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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

More than 16,000 Iraqis killed in 2007


Making progress:
Some 16,232 Iraqi civilians were killed during 2007 as a result of sectarian violence and bombing and mortar attacks, an official media source in the Iraqi health ministry said on Tuesday.

"The health ministry has accurate statistics confirming the death of 16,232 civilians during 2007. From this number 481 people were killed during December 2007 alone," the source, who refused to have his name mentioned, told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI).

"In November 2007 the number of deaths were 2,000," the source said, hoping "the Iraqi security forces would manage to reduce Iraqi civilian death tolls during 2008."

On the military front, a statement by the U.S. forces noted that U.S. fatalities in 2007 "reached 899 soldiers, of which 21 were killed in December," compared to "December 2006 during which 112 U.S. soldiers were killed."

The figure is the highest annual count of U.S. deaths since the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

4 Comments:

At 1/03/2008 5:13 PM, Blogger JACK BOO said...

The beginning of the year had very high casualties and since then we've had very, very low casualties. Sure, the year as a whole comes out somewhat more deadly than the last, but the past half-year has seen an amazing drop in casualties.

The media doesn't want to report on the dramatic fall in casualties because they claim they don't see a "trend." Well it's now been six months of plunging violence -- and furthermore, they see "trends," of, say, rising casualties and the implied continuation of rising casualties, where the facts obviously indicate the precise opposite. The casualty rates do indicate a trend -- but not the one the MSM claims.

(ace of spades)

 
At 1/03/2008 5:31 PM, Anonymous who would jesus bomb? said...

You're a sick man, boo. One innocent death is too many.

 
At 1/04/2008 6:19 AM, Blogger JACK BOO said...

Given your "one innocent death" rule we shouldn't have fought the Nazis.

I guess the people that did were sick.

 
At 1/10/2008 2:13 PM, Blogger JACK BOO said...

Um, you might want to post a correction...

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn13164-iraqi-war-death-toll-slashed-in-new-study.html

Of course that would be contingent on the possibility that you happened to be one of those people who don't like to disseminate false information.

I'm not holding my breath.

 

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