29 Oct 2003

Iraqi FlagIraqi toll in the thousands
Washington – An estimated 13 000 Iraqis, including 4 300 non-combatants, were killed during the major combat phase of the war in Iraq. (March 19 to the end of April)

The Project on Defense Alternatives said its estimate was based on a review of US combat data, battlefield press reports, and Iraqi hospital surveys.

Of the total number of Iraqi fatalities during the relevant period, approximately 30{a9f0d31f6175b3e4775e11a66c07db268fb74408d6095f6b46eeec420c0e9f62} (or between 3 200 and 4 300) were non-combatant civilians — that is civilians who did not take up arms,” the report said.

The study, authored by Carl Coneta, found that deaths of Iraqi civilians who did not take up arms in the fighting was as high or higher than in the 1991 Gulf War despite advances in precision weaponry.
(thanks Eon)

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