A study shows that over 460,000 people lost their lives in Iraq between 2003 and 2011 as a result of the US-led invasion of the country.
The study was conducted at the University of Washington, Johns Hopkins University, Simon Fraser University and Mustansiriya University.
Researchers conducted the survey based on interviews with 2,000 households in 100 geographical clusters across Iraq’s 18 provinces between May 2011 and July 2011.
The study found that more than 60 percent of deaths were directly attributable to violence, with the rest associated with the collapse of infrastructure and other indirect causes.
“In a war situation, people can’t leave their homes to get medical care. When they do leave their homes to get medical care, they arrive at institutions overwhelmed with violent injuries,” said Amy Hagopian, the associate professor of Global Health at the University of Washington and lead author of the study.
“The water is compromised. Stress is elevated. The power is out. The distribution networks for medical supplies are compromised,” Hagopian added.
According to the UN, carnage led to the death of some 5,000 people in Iraq between January and September of 2013. More than 3,000 people also died in 2012.
The UN figures also show that almost 1,000 people died and more than 2,000 were wounded due to carnage in Iraq in September, making it one of the deadliest months in recent years.
Iraq’s Interior Ministry has said that militants have launched an open war in Iraq and they want to push the country into chaos.
By Press TV
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