655,000 ‘excess’ dead in Iraq.
The Washington Post reports:
A team of American and Iraqi epidemiologists estimates that 655,000 more people have died in Iraq since coalition forces arrived in March 2003 than would have died if the invasion had not occurred.
Of the total 655,000 estimated “excess deaths,” 601,000 resulted from
violence and the rest from disease and other causes, according to the
study. This is about 500 unexpected violent deaths per day throughout
The survey was done by Iraqi physicians and overseen by epidemiologists
at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. The
findings are being published online today by the British medical
journal the Lancet.
For a PDF of the Lancet article, click here.