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:
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.

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