15K Civilian Deaths Unreported in Iraq

Military logs show US did keep track
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2010 10:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – More from the analysis of WikiLeaks’ huge file dump: US military logs reveal 15,000 previously unrecorded civilian deaths in Iraq. As reported yesterday, the Iraq war logs show that, despite denying it did so, the US did keep records of Iraqi fatalities. Those fatalities totaled 109,032 between 2004 and 2009, of which 66,000 were civilians and 3,771 were “friendly” allied soldiers. Iraq Body Count, which monitors civilian deaths, concluded 15,000 of those civilian deaths had not yet been recorded.

Most of those additional 15,000 deaths resulted from smaller incidents with only one to three fatalities, the Telegraph reports. “These, together with new information on combatant deaths contained in the logs, will bring the recorded death toll since March 2003 to over 150,000, roughly 80% of whom were civilians,” says a spokesperson. The IBC also says the military logs include descriptions of 23,000 previously unreported violent incidents that involved civilian deaths. For more from WikiLeaks, click here
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