Thursday, November 09, 2006

600,000 or 150,000?

First there was the infamous study by Lancet that stated that there have been 655,000 excess deaths in Iraq since 2003, but an Iraqi official has come out stating that a closer estimate is about 150,000. Granted that is more than expected, but it is less than 1/4 the outrageous amount that had been previously estimated.

That number was actually based on body counts, not interviews, and included civilians, police, as well as the many people who had been abducted, maimed, tortured, and beheaded by Iraqi insurgents.

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