No milestones for the Iraqi dead

News & Politics

The death of 2,000 soldiers is undoubtedly tragic, but this New York Times article reminds us that it is Iraqi civilians who have borne much of the brunt of the war. The numbers vary wildly, primarily because the Pentagon and the Iraqi government refuse to keep tabs on the Iraqi dead. Iraq Body Count offers the most reliable guesstimate the total of Iraqi dead since the American-led invasion, placing it between 26,690 to 30,051. With terrorists ever more willing to target Iraqi civilians, the numbers are likely to get worse in a hurry:

Mr. Cordesman found in a recent analysis of American figures that more than 60 Iraqis were killed daily this year, up from 40 last year.Adult males make up 82 percent of all Iraqis killed since the American invasion, according to a study released by Iraq Body Count in July. Children account for about 10 percent of the total and women about 8 percent, according to the study. [LINK]

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