More than 5,011 service-men and women have lost their lives in Iraq
U.S. KIA in Iraq since Mission Accomplished:
At the time the President announced "Mission Accomplished," on 1 May
2003, 139 American servicemen & women had lost their lives in the
War in Iraq, less than 3% of the total KIA to date.
More than 34,431 service-men and women have been wounded in Iraq
Civilian Contractor Dead:
More than 1,569 civilian contractors have died,
and more than 34,780 have been wounded. .... Increasingly, private contractors have taken
up many of the tasks which used to be performed by military
Of course, other U.S. servicemen & women have been dying or wounded elsewhere,
including other countries in Africa, throughout Asia, and in Central
& South America, as well ... all
areas considered by the State Dept.
to be homes to "terrorism."
Fly the Flag at Half-Mast
for Those Who Have Fallen
In honor of those who have
fallen, whether in wars past or in the current War on Terrorism, DownStreet asks you to remember them. From Memorial Day
2002, we have kept this flag at half-mast -- and it will continue to fly
at half-mast a single day for each
service man and woman who has lost his or her life in the War on
Terrorism, or until the war is over. ... Meanwhile, we ask that you fly your flag at half-mast in memory of those
who have sacrificed their lives. ...
92,000 - 1 million
An accurate number of the Iraqi dead is hard to come by.
Conser-vative analysts estimated nearly 10,000 by Oct. of 2003.
Current estimates based on the Iraq
Body Count -- a "citi-zens’ initiative"
which "records the violent civilian deaths ... caused by US-led
coalition forces and para-military or criminal attacks by others"
-- now places the
count at more than 92,000.
On the other hand, back in November of 2004,
when the Iraq Body Count placed the number of civilian dead at
roughly 14,000 - 16,000, a study out of the Center for International
Emer-gency Disaster and Refugee Studies, at the Johns Hopkins
Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore and
published in The Lancet,
placed the count in excess of 100,000.
The Johns Hopkins study was up-dated
between May and July 2006 and reported in
The Lancet in
October 2006. At that point, the
Johns Hopkins study noted "there have been 654,965 (392,979
–942,636) excess Iraqi deaths as a
consequence of the war, which corre-sponds to 2·5% of the population
... Of post-invasion deaths, 601,027 (426,369 - 793,663) were due to
violence, the most common cause being gunfire." If this
study is accurate, then Iraqi deaths have been running roughly
Between these two counts
conducted by the WHO, which, as of June 2006, had placed Iraqi
civilian deaths at 151,000. The
Casualty Count, on the other hand, has been providing numbers at
about half the rate of the Iraq Body Count.
While both then-President Bush
and then-Prime Minis-ter Tony Blair had publicly criticized the
Johns Hopkins study, the British newspaper,
report-ed in March 2008 that "the chief scientific
adviser to the Ministry of Defence described the methods used ... as
close to best practice and added that the 'study design is robust'."