On Saturday, an Iraqi newspaper said, the U.S. military issued a new tally showing that nearly 77,000 Iraqis were killed from early 2004 to mid 2008, falling well below the figures of the Iraqi government and some international organizations.
The al-Mashriq daily said, quoting a data issued by the U.S. Army that the period of the military data includes the sectarian violence which was the most bloody chapter during the years of the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.
The statistics showed that 76,939 Iraqi from security forces and civilians were killed and 121,649 injured between January 2004 and August 2008.
It also said that 3,952 U.S. soldiers and other allies from the Multi-National forces were killed during the same period, while 30,068 others were injured.
There have been no exact stats about the casualties among Iraqi civilians, but last October figures compiled by the Iraqi Human Rights Ministry said that 85,694 civilians and Iraqi security members were killed from the beginning of 2004 to Oct. 31, 2008, and 147,195 were injured.
While a tally by the Iraq Body Count, a private, British-based group said that the approximated number of civilian casualties is between 98,252 and 107,235 for the period since the beginning of the war to September 19, 2010. The group’s figures only depend on the media reports about daily incidents.
However, several survey-based attempts to roughly estimate the number of Iraqis killed as a result of the 2003 invasion and later conflict showed much higher tallies, such as a survey issued in in October 2006 by the British medical journal, Lancet , which found that 601,000 had been killed by violence since the beginning of the war till 2006.