According to a survey conducted by Iraq Body Count, 25,000 civilians have died in Iraq since the US invasion.
I have no idea who’s behind Iraq Body Count, what their political leanings are, or how credible their research is. The 25,000 number seems to be far less than the 100,000 estimated by Lancet earlier.
Some disturbing facts:
- […]37% of all non-combatant deaths were caused by the US-led coalition.
- Insurgents are said to have caused 9% of the deaths, while post-invasion criminal violence was responsible for another 36%.
Unless Iraq Body Count’s numbers are a complete fabrication, it’s only logical to assume that coalition-caused casualties simply go unreported in the mainstream media. Going by what CNN or the NY Times have to say, I (and any American) would have imagined that nearly all casualties were caused by insurgents or terrorists.
Every established truth becomes suspect… Faiz