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Death in Iraq

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Jul 4, 2005
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"The scene was grimly familiar. Three car bombs in rapid succession sent plumes of smoke into the evening sky. The target was foreign reporters and contractors inside two hotels here. But the victims, as is often the case, were Iraqis.

The war here has claimed the life of the 2,000th American soldier, but in the cold calculus of the killing, far more Iraqis have been left dead. The figures vary widely, with Iraqi and American officials reluctant to release even the most incomplete of tallies. In one count, compiled by Iraq Body Count, a U.S.-based nonprofit group that tracks the deaths using news media reports, the total of Iraqi dead since the American invasion in 2003 ranges from 26,690 to 30,051.

Anthony Cordesman, a military expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, a nonprofit research group, who has analyzed statistics of American deaths in Iraq, called the group's count "the best guesstimate in town," but warned that the figures were far from complete."


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