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2009 Less Bloody Than 2008 for Iraqi Civilians

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Posted on Jan 1, 2010
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The nongovernmental group Iraq Body Count put the number of civilian deaths in Iraq at 4,497 for 2009. Above is a scene from Baghdad in 2008, a year for which the group put the civilian death toll at 9,226.

A group that monitors the death toll in Iraq believes the number of civilian deaths in 2009 to be less than half the number for 2008. Yet the United Kingdom-based group said that terrorist violence “still afflicts Iraq’s population more than any other.”  —JCL

The BBC:

Violence against civilians in Iraq dropped dramatically in 2009, with the lowest death toll since the 2003 US-led invasion, a monitoring group says.

The independent Iraq Body Count group puts the number of civilian deaths for the year up to 16 December at 4,497, less than half the 2008 total of 9,226.

However, it says the impact of security improvements has levelled off and more large-scale attacks are being launched.

Official Iraqi statistics put the number of civilian deaths much lower.

[...] The UK-based non-governmental group bases its reports on media accounts and information from hospitals, morgues and civil society groups.

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By scotttpot, January 8, 2010 at 2:20 pm Link to this comment

Iraq*s population is 1/10 the U.S. so it would be like 50,000 Americans killed in
one year due to a civil war caused by a foreign power. And we don*t know why
“they” hate us? While the surge is spun as a successful reduction of violence?

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By lichen, January 1, 2010 at 10:01 pm Link to this comment

Yep, disenfranchised Iraqi’s that lost their jobs/homes/families/arms/legs are called “terrorists” while the criminal US/UK militaries still roam the streets, killing millions more Iraqi’s, Afgani’s, Pakistani’s, Yemeni’s, Somalese…when will THOSE US military terrorists be put on no-flight lists?  Stay home!!!!

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By samosamo, January 1, 2010 at 8:19 pm Link to this comment

Cold comfort for change from o, the new w on the block.

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By liecatcher, January 1, 2010 at 5:36 pm Link to this comment

2009 LESS BLOODY THAN 2008 FOR IRAQI CIVILIANS

Hey JCL:
Do you think we forgot who cheerleadered “W’s” fake
reasons for doing Iraq?
Presenting a bogus study as evidence is not only
disingenuous, but insulting to Truthdig readers. You
would fit in nicely writing propaganda for the MILITARY
INDUSTRIAL CONSPIRACY.

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By gerard, January 1, 2010 at 4:33 pm Link to this comment

So what was the total killed in the entire war again?  Beginning with the infamous bomb shelter/milk factory episode, and counting all the hospitals and schools?  Double that with each victim having at least two people who loved them dearly, making how many still suffering the loss?  The on top of that, those who got sick and died died as a result of lingering illnesses and wounds that didn’t get proper care because of the war, and that’s how many more?  Gettin’ up there, folks, like a major tragedy, mostly avoidable and pointless.  And afthanistan so far?  And now for Yemen, comin’ up?

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By montanawildhack, January 1, 2010 at 2:10 pm Link to this comment

“Frankly the hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis is a number that does not concern me.”

This quote comes from my most favorite Hebrew Mad. Albright…..

Lots of people might think of her as an evil bitch (maybe even more evil than Hillary) but not me..

She’s so great and wears those really fun broaches that make her seem so motherly….

And according to the Geneva Convention poor swarthy innocent people who happen to get wasted in a war waged by Uncle Sam just don’t count….

Happy New Year people of Iraq…FYI—we ain’t ever leaving….

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By Mary Ann McNeely, January 1, 2010 at 12:41 pm Link to this comment

2009 Less Bloody Than 2008 in Iraq

Tell it to the dead and the maimed!

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