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The June 24 paper has an article stating that 3,500 Americans have died in Iraq. How many Iraqi children have died as a direct result of the war in Iraq?

Philip Schrodt, a Kansas University political science professor, said the question is nearly impossible to answer. Different studies have estimated the number of civilian casualties of the Iraq war, but the guesses vary widely. Iraq Body Count, a project that bases its findings on media reports of deaths, guesses about 70,000 civilians have been killed since the start of the war. But a study from Johns Hopkins University from about a year ago, which used surveys of Iraqi families, guessed nearly 10 times as many: about 650,000. Neither of these projects included an estimate of children alone.


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