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How many Iraqis have been killed since the war begin in March 2003?

A Web site called the Iraq Body Count project (www.iraqbodycount.net) keeps an updated Iraqi death count based on what it says are official accounts of incidents. On Feb. 5, the Web site listed Iraqi deaths at a minimum of 15,654 to a maximum of 17,884.

But other estimates have been considerably higher. In October, the British medical journal The Lancet published a study that maintained that more than 100,000 Iraqis had died. The study was done by the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

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