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US bombing raid on Iraqi women and children: now between 74,312 and 80,954 civilians killed since US-led invasion of Iraq in April 2003

Posted by gasweek on 17 October, 2007

A United States air strike in Iraq that killed 15 women and children had represented one of the largest losses of civilian life in a single military raid and a bloody start to the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, wrote Andrew Gully in The Canberra Times (13/10/2007, p.17).

Civilian deaths regretted: A US military spokesman had said 19 suspected insurgents and 15 women and children were killed in an oper­ation on Thursday in the Lake Tharthar region. Late last month the US military had been accused by Iraqi officials of killing 15 women and children in two air strikes south of Baghdad. Commanders had responded by saying that civilian deaths were regretted and came as “coalition forces search to rid Iraq of terrorism”.

Indiscriminate firing on civilians in Baghdad: The latest incident had come amid Iraqi outrage after a government report had found that guards from US private security firm Blackwater killed 17 civilians as they fired indis­criminately in a central Baghdad square last month.

Growing number of civilians killed: According to the latest United Nations Assist­ance Mission for Iraq report into human rights abuses in Iraq, 88 civilians had been killed in air strikes by the US military in the three months between April and June. According to the Iraqi Body Count website, which kept an indepen­dent tally of Iraqi deaths, between 74,312 and 80,954 civilians had been killed since the US-led invasion of Iraq in April 2003.

The Canberra Times, 13/10/2007, p. 17

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