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There were 50% more deaths among Iraqi civilians than usual, according to a study into the death toll in the Middle Eastern nation from March 2003 to June 2011, a study found:
A study published in PLOS Medicine revealed how the death rate had risen dramatically during after the fall of Saddam.
- The number of deaths per 1,000 people was 50% higher over the eight year period covered by the report, than it was in the 26 months prior to the war.
- This resulted in 405,000 "excess" deaths.
- 62% of violent deaths were caused by gunshots.
- Car bombs caused 12% and other explosions 9%.
- Most non-violent deaths were caused by heart conditions.
Almost half a million Iraqis have died because of the conflict which is, "far from over" and continues to cost people their lives at "an alarming rate", a study has found.
Approximately 461,000 Iraqis perished between March 2003, when coalition forces began the invasion, and June 2011, six months before the war officially ended.
The study, published in journal PLOS Medicine, said most of the deaths had been caused by violence but around a third were caused indirectly by failures in the health system and the collapse of supply networks and sanitation.
A further 56,000 deaths were missed, the study estimated, as a result of migration out of the country.