This makes depressing reading.
The New Christmas Festival.
I can see this becoming a major tourist attraction in Iraq, one day. …
Originally posted by Wikileaks/Iraq Body Count:
Deaths in the 'Civilian' category
* More than 12,000 previously unknown deaths are contained in the ‘Civilian’ category of the logs.
* The vast majority of previously unreported deaths arise from small incidents of 1-3 deaths.
Civilians are defined in the Iraq War Logs as Iraqi and other civilians, including foreign contractors. The logs record 66,081 deaths in this category. Since IBC is itself a civilian deaths database, this is the most clearly relevant category for IBC. One exception is that the logs include foreign security contractors in this category, while IBC does not include them in its count. However, the vast majority of 'Civilians' in the logs are Iraqis, so matching this category against IBC is fairly straightforward.
Over 3000 friendly deaths. Over 14% routinely wrongly categorised.
OVER 104,000 know killed since that misbegotten idiot fascist ruined a stable country.
Combining these sources, the detailed calculation below provides a figure of total Iraqi deaths, both civilian and combatant, of 150,726. Adding figures on Coalition military deaths, which now stand at 4,744, brings the number up to 155,470. That is, given our analysis of the new logs, as combined with other previously reported deaths, we are now able to say that more than 150,000 people have been recorded killed in the Iraq war since 2003, of which around 80% were civilian.
The USA has absolutely no right to call the war "over".
Originally posted by Wikipedia:
The invasion of Iraq led to an occupation, violence against "coalition" forces, sectarian groups, insurgency, strife between Sunni and Shia Iraqi groups, a new faction of al-Qaeda, 4.7 million refugees (~16% of the population) with 2 million abroad (a number close to CIA projections) and 2.7 million internally displaced people, five million orphan children and millions forced to rely on insufficient and poor-quality water sources.
It's hard to believe that Saddam was summarily executed for doing a lot less evil than that.