63% Of People Killed In Iraq War Were Civilians

Inbound Choppers in Afghanistan 2008Xinhua reports:

U.S.-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been causing huge civilian casualties with 63 percent of some 109,000 people killed in the Iraq war being civilians, according to a report on the U.S. human rights record released on Sunday.

The figures were quoted from a WikiLeaks trove by the Human Rights Record of the United States in 2010, which was released by the Information Office of China’s State Council in response to the country reports on Human Rights Practices for 2010 issued by the U.S. Department of State.

Figures from the WikiLeaks website also revealed up to 285,000 war casualties in Iraq from March 2003 through the end of 2009, according to the report.

“The U.S. military actions in Afghanistan and other regions have also brought tremendous casualties to local people,” said the report.

The report cited the notorious case on a “kill team” formed by five soldiers from the 5th Stryker Combat Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan. The team had committed at least three murders, where they randomly targeted and killed Afghan civilians, and dismembered the corpses and hoarded the human bones.

In addition, the U.S.-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization troops had caused 535 Afghan civilian deaths and injuries in 2009. Among them 113 civilians were shot and killed, an increase of 43 percent over 2008, the report quoted McClatchy Newspapers as saying…

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  • Mamagriff50

    We’re killing the people were trying to protect, I don’t want to hear some casulties are expected. This is just way to many. There is no excuse. I hope God is forgiving.

    • MoralDrift

      I hope he is also, but you and I, the ones that recognize the dilemma and did nothing….not even a lame hippie jam fest…….are we the most culpable?

      • Tuna Ghost

        To be blunt: no. You’re not as culpable as someone firing an assault rifle into a crowd.

  • Mamagriff50

    We’re killing the people were trying to protect, I don’t want to hear some casulties are expected. This is just way to many. There is no excuse. I hope God is forgiving.

  • Bud Bundy

    Xinhua sounds vaguely Chinese.

    Why is the Great Harmonious People’s Benevolent Government Democracy of Peace, Happiness, Puppies and Kitties in Harmonious with Great Fluffy White Clouds of Happiness and Equality angry with us?

    • MoralDrift

      Because we owe them a ton of money and we spent their money killing brown people so we could secure the oil there from foreign interests like China. Plus we accuse China of human rights abuses (which they are guilty) but in the same way we are also guilty. The Chinese point is quite simple and very logical, those who live in glass houses should not throw stones

      • metaphorge

        Quoting Xinhua to make your case about anything regarding human rights or atrocities is kind of like quoting King Leopold II of Belgium on race relations; it inherently undermines whatever case you might be making.

        This is not to say that the Iraq War is a horrendous, disgusting mistake. This is to say that it’s kind of stupid to quote Xinhua to support your case when you can _get the exact same statistics_ from countless other sources that are far less ethically compromised.

        • Bud Bundy

          I never said I was right.

          Innocence proves nothing.

  • Bud Bundy

    Xinhua sounds vaguely Chinese.

    Why is the Great Harmonious People’s Benevolent Government Democracy of Peace, Happiness, Puppies and Kitties in Harmonious with Great Fluffy White Clouds of Happiness and Equality angry with us?

  • Anonymous

    Because we owe them a ton of money and we spent their money killing brown people so we could secure the oil there from foreign interests like China. Plus we accuse China of human rights abuses (which they are guilty) but in the same way we are also guilty. The Chinese point is quite simple and very logical, those who live in glass houses should not throw stones

  • Anonymous

    I hope he is also, but you and I, the ones that recognize the dilemma and did nothing….not even a lame hippie jam fest…….are we the most culpable?

  • http://strictlyapathy.comoj.com/ SoulArbiter

    I wonder why it’s always the people on the sidelines in wars that are the ones that suffer the most and pay the forfeit? This is just horrible.

  • http://strictlyapathy.comoj.com SoulArbiter

    I wonder why it’s always the people on the sidelines in wars that are the ones that suffer the most and pay the forfeit.

  • Booo

    109,000 people, yeah right nice convenient estimate, is this figure coming from the military or the US government? Well you guys are going to go broke for this and the rest of the world is laughing, haha – though its a real shame for the decent americans(Non gun slingers) who have gone through the same pain of mind as the rest of us watching this BS happening, and for what? Freedom? – well more freedoms have been repressed since these wars.. democracy? – yeah right….

  • Booo

    109,000 people, yeah right nice convenient estimate, is this figure coming from the military or the US government? Well you guys are going to go broke for this and the rest of the world is laughing, haha – though its a real shame for the decent americans(Non gun slingers) who have gone through the same pain of mind as the rest of us watching this BS happening, and for what? Freedom? – well more freedoms have been repressed since these wars.. democracy? – yeah right….

  • Booo

    109,000 people, yeah right nice convenient estimate, is this figure coming from the military or the US government? Well you guys are going to go broke for this and the rest of the world is laughing, haha – though its a real shame for the decent americans(Non gun slingers) who have gone through the same pain of mind as the rest of us watching this BS happening, and for what? Freedom? – well more freedoms have been repressed since these wars.. democracy? – yeah right….

  • Booo

    109,000 people, yeah right nice convenient estimate, is this figure coming from the military or the US government? Well you guys are going to go broke for this and the rest of the world is laughing, haha – though its a real shame for the decent americans(Non gun slingers) who have gone through the same pain of mind as the rest of us watching this BS happening, and for what? Freedom? – well more freedoms have been repressed since these wars.. democracy? – yeah right….

  • metaphorge

    Quoting Xinhua to make your case about anything regarding human rights or atrocities is kind of like quoting King Leopold II of Belgium on race relations; it inherently undermines whatever case you might be making.

    This is not to say that the Iraq War is a horrendous, disgusting mistake. This is to say that it’s kind of stupid to quote Xinhua to support your case when you can _get the exact same statistics_ from countless other sources that are far less ethically compromised.

  • Alturn

    Share International magazine reported in November 2006 that “The number of deaths in Iraq, as of October 2006, is around 800,000.”
    http://www.share-international.org/magazine/compilation.htm

  • Alturn

    Share International magazine reported in November 2006 that “The number of deaths in Iraq, as of October 2006, is around 800,000.”
    http://www.share-international.org/magazine/compilation.htm

    • Tuna Ghost

      That depends on where and how you’re attaching blame–dead from a bullet, or dead from the chaos caused by the invasion? The infrastructure was demolished, hospitals were destroyed or understaffed. Life-saving resources were difficult, if not impossible, to obtain. These things caused plenty of deaths but the government can get away with not claiming them as “death by US military”.

      • Alturn

        War has collateral damage and all dead because of the act of invasion rightfully should be counted. That the military’s number is so far below what even a respected institution found speaks volumes.

        The full question asked is below:

        Q. A study, produced by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore and published online by the Lancet (one of the world’s leading medical journals), claims that the number of deaths in Iraq is more than 10 times greater than previously estimated. It is said the death toll in Iraq following the US-led invasion has topped 655,000 – one in 40 of the entire population. The US and UK reject the Lancet’s findings. Could your Master please say what the real death toll is as of October 2006?
        A. The number of deaths in Iraq, as of October 2006, is around 800,000.

  • Bud Bundy

    I never said I was right.

    Innocence proves nothing.

  • Tuna Ghost

    To be blunt: no. You’re not as culpable as someone firing an assault rifle into a crowd.

  • Tuna Ghost

    That depends on where and how you’re attaching blame–dead from a bullet, or dead from the chaos caused by the invasion? The infrastructure was demolished, hospitals were destroyed or understaffed. Life-saving resources were difficult, if not impossible, to obtain. These things caused plenty of deaths but the government can get away with not claiming them as “death by US military”.

  • 5by5

    Which is why the whole budget is a complete joke.

    Republican Congressman and Eddie Munster/JC Penneys model Paul Ryan is pleased as punch with himself for “cutting” a whopping 7.8 billion per year for the next ten years from the DOD, while Republican-Lite President Barack Obama’s budget cuts $40 billion per year from Defense over the same time period.

    Meanwhile we spend $12 billion a MONTH in Afghanistan ALONE……

    Get us out of these stupid FUBAR wars, stop spending money shooting civilians, stop giving tax cuts to the uber-wealthy who don’t require it, and take care of regular people here on the HOME FRONT.

  • 5by5

    Which is why the whole budget is a complete joke.

    Republican Congressman and Eddie Munster/JC Penneys model Paul Ryan is pleased as punch with himself for “cutting” a whopping 7.8 billion per year for the next ten years from the DOD, while Republican-Lite President Barack Obama’s budget cuts $40 billion per year from Defense over the same time period.

    Meanwhile we spend $12 billion a MONTH in Afghanistan ALONE……

    Get us out of these stupid FUBAR wars, stop spending money shooting civilians, stop giving tax cuts to the uber-wealthy who don’t require it, and take care of regular people here on the HOME FRONT.

  • Ironaddict06

    I am disappointed in the BHO administration. I am positive we can get that number higher. Send in the troops into Lybia Mr. BHO.

  • Ironaddict06

    I am disappointed in the BHO administration. I am positive we can get that number higher. Send in the troops into Lybia Mr. BHO.

  • Alturn

    War has collateral damage and all dead because of the act of invasion rightfully should be counted. That the military’s number is so far below what even a respected institution found speaks volumes.

    The full question asked is below:

    Q. A study, produced by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore and published online by the Lancet (one of the world’s leading medical journals), claims that the number of deaths in Iraq is more than 10 times greater than previously estimated. It is said the death toll in Iraq following the US-led invasion has topped 655,000 – one in 40 of the entire population. The US and UK reject the Lancet’s findings. Could your Master please say what the real death toll is as of October 2006?
    A. The number of deaths in Iraq, as of October 2006, is around 800,000.

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