Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Official statistics show Iraqi deaths at least 20,000 higher than previously admitted

The Los Angeles Times reports that the total of Iraqi deaths due to direct violence in the war is now, officially, in excess of 50,000. The total deaths caused by the US/UK invasion is now, almost certainly, well in excess of 100,000, the figure previously documented in the only representative national survey to date.

"War's Iraqi Death Toll Tops 50,000
Higher than the U.S. estimate, the tally likely is undercounted. Proportionately, it is as if 570,000 Americans were slain in three years.

BAGHDAD — At least 50,000 Iraqis have died violently since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, according to statistics from the Baghdad morgue, the Iraqi Health Ministry and other agencies — a toll 20,000 higher than previously acknowledged by the Bush administration.

Many more Iraqis are believed to have been killed but not counted because of serious lapses in recording deaths in the chaotic first year after the invasion, when there was no functioning Iraqi government, and continued spotty reporting nationwide since."