A Dossier of Civilian Casualties in Iraq: 2003-2005
New analysis of civilian casualties in Iraq: Report
unveils comprehensive details
"A Dossier on Civilian Casualties in Iraq, 2003-2005" is the
first detailed account of all non-combatants reported killed or wounded during
the first two years of the continuing conflict. The report, published by Iraq
Body Count in association with Oxford Research Group, is based on comprehensive
analysis of over 10,000 media reports published between March 2003 and March
Click to download the dossier (pdf
Findings include:Who was killed?
When did they die?
- 24,865 civilians were reported killed in the first two years.
- Women and children accounted for almost 20% of all civilian
- Baghdad alone recorded almost half of all deaths.
Who did the killing?
- 30% of civilian deaths occurred during the invasion phase
before 1 May 2003.
- Post-invasion, the number of civilians killed was almost
twice as high in year two (11,351) as in year one (6,215).
What was the most lethal weaponry?
- US-led forces killed 37% of civilian victims.
- Anti-occupation forces/insurgents killed 9% of civilian
- Post-invasion criminal violence accounted for 36% of all
- Killings by anti-occupation forces, crime and unknown agents
have shown a steady rise over the entire period.
How many were injured?
- Over half (53%) of all civilian deaths involved explosive
- Air strikes caused most (64%) of the explosives deaths.
- Children were disproportionately affected by all explosive
devices but most severely by air strikes and unexploded ordnance (including
Who provided the information?
- At least 42,500 civilians were reported wounded.
- The invasion phase caused 41% of all reported injuries.
- Explosive weaponry caused a higher ratio of injuries to
deaths than small arms.
- The highest wounded-to-death ratio incidents occurred during
the invasion phase.
- Mortuary officials and medics were the most frequently cited
- Three press agencies provided over one third of the reports
- Iraqi journalists are increasingly central to the reporting
Speaking today at the launch of the report in London, Professor
John Sloboda, FBA, one of the report's authors said: "The ever-mounting Iraqi
death toll is the forgotten cost of the decision to go to war in Iraq. On
average, 34 ordinary Iraqis have met violent deaths every day since the invasion
of March 2003. Our data show that no sector of Iraqi society has escaped. We
sincerely hope that this research will help to inform decision-makers around the
world about the real needs of the Iraqi people as they struggle to rebuild their
country. It remains a matter of the gravest concern that, nearly two and half
years on, neither the US nor the UK governments have begun to systematically
measure the impact of their actions in terms of human lives
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