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These are recent briefings produced by Cambridge Solidarity with Iraq (CASI, the successor organisation to Cambridge Against Sanctions on Iraq).
Denial of Water to Iraqi Cities
Water supplies to Tall Afar, Samarra and Fallujah were cut off during US attacks during the past two months, affecting up to 750,000 civilians. This appears to form part of a deliberate US policy of denying water to the residents of cities under attack. If so, it has been adopted without a public debate, and without consulting Coalition partners. It is a serious breach of international humanitarian law, and is deepening Iraqi opposition to the United States, other coalition members, and the Iraqi government.
This briefing outlines the evidence for the denial of water to Iraqi civilians, discusses stated justifications for these tactics, and analyses some of the implications. It calls for the immediate cessation of this tactic, which causes severe and undue suffering to civilians under attack.
Mortality in Iraq after the Invasion
On 29 October, the Lancet, a pre-eminent British medical journal, published a study by a team of researchers from the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health entitled "Mortality before and after the 2003 invasion of Iraq" The authors concluded that
[m]aking conservative assumptions, we think that about 100 000 excess deaths, or more have happened since the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Violence accounted for most of the excess deaths and air strikes from coalition forces accounted for most violent deaths.
The full report is available for download here (pdf file).
The following briefing explores some of the criticisms made of the report. In particular, the UK Government's response to the study is found to be inaccurate and misleading in a number of important respects.
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