Deaths In Iraq Have Reached 1 Million:
Grim claim on fourth anniversary of conflict
By Alan Jones
03/22/07 "Daily Record" THE number of deaths in Iraq
since the start of the conflict could be as high as one million,
it was claimed yesterday.
On the fourth anniversary of the invasion by Allied troops, an
Australian scientist insisted the true death toll dwarfed
Dr Gideon Polya said: "Using the most comprehensive and
authoritative literature and UN demographic data yields an
estimate of one million post-invasion excess deaths in Iraq."
His figure is far higher than the biggest previous estimate of
A spokesman for the Stop The War Coalition said the figure was
"astonishing", adding: "Four years after the start of the
conflict in Iraq, we can now see what a disaster the war has
"Everything we predicted would happen has taken place, but it
has been far worse than we feared."
Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett has hit back at
Hans Blix. The former UN chief weapons inspector had claimed
that, aside from Saddam Hussein's fall, everything in Iraq since
the invasion had been a disaster.
Yesterday, Beckett said: "It's complete nonsense. I'm surprised
at Hans Blix saying something so foolish and so negative."
She insisted there had been "a massive amount of change" in
Iraq, including elections.
President George Bush came under more pressure after seven US
troops were killed in Iraq at the weekend.
And the US military blamed al-Qaeda for chlorine bomb attacks
that killed two people in Anbar province.
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