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1. Posted by mcmanusbm (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Iraq Body Count Press Release 13, 9th March 2006. En Español In Italiano
For current totals including the update below, see our database page.

IRAQ DEATH TOLL IN THIRD YEAR
OF OCCUPATION IS HIGHEST YET

The civilian death toll has risen inexorably for the entire duration of the US-led military presence in Iraq following the initial invasion. That is the grim reality uncovered by ongoing tracking of media reports by the Iraq Body Count project (IBC).

Figures released by IBC today, updated by statistics for the year 2005 from the main Baghdad morgue, show that the total number of civilians reported killed has risen year-on-year since May 1st 2003 (the date that President Bush announced “major combat operations have ended”):

6,331 from 1st May 2003 to the first anniversary of the invasion, 19th March 2004 (324 days: Year 1)
11,312 from 20th March 2004 to 19th March 2005 (365 days: Year 2)
12,617 from 20th March 2005 to 1st March 2006 (346 days: Year 3).
In terms of average violent deaths per day this represents:

20 per day in Year 1
31 per day in Year 2 and
36 per day in Year 3.
The IBC figure for Year 3 includes no deaths from March 2006, excludes the bulk of killings which followed the 22nd February bombing of a major Shiite Muslim shrine in Samarra, and lacks Baghdad morgue data for January and February this year. If January and February 2006 are excluded as being clearly incomplete, then the daily death rate for the remaining part of Year 3 rises to 40 (11,480 deaths over 287 days = 40 per day). However even before Year 3 has ended, and with incomplete data for its final months, the number of civilians reported killed is already higher than for all of Year 2 (12,617 vs. 11,312).

Although what has been described as ‘sectarian violence’ undoubtedly contributes to a growing proportion of deaths, the last year’s total includes 370 known civilian deaths from military action by US-led forces and 2,231 from anti-occupation activity against coalition and Iraqi government targets. The post-invasion increase in criminal activity remains an important concern, but the majority of media reports do not allow a clear identification of the perpetrators or their motives. The “unknown agents” who did most of the killing could fall into any of the categories above, as well as other types of ‘terrorist.’ Reports also indicate that the past year has seen an increasing number of extra-judicial executions.

Speaking from London, Iraq Body Count cofounder John Sloboda said, “Today’s figures are an indictment of three years of occupation, which continues to make the lives of ordinary Iraqis worse, not better. Talk of civil war is a convenient way for the US and Iraqi authorities to mask the real and continuing core of this conflict, which is between an incompetent and brutal occupying power on the one hand and a nationalist insurgency fuelled by grief, anger, and humiliation on the other. This conflict is proof that violence begets more violence. The initial act that sparked this cycle of violence is the illegal US-led invasion of March and April 2003 which resulted in 7,312 civilian deaths and 17,298 injured in a mere 42 days. The insurgency will remain strong so long as the US military remains in Iraq, and ordinary Iraqi people will have more death and destruction to look forward to.”

Iraq Body Count cofounder Hamit Dardagan added: “In September 2003, after our first major review of civil insecurity in Iraq informed by data from the Baghdad morgue, we noted that:

‘The US may be effective at waging war but the descent of Iraq’s capital city into lawlessness under US occupation shows that it is incompetent at maintaining public order and providing security for the civilian population. The US has toppled Saddam and discovered that it won't be discovering any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. So why is it still there? And if the US military can’t ensure the safety of Iraqi civilians and itself poses a danger to them, what is its role in that country?’
“The question still stands, and Iraqis are still being killed in increasing numbers. How many more must die before the architects of the ‘military solution’ for Iraq realise that the only sure way to reduce violence is to stop inflicting it?”

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Gee Bridgett, do you have an agenda with this post or just making the rest of the world aware of what they already know??? I'll leave the post - but this subject has been posted about so often recently that members are getting a bit irritated with it - and it's just not the Americans.

Anyone posting in this thread - play nice or things will be edited or deleted. I know I don't really have to say that - but just a reminder...

3. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

What was the body count before the US and coalition forces entered Iraq?

Oh that's right, nobody bothered counting. And nobody gave a stuff - least of all Iraq Body Count cofounder John Sloboda I bet.

4. Posted by Fern1 (Full Member 53 posts) 10y

They don't have to worry about the mincer either.

5. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 10y

How dare you impune the Lion of Araby!!!
Crazy Sadie NEVER NEVER minced.
He walked that way because of tight kelvar underpants.

6. Posted by maba (Inactive 227 posts) 10y

To Cut and Paste a biased article from a publication without including an opinion or preface to introduce your reasons shows ignorance, arrogance and poor form. This is really just Spam and probably posted on any messaage board she could find. Bridgette has probably moved on - never to return here!!. I don't know her intention I can only assume it's anti USA !!

Anyway, why call it an invasion, it could be just as easily be called a liberation.

It makes us who are really concerned with the suffering, and of course ALL the deaths, think 'some people' are just blinkered, and approve of:-
. The previous death and suffering inflicted by the government on fellow citizens.
. The 8 year war with their neighbour where 1 MILLION died.
. The brainwashed suicide bombers actions of murdering the innocent, in the guise of a resistance movement.

Of course the bombers should realise they really do go to Hell - where all evil people end up. I wonder, @ 70 virgins per murder, there can't be too many virgins left. Then again, this may be an incentive for them to stop blowing themselves, women, children, babies and the other innocent individuals to pieces. Also have they considered the distress of their own families for losing a loved one. It really is a very selfish act with no respect for humanity.

BTW do they really know what they are getting themselves into? one woman is more than enough for any man - I guess the other 69 can go shopping. Oh, and what reward can the female bomber look forward to in her after life?

For the sake of humanity, lets draw a line in the sand now and give the elected representatives a chance to create a stable country. Come on...... try a bit of sanity otherwise it's a no win situation so try dialogue - you know... talk to each other. ;)