Black People : Over 100,000 Iraqi Deaths Since War...

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  1. Aqil

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    The toll is much higher than previous estimates

    The number of Iraqi deaths has soared to 100,000 more than normal since the Iraq invasion. The high death rate is mainly due to violence, with many of the victims women and children, according to U.S. Public Health experts. "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, MD, 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 coalition forces accounted for the most violent deaths," the report added.

    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 toll as high as 16,053 and military fatalities as high as 6370. By comparison, 852 U.S. troops were killed in combat or attacks, and 258 died in accidents or incidents not related to fighting, according to the Pentagon, bringing the total to 1,110 since the March 20, 2003 invasion. More than 8,000 U.S. 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 the 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 U.S.-led forces. "Most individuals reportedly killed by coalition forces were women and children," Roberts said.