agenda on track. Not included are the soldiers, the
500,000 children killed by
pre-war sanctions, and those maimed by Depleted
Over 600,000 Iraqis Killed: Survey
A joint United States and Iraqi survey says an estimated 655,000
people have died as a result of the US-led invasion of Iraq in
The research compares mortality rates in the country before and
after the fall of president Saddam Hussein, and finds there has
been an increase of about 500 deaths a day.
Critics have dismissed the findings because they are based on a
statistical calculation, rather than an actual body count.
But the researchers, from John Hopkins University in the US, say
their method is accurate and many death certificates have been
provided to authenticate their figures.
The figure is considerably higher than official estimates.
The research has been published in the British medical journal,
The Lancet, whose editor Richard Horton, says he is confident of
But the US president, George Bush, says the survey is not
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