This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s website.

The Human Rights Commission of Iraq, a body attached to the Iraqi parliament, issued statistics on Wednesday for the one-year impact of Daesh (ISIL, ISIS) on that country. Some of the numbers have to be taken with a grain of salt, but others are likely about right. Iraq is a country of about 32 million people, 60% of which are Shiite, 22 percent are Kurdish, and 17 percent are Sunni Arab. Here are those horrifying numbers:

Number of Iraqis displaced from their homes by Daesh in past year: 3 million

Number of Iraqis killed by Daesh in past year: 50,000

Number of Yazidi girls kidnapped and enslaved: 400

Number of Daesh %2010,000


Number%20of “ghost soldiers” allegedly on the rolls in Iraq but actually non-existent: 50,000

Iraqis in need of humanitarian assistance: 80,000

Cost for World Health Organization to take care of food needs of the 3 million displaced right now: 60 million euros

Related video added by Juan Cole:

Iraq: How ISIS gains support in Mosul? BBC News

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