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Iraq Death Count Tops 6000

As the world focuses on places like Syria and Iran—if not also the debt limit/shutdown fiasco on Capitol Hill—sectarian violence continues to tear Iraq apart. In the past two days, as many as 40 people have been killed in at least eight separate attacks. On Monday, a wave of simultaneous bombings killed more than 30 people in Shia-dominated areas across Iraq. Tuesday, a bombing near a mosque in the northern city of Kirkuk killed at least eight Sunni worshipers. In all, more than 125 people were wounded. Reuters:

Insurgents usually intensify their attacks during religious holidays in Iraq, and security officials expect more violence over the coming days.

More than 6,000 people have been killed in bloodshed so far this year as Sunni Islamist and other insurgents regain ground and momentum in an onslaught against Iraq’s Shi’ite-led government.

In the wake of similar attacks last month the BBC released a stunning graph showing that Iraq had already surpassed all prior years up to 2008 in civilian deaths in bombing attacks. The number of deaths has now surpassed 6,000 and may even top the 2008 death-toll of 6,787 by year’s end.

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  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    I’m trying to get a handle on how bad this is and since Iraq has about 32 million in population, this is a murder rate of about 21 per 100,000 in population. I know this number isn’t for murders but bombing attacks, but for the sake of comparison I found this:
    Which lists dozens of countries with murder rates higher than 21 per 100,000, and even has historical listings for some countries of over 100 per 100,000. So I’m thinking that after a decade of war, 21 per 100,000 is bad but not historically bad. The murder rate in Louisiana is 11.2, 19.2 in Greenland, 91.6 in Honduras, and none of those places have suffered a decade of war.

    • ljgude

      Amen brother! I too immediately wanted to put it in perspective. I start with human Rights Watch’s number for Saddam’s death toll during his 23 years in power – 450,000 EXCLUDING war casualties. That’s about 20,000 per year on average for 23 years. Iraqbodycount .org, another nice warm fuzzy leftist web site (sarcasm alert) that certainly has opposed the Iraq war from the gitgo gives a range from 114,973 to 126,121 since the invasion in 2003. Divide the larger number by 10 years and you get 12 and a half thousand per year. In all fairness to IBC they analyze the civilian death toll in great depth, and the broad picture, which I think is credible, is that the highest civilian death rate was during the initial invasion and that it increased significantly in the period 2005-07 and came back down in 2008 because of The Surge. (No one even mentions The Surge much any more do they?) And have settled into a steady but still considerable death toll since. So no, WRM and busy little helpers, it is business as usual in Iraq. with the current death toll running at about half the average since the invasion and about of third ot the death toll in the good old days under Saddam. Y’all have to admit that boy was good at what he did.

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