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Iraq, by the Numbers

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Posted on Nov 9, 2006
Iraqi Death Toll

That’s the stunning new count of Iraqis killed in the war, according to that country’s health minister—a figure three times higher than previous Iraqi estimates.

  • The minister based his tally on an estimate of 100 bodies arriving at Iraq’s morgues and hospitals every day. He dismissed as inaccurate the widely touted claim of 655,000 Iraqi dead, made by a British medical journal.

  • AP:

    A stunning new death count emerged Thursday, as Iraq’s health minister estimated 150,000 civilians have been killed in the war—about three times previously accepted estimates.

    Moderate Sunni Muslims, meanwhile, threatened to walk away from politics and pick up guns, while the Shiite-dominated government renewed pressure on the United States to unleash the Iraqi army and claimed it could crush violence in six months.

    After Democrats swept to majorities in both houses of the U.S. Congress and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld resigned, Iraqis appeared unsettled and seemed to sense the potential for an even bloodier conflict because future American policy is uncertain. As a result, positions hardened on both sides of the country’s deepening sectarian divide.

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    By Jack Thomas Reid, November 22, 2006 at 8:30 am Link to this comment
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    Here’s what a small town boy has to say about the war in Iraq:
    I live about 30 minutes from a major Canadian Air Force base. This means that everytime a Canadian gets flown home in a flag draped casket I can literally see them on the way to work. I am so tired of this war it is making me sick. ‘W’ needs to pull it all together and find at least a portion of a reason to keep killing innocent people at the expense of the United States tax payer

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    By C Quil, November 10, 2006 at 12:02 pm Link to this comment
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    I thought that the count of 150,000 was the number estimated to have been killed by “insurgents”. Those are just the bodies coming into the morgues. Some have been buried in mass graves, some just quietly buried by relatives. And this doesn’t include those killed by invasion forces over the last couple of years.

    See Juan Cole’s Informed Comment blog today.

    http://www.juancole.com/

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