Tuesday, September 28, 2004

US killing more Iraqi Civilians than Insurgents

Iraq has offically become a total clusterfuck:

"Operations by U.S. and multinational forces and Iraqi police are killing twice as many Iraqis - most of them civilians - as attacks by insurgents, according to statistics compiled by the Iraqi Health Ministry and obtained exclusively by Knight Ridder.  
 
According to the ministry, the interim Iraqi government recorded 3,487 Iraqi deaths in 15 of the country's 18 provinces from April 5 - when the ministry began compiling the data - until Sept. 19. Of those, 328 were women and children. Another 13,720 Iraqis were injured, the ministry said."
This is very likely to end far more badly than my worst expectations.


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Iraqi_civilian_war_dead_

Graphic courtesy Knight Ridder Newspapers

While most of the dead are believed to be civilians, the data include an unknown number of police and Iraqi national guardsmen. Many Iraqi deaths, especially of insurgents, are never reported, so the actual number of Iraqis killed in fighting could be significantly higher.  
 
During the same period, 432 American soldiers were killed.  
 




Sources:
Iraqi civilian casualties mounting
NANCY A. YOUSSEF
Knight Ridder Newspapers, Posted on Sat, Sep. 25, 2004
http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/9753603.htm

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