Iraq War & Civilians: Bloody Benchmarks
Iraq Body Count reports that the fourth year of the war was by far the worst for violence against Iraqi civilians:
* Almost half (44 percent) of all violent civilian deaths after the initial invasion phase occurred in the just-ended year.
* Mortar attacks that kill civilians have quadrupled in the last year (from 73 to 289).
* Massive bomb blasts that kill more than 50 people have nearly doubled in the last year (from 9 to 17).
* Fatal suicide bombs, car bombs, and roadside bombing attacks have doubled in the last year (from 712 to 1476).
* One in 160 of Baghdad’s 6.5 million population has been violently killed since the beginning of the war, representing 64 percent of deaths recorded so far.