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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Spreading democracy, two-thirds of a million deaths at a time

Study: 655,000 Iraqis die because of war.
In the new study, researchers attempt to calculate how many more Iraqis have died since March 2003 than one would expect without the war. Their conclusion, based on interviews of households and not a body count, is that about 600,000 died from violence, mostly gunfire. They also found a small increase in deaths from other causes like heart disease and cancer.

"Deaths are occurring in Iraq now at a rate more than three times that from before the invasion of March 2003," Dr. Gilbert Burnham, lead author of the study, said in a statement.

Update, 10:12 AM: Juan Cole finds the study to be very plausible, with details.