An article in the British medical journal Lancet blames the American-led occupation for 655,000 “excess” Iraqi deaths, of which “around 601,000 would have been due to violent causes,” according to a report on the Inter Press Service. “The new study estimates the deaths from March 2003 to June 2006, and compares them with the deaths in the pre-invasion period January 2002 to March 2003 in 47 randomly selected sites across Iraq.”
The survey covered 1,849 households and 12,801 household members. Each household was surveyed about births, deaths, in-migration and out-migration in May and June this year. Wherever there was a death, surveyors asked for a death certificate, which was produced in 92 percent of the cases.
Coalition forces are directly responsible for about 31% of the deaths.