Friday, October 29, 2004

Deaths Due to U.S. Occupation of Iraq

One of the world's most prestigious medical journals, The Lancet, today published a study quantifying the number of Iraqi deaths due to the U.S. invasion and occupation using a technique known as a "cluster sample survey." You can find it in PDF form here or here.

The authors conclude:

Making conservative assumptions, we think that about 100 000 excess deaths, or more have happened since the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Violence accounted for most of the excess deaths and air strikes from coalition forces accounted for most violent deaths.

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