Thursday, January 11, 2007

98. Blood, Guts and Glory

Today, Mr Bush declared that he would be committing 21,500 more troops to Iraq, hoping to stabilise the increasingly turbulent country.

Based on this study, there have been approximately 655,000 casualties since the Iraqi conflict began in 2003, with most of the deaths being violence-related (attributable to gunfire and bombings). However, worsening health and environmental conditions also contributed to thousands of deaths. Since March 2003, 2.5% of Iraqi's population has perished above what would have occurred without the conflict.

Comparatively, 3 million civilians died over the course of the Vietnam War.

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