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[casi] Iraq Death Toll

I have added to my website   (  in the Peace Matters
section ) a counter that will show the
Iraq Body Count, which is part of  a project to headline the
daily toll of civilian casualties in the Iraq conflict.

 I admit to having serious reservations about showing a body count but
accurate and reliable statistics are essential in our contact with MPs and
lobby groups and no newspaper will want to show this.
The compiler's qualifications and methodology are detailed on the page and
their latest press release is shown below.
General Tommy Franks, US Central Command says "We don't do body counts" so
it is unlikely  we will ever hear about the real tragedy to the civilian


IRAQ BODY COUNT Press Release 12 February 2003

"We don't do body counts" -General Tommy Franks, US Central Command


Iraq Body Count, a project to headline the
daily toll of civilian casualties in the Iraq conflict.

The rolling update shows the starkest statistic of war: a minimum and
maximum estimate of total civilian deaths from military action by the
USA and its allies, as gathered from a variety of online news sources,
starting January 1st 2003. With US/UK bombing sorties "preparing the
ground" for invasion, the project has already recorded five deaths
this year resulting directly from US-UK air strikes.

Clicking on a web counter will take browsers to the website for further information, including key
details of each incident recorded in a constantly-updated public

This is the first time such a compilation has been done on a virtually
real-time basis, which has been made possible through remote
collaboration of the principal workers in the project team, and it is
hoped that Iraq Body Count will serve as a model for others.

The project builds upon the earlier work of Professor Marc Herold who
produced the most comprehensive tabulation
( of civilian deaths in the war on
Afghanistan from October 2001 to the present, and the data extraction
methodology has been designed in close consultation with him. Casualty
figures are derived from a comprehensive survey of accredited online
media sources, and where these report differing figures, the range (a
minimum and a maximum) are given. In a further development of the
methodology, all results are independently reviewed and error-checked
by at least three members of the Iraq Body Count project team before

Project leader Hamit Dardagan said "Civilian casualties are the most
unacceptable consequence of all wars. Each civilian death is a tragedy
and should never be regarded as the 'cost' of achieving our countries'
war aims, because it is not we who are paying the price. One in four
killed in the Afghan war were civilians, and in Yugoslavia the
proportion was even higher. We believe it is a moral and humanitarian
duty that each such death be recorded, publicised, given the weight it
deserves and, where possible, investigated to establish whether there
are grounds for criminal proceedings."

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