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A report released today claims that nearly 25,000 civilians have died in Iraq since the US-led invasion in March 2003. Over a third of these (37%) were killed by Coalition Forces due to bombings, shootings, etc. The rest is largely due to insurgent attacks, suicide bombers and general bomb attacks.

25,000 civilians.

That's the same as the July 7th London bomb attacks taking place over 446 times in the last two years four months (roughly an attack ever two days) or the 9/11 attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon taking place over 8 times.

Saddam Hussein was in power for 25 years (1978 - 2003) and is reported to have killed around 300,000 civilians during his reign. That works out at 12,000 a year. On those figures the US-led Coalition doesn't seem to be doing too badly as they're averaging about 10,714 a year. Ergo, civilians in Iraq are safer since the Coalition toppled Saddam than before. We're actually saving 1,286 people a year! I reckon the people of Iraq must be mighty pleased about that! Of course the report doesn't include the death toll from the Iraqi military or Insurgents - that might tip the balance.

25,000 Civilians Killed In Iraq (BBC News Online; Tuesday 19th July 2005)

2986  - 9/11 (including WTC, Pentagon and four planes)
56 - 7/7 (including three trains and one bus)

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gabby2600
Jul. 20th, 2005 12:33 am (UTC)
Yu hae to remeber the governments see it as us and them. Sadly thats the way many papers and news stories paint it.

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