Saturday, October 15, 2005

3,663 Iraqis killed in past 6 months

(AP): Saturday's vote on Iraq's new constitution takes place nearly six months after the country's first elected government took power, and during that period at least 3,663 Iraqis have been killed in war-related violence, according to an Associated Press count.

The current interim government took power on April 28 after long negotiations that followed parliamentary elections in January.

The AP gathered the statistics on Iraqi dead on a daily basis from hospital officials, Iraqi police, the Iraqi military and other government officials.

The Iraqi deaths include civilians, bodyguards, police, security forces and the military. They do not include the nearly 1,000 Shiite pilgrims killed in an Aug. 21 stampede on a Baghdad bridge that began when rumors spread through the crowd that a suicide bomber was among the faithful.

As of Thursday, the AP count also showed that at least 395 members of the U.S. military have died in the same period.

Since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, at least 1,970 members of the U.S. military have died, according to a separate AP count. At least 1,531 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers. The figures include five military civilians.

There is no way to compare the Iraqi death toll from April 28 to present with earlier periods because it was impossible to obtain figures from many areas of the country. Also there is still no single central source for war-related Iraqi deaths.

3 Comments:

Blogger G_in_AL said...

I the the term "war related".... that is a nice way of not singaling out the insurgents, and thus allowing the US military to share the blame for their suicide bombings in an open market.

October 17, 2005 4:34 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

sdxbugin the rest of the world apart from the US the US military/government is seen as totaly to blame for the insurgancy , it is only you guys in the USthat for some odd reason thinks it should be seperated !

i have said many times G , you started the fire but now you dont want to be blamed for the fire !

sorry buddy , as colin powell said , you break it , you own it !

October 17, 2005 9:34 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

erm dont ask me what sdxbugin is !!!

it should just say the word "in"

October 17, 2005 9:35 pm  

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