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Report: over 650K Iraqis have died since U.S. invasion

Even if this is only half that figure, that is obscene. And the violence and kidnappings continue unabated. This will be pooh-poohed by the administration in short order, since Bush’s proclaimed estimate is 30K. (Raw Story):

“A team of American and Iraqi epidemiologists estimates that 655,000 more people have died in Iraq since coalition forces arrived in March 2003 than would have died if the invasion had not occurred,” David Brown reports for the Washington Post in Wednesday’s edition.

The Post notes that this figure, “produced by interviewing residents during a random sampling of households throughout the country, is far higher than ones produced by other groups, including Iraq’s government.”

“It is more than 20 times the estimate of 30,000 civilian deaths that President Bush gave in a speech in December,” Brown writes. “It is more than 10 times the estimate of roughly 50,000 civilian deaths made by the British-based Iraq Body Count research group.

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