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Iraq’s Grim Death Toll: Over 3,000 in June Alone

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Posted on Jul 18, 2006
Grieving Iraqi brother
AP / Mohammed Adnan

A brother grieved beside the coffin of a boy, who appeared to be 8 or 9 years old and was said to have died during a U.S.-led raid near Baqouba, last month at a hospital in Baqouba, Iraq. According to the U.S. military, the raid was staged in the area where terror leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi was killed. The targeted terrorists had ties to senior Al Qaeda leaders across Iraq, the military said.

An average of more than 100 civilians were killed PER DAY in Iraq last month, the highest tally since the fall of Baghdad, according to the U.N. And that number has been steadily increasing since at least last summer.

So not only are things horrifically bad in Iraq, they are getting worse.


N.Y. Times:

By KIRK SEMPLE

BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 18 ? An average of more than 100 civilians per day were killed in Iraq last month, the highest monthly tally of violent deaths since the fall of Baghdad, the United Nations reported today.

The death toll, drawn from Iraqi government agencies, was the most precise measurement of civilian deaths provided by any government organization since the invasion and represented a dramatic increase over daily media reports.

United Nations officials also said that the number of violent deaths had been steadily increasing since at least last summer. In the first six months of this year, the civilian death toll jumped more than 77 percent, from 1,778 in January to 3,149 in June, the organization said.

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By Mark, July 18, 2006 at 6:05 pm Link to this comment
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This is not a problem from the neocon point of view. This was always about destroying the lives and infrastructures of Israel’s rivals, not for the defense of Israel but for its aggrandizment and regional dominance, all at American expense. Mission accomplished. Lots of dead Muslims and Arabs? All the better.

And we Americans paid for it. We may even have destroyed ourselves economically, morally, and politically for it. Aren’t we good little stupid allies? I’m sure Israel is very grateful.

They may even start sending us a little aid package every year after we finally go bankrupt.

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By rachelle, July 18, 2006 at 2:35 pm Link to this comment
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It’s getting to the point that the news generally, but of Iraq in particular, is so upsetting to me that I can’t read it anymore.

My heart goes out to the Iraqis every day…and yet there is that ‘man’ GW, who finds the time to act the goat with Merkel of Germany, oblivious, it seems, to the kind of misery that he has created. Such a good Christian.

There are no words to describe my contempt.

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By John U, July 18, 2006 at 1:42 pm Link to this comment
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Isn’t it time then to wheel Bush out flailing his arms to say “it’s getting better….....” or is it time for him to attack naysayers as being pro terrorist?

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