Around 655,000 people have died in Iraq as a result of the US-led coalition invasion, according to the largest scientific analysis yet. That is 2.5% of the country's entire population. . . .
The death rate before the invasion was a fairly normal 5.5% of people per year. Since March 2003, it has averaged 13.2%, the researchers found. More worrying, the death rate has risen every year since the invasion: this year reaching 19.8%, a near-fourfold increase over pre-invasion levels.
11 October 2006
The real price of Iraqi ‘freedom’
The New Scientist has reported the results of the largest study so far conducted into death rates in Iraq (here). Here is a summary of their findings: