Study: Over 1 million Iraqis killed since 2003 invasion

Published January 31st, 2008 - 10:41 GMT

More than one million Iraqis have died because of the war in Iraq since the US-led invasion of the country in 2003, according to a study issued Wednesday. A fifth of Iraqi households lost at least one family member between March 2003 and August 2007 due to the conflict, said data compiled by London-based Opinion Research Business (ORB) and its research partner in Iraq, the Independent Institute for Administration and Civil Society Studies (IIACSS).


According to AFP, the study based its findings on survey work involving the face-to-face questioning of 2,414 Iraqi adults aged 18 or above, and the last complete census in Iraq in 1997, which indicated a total of 4.05 million households.  "We now estimate that the death toll between March 2003 and August 2007 is likely to have been in the order of 1,033,000," ORB said in a statement.


The margin of error for the survey was 1.7 percent, making the estimated range between 946,000 and 1.12 million fatalities.


The highest rate of deaths throughout the country reported in Baghdad, where more than 40 percent of households had lost a family member. According to a July 2007 estimate by the United States, Iraq's population is around 27 million.


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