87,000 Iraqis Killed Since 2005

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2009 5:02 PM CDT
An Iraqi policeman inspects the site of a car bomb attack in Fallujah on April 7.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Iraq's government has a put a number on the toll of violence in the country: 87,215 deaths since 2005. The number—provided to AP by a Health Ministry official—counts people killed in violent attacks such as bombings through February. It doesn't count deaths attributed to factors such as infrastructure damage or poor health care. Official figures don't exist before 2005, but AP puts the total number of violent deaths at more than 110,000 since the US-led invasion in 2003.