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July 19, 2005

Dead is Dead
Posted by Jim Macdonald at 05:36 PM *

From CNN:

The Iraq Body Count — a London-based group comprising academics and human rights and anti-war activists — said on Tuesday that 24,865 civilians had died between March 20, 2003 and March 19, 2005.

The group said 42,500 injuries were recorded as well.

The report also said that “U.S.-led forces were sole killers of 37 percent of civilian victims” and that “anti-occupation forces were sole killers of 9 percent of civilian victims.” It added that “criminals killed 36 percent of all civilians.”

“Our data has been extracted from a comprehensive analysis of over 10,000 press and media reports published since March 2003. Our accounting is not complete: only an in-depth, on-the-ground census could come close to achieving that,” the group said.

“But if journalism is the first draft of history, then this dossier may claim to be an early historical analysis of the military intervention’s known human costs.”

To what should be no one’s surprise, the US military and the Iraqi government disputed the findings.

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#1 ::: David Harmon sees spam ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2014, 05:43 AM:

This post probably ought to have its comments turned off. Not that the issue has gone away, but there are newer wars. :(

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