Tuesday, April 3, 2007

...and counting...

(Occasional sobering thoughts.) According to Iraq Body Count, as of March 30, 2007, between 60,411 and 66,280 Iraqi women, children, and men have died in the Iraqi conflict -- an increase of 1,085 to 1,130 deaths in 2 weeks. That number is exponentially less than an update published in Britain's premier medical journal, The Lancet, in which researchers determined that 655,000 Iraqis have died in the conflict. (p.10) We noted the 1st Lancet study in our initial "... and counting ..." post; Kevin Jon Heller commented on the update on March 28, 2007, at Opinio Juris.
American servicemember fatalities, through April 2, 2007: 3,257 persons. Total coalition fatalities: 3,517 persons. (That's 42 servicemember deaths since March 17, all but 2 Americans.) Total U.S. wounded increased, for the 1st time in weeks, to 24,314 persons.
Still no source for Afghan civilian casualties. Military casualties in the conflict Afghanistan stand at 376 Americans and 170 other coalition servicemembers, an increase of 3 persons, all Americans, in the last 2 weeks. The number of American servicemembers wounded has dropped, and given the questions about these figures, we decline to continue reciting them.

1 comment:

Diane Marie Amann said...

See also Sudarsan Raghavan, "Sum of Death Statistics: A Perilous Iraq," Washington Post, Apr. 4, 2007, at A9, available at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/03/AR2007040301948.html.