June 12, 2007

Iraqi Deaths: Three Independent Sources

This Entry is a Work-in-Progress

Despite what the establishment media is willing to report, three credible, independent sources estimate hundreds of thousands.

First, everyone should be familiar with what's called the Johns Hopkins Study on excess deaths between March 2003 and July 2006, published in The Lancet British medical journal. The study estimates a range of about 400,000 to 900,000, with a average of about 655,000.

Second, former US military intelligence analyst, pfc. Evan Knappenberger, cites an independent number:

At the time we had concluded that there were close to 3/4 of a million civilian deaths over the course of the Iraq war. Now I would guess it is probably upwards of a million.

Knappenberger bases his statement on his own involvement in intelligence analysis:

I personally read through about 30,000 separate reports of civilian casualties in Iraq and put together a picture over a very long period of time, of the situation around Baghdad as far as what they call SECMAK now, which is sectarian murders and killings. After a month of reading through these reports, we started to get a picture of what was going on. Unfortunately, it was pretty much ignored by the chain of command.

In response to Knappenberger's estimate, Amy Goodman of DemocracyNow made the following statement, leading me to search for a third independent source:

Well that actually coincides with the two studies done most recent, a million, and before that The Lancet, the British medical journal published that study from Johns Hopkins University, saying around 655,000.

Editorial Note: I'm trying to track down Amy Goodman's reference to another study that estimates 1,000,000 excess Iraqi deaths since the US assault.


Johns Hopkins Study Press Release
, October 11, 2006.

DemocracyNow, June 12, 2007.

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