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.