'461,000' Iraqis died in war

Almost half a million Iraqis have died since the start of the war in March 2003, Iraqi and US researchers have estimated. They found that a third of the deaths were due to non-violent factors like poor health care and sanitation.

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Study: 50% more civilian deaths after Iraq war began

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.

Just under 'half a million' Iraqis dead because of war

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.

Residents carry a coffin during the funeral of a victim killed in clashes with security forces in Falluja, Iraq, on January 26, 2013. Credit: PA

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.

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