New Study Claims 655,000 Innocent Iraqis Dead Since War Began

Charleston, WV – West Virginia Patriots for Peace call for an immediate and responsible withdrawal of US troops from Iraq to end anymore loss of innocent life.

A team of American and Iraqi public health researchers has estimated that 654,965 civilians have died in violence across Iraq since the American invasion. The estimates suggest that official statistics and Western press accounts severely underestimate Iraq deaths due to the invasion and occupation. The survey was conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Al Mustansiriya, University of Baghdad. The estimates were derived from a nationwide household survey of 1,849 households throughout Iraq conducted between May and July 2006.

“This study is yet another reminder of why itís time to bring our troops home and stop the escalating violence in Iraq that is killing our men and women in uniform and the Iraqi people,” said Carrie Swing, president of WV Patriots for Peace. Last month the group published Bringing Our Troops Home: A Real Iraq Exit Strategy, which is a document located on their website outlining steps for a responsible US withdrawal of all troops by December 2007.

“This war has come with a horrific price tag: deaths in the hundreds of thousands, more terrorism in Iraq, the loss of American prestige, and the wasted resources needed for US domestic programs,” said Swing. According to the National Priorities Project, the Iraq war has cost West Virginia taxpayers $1 billion!

“For the same amount of money, we could have been provided over 300,000 people with health care or 21, 002 elementary school teachers,” said Swing citing number from the National Priorities Project.