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Posted by on Mar 20, 2007 in War | 1 comment

Iraq War & Civilians: Bloody Benchmarks

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The overflow yard at the Baghdad Central Morgue

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.

More here.

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