and consulting experts. The AP also interviewed experts involved with previous studies, prominent Iraq analysts and provincial and medical officials to determine that the new tally was credible.

The AP also added its own tabulation of deaths since Feb. 28, the last date in the Health Ministry count.

The three figures add up to more than 110,600 Iraqis who have died in the war.

The numbers show just how traumatic the war has been for Iraq. In a nation of 29 million people, the deaths represent 0.38 percent of the population. Proportionally, that would be like the United States losing 1.2 million people to violence in the four-year period; about 17,000 people are murdered every year in the U.S.

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Finding_Uranus 4 years, 11 months ago

Hussein (I mean Saddam Hussein) killed way, way more Iraqis than coalition troops ever did. Why is this all blamed on America anyway? There were at least half a dozen other nations in there fighting. Nobody made these nations go, just like nobody made most democrats vote to go.

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Liberty_One 4 years, 12 months ago

"Tallies count 100,000 Iraqis dead since 2003"

Winning hearts and minds in Iraq since 2003: The US government.

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madmike 4 years, 12 months ago

How many were killed by US forces and how many killed each other?

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 12 months ago

I want a high death count? You're among those who so wanted their slaughter. I just don't want the true toll of your bloodlust to be underreported.

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Tom Shewmon 4 years, 12 months ago

I'm sorry bozo, it just seems you sub consciously want alot of Iraqi citizens dead, because you harp on these very high undocumented figures all the time. Likewise it seems your side of the fence watched the troops body count and seemed to want it to be high(er) also. I don't get it and I'm sure I just misconstrue your meaning.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 12 months ago

From someone who was a non-stop cheerleader for their mass murder, that's beyond ironic, Tom.

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madmike 4 years, 12 months ago

Because if fits into his anti-US ideals!

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Tom Shewmon 4 years, 12 months ago

Why do wish so many Iraqi citizens were dead, bozo?

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madmike 4 years, 12 months ago

Suddenly bozo the Bonehead became the resident expert on exactly what goes on in Iraq. When were you there last bozo?

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 12 months ago

I wonder why there is no mention of other studies, using widely accepted methods of data-gathering in a war zone, estimates as many as 1 million deaths?

At any rate, given that in the total chaos of the war, any accurate record-keeping was absolutely impossible, this 110,000 figure should be viewed as an extremely conservative estimate. Actual numbers are almost surely at least double that.

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