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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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Deadly spate of attacks kill 'at least 33' in Iraq

Deadly attacks in Iraq killed at least 33 people today, including a dozen children slain when a suicide bomber detonated the explosives-laden car he was driving near their elementary school in the north of the country, officials said.

The attacks are the latest in a relentless wave of killing that has made for Iraq's deadliest outburst of violence since 2008.

Dozens killed in a spate of bomb attacks in Iraq. Credit: Reuters

Iraq car bomb kills 12 children, headteacher

This morning's suicide car bomb in the northern Iraqi village of Tal Afar targeted a school for children aged six to 12-years-old, the village's mayor Abdul Aal al-Obeidi said.

The dead in the village include 12 children, the school head and two policemen who were victims of a separate bomb nearby.

"We and Iraq are plagued by al-Qaeda. It's a tragedy. These innocent children were here to study. What sins did these children commit?

– Tal Afar mayor Abdul Aal al-Obeidi

At least 27 dead in Iraq suicide blasts

At least 27 people - many of them children - were killed in Iraq suicide bombs today after attackers targeted a primary school and a police station, officials said.

Two car bombs were detonated in the Shiite Turkomen village of Qabak in northern Iraqi this morning, while another attacker on foot detonated a bomb among Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad.

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Bomb blasts in Iraq 'deadliest' in series of attacks

Iraq's interior ministry spokesman has said a suicide bomber who blew himself up among Shiite pilgrims in northern Baghdad, is the deadliest in a series of attacks that have killed 41 people.

Mourners carry the coffin of a victim was killed by suicide bombers during a funeral at holy city of Kadhimiya in Baghdad Credit: Reuters

The bomber struck a pedestrian checkpoint for pilgrims in the largely Sunni neighborhood of Azamiyah, said Interior Ministry spokesman Saad Maan. He added that at least 56 people were also wounded in the attack.

The bombings followed earlier attacks on Saturday that killed 21 other people.

At least '22 injured' in Iraq cafe suicide bombing

At least 13 people have died and another 22 injured after a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a cafe in a largely Shiite town north of Baghdad, the local mayor said.

According to the Associated Press, Balad Mayor Malik Lefta said the coffee shop was in the centre of the town, which is 50 miles (80km) north of the Iraqi capital.

The bombing follows earlier attacks in which killed at least eight people were killed. Earlier, two television journalists were shot dead and three anti-extremist militiamen killed in a bomb blast.

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