May 23, 2003
Democracy Now

5000 to 10000 Civilians Died in U.S. Invasion of Iraq

The Christian Science Monitor is reporting the evidence is mounting that suggests between 5,000 and 10,000 Iraqi civilians died during the US invasion. . . . By another measure of violence against civilians the war in Iraq was particularly brutal. In the 1989 US invasion of Panama, 13 Panamanian civilians died for every US military fatality. If 5,000 Iraqi civilians died in the latest war, that proportion would be 33 to 1.


"Afghan Massacre: The Convoy of Death," ACFTV, February 4, 2003

["The results were astounding: the donors presented concentrations of toxic and radioactive uranium isotopes between 100 and 400 times greater than in the Gulf veterans tested in 1999."--Alex Kirby, "Afghans ' uranium levels spark alert," BBC News Online, May 22, 2003]

"U.S. Charged With War Crimes," Information Clearing House

["Unlike the Afghans in Cuba, there is no doubt about the status of these captives, whether PoWs or civilians arrested for looting or other crimes under military occupation: all have the right, under the laws of war, to be visited and documented by the International Red Cross."--Ed Vulliamy, "Red Cross denied access to PoWs: Up to 3,000 Iraqis - some of them civilians - believed to be gagged, bound, hooded and beaten at US camps close to Baghdad airport," Guardian, May 25, 2003]

[". . . in the first Gulf war when around 3,500 Iraqi civilians were killed, compared with 100,000 soldiers. . . .

Extrapolating from the death-rates of between 3% and 10% found in the units around Baghdad, one reaches a toll of between 13,500 and 45,000 dead among troops and paramilitaries."--Jonathan Steele, "Body counts," Guardian, May 28, 2003]

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