39,000 Iraqis killed in fighting, new study finds
UNITED NATIONS, Tuesday (Reuters) Some 39,000 Iraqis have been killed
as a direct result of combat or armed violence since the U.S.-led
invasion, a figure considerably higher than previous estimates, a Swiss
institute reported on Monday.
The public database Iraqi Body Count, by comparison, estimates that
between 22,787 and 25,814 Iraqi civilians have died since the March 2003
invasion, based on reports from at least two media sources.
No official estimates of Iraqi casualties from the war have been
issued, although military deaths from the U.S.-led coalition forces are
closely tracked and now total 1,937.
The new estimate was compiled by the Geneva-based Graduate Institute
of International Studies and published in its latest annual small arms
survey, released at a U.N. news conference. It builds on a study
published in The Lancet, a British medical journal, last October, which
concluded there had been 100,000 "excess deaths" in Iraq from all causes
since March 2003. That figure was derived by conducting surveys of Iraqi
mortality data during the war and comparing the results to similar data
collected before the war.