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LONDON -- About 100,000 more civilians have died in Iraq since the country was invaded in March 2003 than would have died if there had been no invasion, says a study published Oct. 29 in the online edition of the medical journal The Lancet.

The study found that violence accounted for most of the excess deaths and air strikes from coalition forces accounted for most violent deaths. The study says that most of those killed by coalition forces were women and children. The article is available at

Researchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Columbia University School of Nursing and Al-Mustansiriya University in Baghdad Conducted the survey in September 2004. They compared the mortality rate among civilians in Iraq during the 14.6 months prior to the invasion with the 17.8-month period following the invasion.

They randomly selected 33 neighborhoods of 30 homes from across Iraq and interviewed the residents about births and deaths in each home and about the causes and circumstances of each death. When possible, the deaths were verified With a death certificate or other documentation.
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Title Annotation:World Briefs
Author:Coday, Dennis
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:7IRAQ
Date:Nov 12, 2004
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