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IBC: At least 22,500 Civilians Killed in 2007
Death Rate High, but Down from 2006, Body Count Figures Say
01/02/2008 7:02 PM ET
Year Civilians Killed
2003 10,077 – 12,010
2004 9,741 – 10,573
2005 13,071 – 14,324
2006 25,699 – 27,519
2007 22,586 – 24,159
Total 2003-07 81,174–88,585

Iraq Body Count, which monitors Iraqi civilian casualties on the basis of media reports, has released its preliminary tally for 2007 Iraqi civilian deaths.

According to IBC's figures, 2007 was the second most deadly year for Iraqi civilians since the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, with the figure for the year running between a minimum of 22,586 to a maximum of 24,159.

Within Iraq, IBC found a general downward trend from month to month in civilian deaths in Baghdad, while civilian deaths climbed each month for the first eight months of the year outside the capital. After September, a sharp drop is seen in the casualty count outside of Baghdad, but IBC notes that after March 2007 civilian deaths outside the capital outnumbered those in Baghdad, for the first time since 2003.

While IBC identifies several interesting aspects of the data in its full discussion of the data, the

Measuring deaths from violence per capita, Diyala province was the most deadly in 2007, with 255 reported civilian deaths from violence per 100,000 inhabitants. The five highest per-capita civilian violent death rates are as follows, according to IBC.

  1. Diyala, at 255 violent civilian deaths per 100,000 inhabitants (up 29% from 197/100k in 2006)
  2. Baghdad, at 164/100k (down 39% from 267/100k)
  3. Anbar, at 122/100k (up 61% from 76/100k)
  4. Salah al-Din, at 120/100k (up 26% from 95/100k)
  5. Ninewa, at 100/100k (up 143% from 41/100k)

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