Sunday, January 30, 2005

THE IRAQI MINISTRY OF HEALTH has released civilian casualty figures for the first time since the war began. In the 5-month period between July 1, 2004, and December 1, 2004, 3,200 Iraqi civilians died; 135 of those were children. In Fallujah, 507 civilians have been killed, most of them as a result of the U.S. attack on that city. According to the (UK) Guardian, one can extrapolate from these statistics to estimate that 600 civilians are being killed every month in Iraq as a result of U.S. military and insurgent violence, which works out to 11,000 civilian casualties in the past 18 months.

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