At least 34 people a day have been killed in Iraq since the war began. That is the distressing claim made in a new survey carried out by Iraq Body Count. The US-British non-government group says nearly 25-thousand civilians, police and army recruits have died because of action by coalition troops, insurgents or criminal gangs. According to media reports monitored by Iraq Body Count, nearly half the deaths occurred in Baghdad, where a fifth of Iraq’s 25 million people live. However, because the media in Iraq is forced to focus on the capital for security reasons, it is likely the figures under-estimate the real number of conflict related fatalities.The numbers do not include serving Iraqi military or combatant deaths as there are no official or unofficial accounts. The survey also appears not to capture the full extent of the devastation caused by insurgent car bombings. Almost sixty people died last Saturday when a suicide bomber blew up a fuel truck. Just one of hundreds of attacks which have killed an estimated 1,500 Iraqi civilians since the end of April, a period not covered in the survey.
Thousands of Iraqi civilians killed since war began