Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Civilian deaths in Iraq: a timely survey

What is the real death toll in Iraq? Jonathan Steele and Suzanne Goldenberg report | World news | The Guardian: "and torture chambers). Averaged over his time in power, the annual rate does not exceed 29,000.

"Only the conservatively calculated Iraq Body Count death toll credits the occupation with an average annual rate that is less than that - some 18,000 deaths in the five years so far. Every other source, from the WHO to the surveys of Iraqi households, puts the average well above the Saddam-era figure. Those who claim Saddam's toppling made life safer for Iraqis have a lot of explaining to do."

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