Iraq: Casualty records show civilian deaths almost almost doubling every year since 2012

According to figures released on 1 January 2015 by CRN member Iraq Body Count, 2014 was the deadliest year for civilians in Iraq since 2006 – 2007. Iraq Body Count has recorded details of 17,049 civilian deaths across 2014, roughly double the 9,743 civilian deaths reported in 2013 and more than four times higher than the 4,622 civilian casualties recorded in 2012.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) also released civilian casualty figures for 2014 on the 1st of January 2015, documenting 12,282 civilian deaths and 23,126 civilian injuries in the previous year.

Iraq Body Count is an ongoing human security project which records violent deaths of Iraqi civilians stemming from the 2003 military intervention. The project uses crosschecked media reports on casualties, supplemented by figures from local hospitals and NGOs to collate the figures on its publicly available database. 

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