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More Civilians Killed By coalition And Iraq Forces Than By Iraqi Resistance: Iraq's Ministry of Health: 

In the six months ending 1 January 2005, 3,274 Iraqi civilians were killed. Of those deaths, 60% - 2,041 civilians - were killed by the coalition and Iraqi security forces. Insurgent attacks claimed 1,233 lives, and wounded 4,115 people, during the same period. 

01/28/05 

 

BBC obtains Iraq casualty figures 

01/28/05 "BBC" -- Coalition troops and Iraqi security forces may be responsible for up to 60% of conflict-related civilian deaths in Iraq - far more than are killed by insurgents, confidential records obtained by the BBC's Panorama programme reveal. 

Official figures, compiled by Iraq's Ministry of Health, break down deaths according to insurgent and coalition activity. They are usually available only to Iraqi cabinet ministers. 

The data covers the period 1 July 2004 to 1 January 2005, and relates to all conflict-related civilian deaths and injuries recorded by Iraqi public hospitals. The figures exclude, where known, the deaths of insurgents. 

The figures reveal that 3,274 Iraqi civilians were killed and 12,657 wounded in conflict-related violence during the period. 

Of those deaths, 60% - 2,041 civilians - were killed by the coalition and Iraqi security forces. A further 8,542 were wounded by them. 

Insurgent attacks claimed 1,233 lives, and wounded 4,115 people, during the same period. 

Panorama interviewed US Ambassador John Negroponte shortly before it obtained the figures. He told reporter John Simpson: 

"My impression is that the largest amount of civilian casualties definitely is a result of these indiscriminate car bombings. 

"You yourself are aware of those as they occur in the Baghdad area and more frequently than not the largest number of victims of these acts of terror are innocent civilian bystanders". 

The coalition has yet to respond to the figures. 

Panorama's film Exit Strategy, reported by BBC world affairs editor John Simpson from Baghdad, will be shown at 2215 GMT, Sunday night on BBC One. 

Copyright: BBC MMV

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