Throughout the Iraq campaign, there’s been little discussion about the toll on Iraqis, especially the casualty count. Now at last what is described as “[o]ne of the first attempts to independently estimate the loss of civilian life from the Iraqi war….” has given us a number: “…at least 100,000 Iraqi civilians may have died because of the U.S. invasion.”
The researchers called their estimate conservative because they excluded deaths in Fallujah, a city west of Baghdad that has been the scene of particularly intense fighting and has accounted for a disproportionately large number of deaths in the survey.
“We are quite confident that there’s been somewhere in the neighborhood of 100,000 deaths, but it could be much higher,” Roberts said.
Others aren’t so sure. A Human Rights Watch analyst thought the numbers were “inflated.”
Even if it’s inflated, there are tens of thousands of civilians who have died. Forty-six percent of the deaths were of children under the age of 15. How many Iraqi soldiers were killed in the invasion is a number I still haven’t seen.