Iraq, nearly a decade later
It has been another grim year in Iraq, according to Iraq Body Count, which has tracked violent deaths since the invasion in 2003.
It recorded 4,471 civilian deaths in 2012, bringing the cumulative total of Iraqi deaths since the invasion, and including combatants, to 168,103. This is the first year since the withdrawal of US combat troops.
The continuing level of violence in Iraq is depressing, although extraordinarily it is not so much worse in some respects than in the United States.
The rate per 100,000 population of deaths from firearms in Iraq was 5.0 in 2012. In the US it was 3.6 for homicides and 10.3 including suicides.
The rate of all violent deaths in Iraq was 14.4 (most of the rest from explosions), which compares with the total homicide rate in the US of 5.2.*
As I have said many times before, the death toll in Iraq since the invasion has been much too high, and it does not need to be exaggerated by those who opposed the war, who often cite the discredited Lancet figure of 600,000 or an unreliable opinion poll figure of 1.2m.
*The death rate in the US from drugs was 12.9, excluding from alcohol, 8.4.Tagged in: iraq body count
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