LONDON - A survey of deaths in Iraqi households estimates that as many as
100,000 more people may have died throughout the country in the 18 months
after the U.S. invasion than would be expected based on the death rate
before the war.
There is no official figure for the number of Iraqis killed since the
conflict began, but some non-governmental estimates range from 10,000 to
30,000. As of Wednesday, 1,081 U.S. servicemen had been killed, according
to the U.S. Defense Department.
The scientists who wrote the report concede that the data they based their
projections on were of ''limited precision,'' because the quality of the
information depends on the accuracy of the household interviews used for
the study. The interviewers were Iraqi, most of them doctors.
Designed and conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, Columbia
University and the Al-Mustansiriya University in Baghdad, the study is
being published Thursday on the Web site of The Lancet medical journal.
The survey indicated violence accounted for most of the extra deaths seen
since the invasion, and air strikes from coalition forces caused most of
the violent deaths, the researchers wrote in the British-based journal.
"Most individuals reportedly killed by coalition forces were women and
children,'' they said