As Iraq has descended into civil war, it hasn’t been easy to measure just how violent it has become. Estimates of civilian casualties vary by a factor of nearly 10, and both the Pentagon and the Iraqi government have been criticized for ignoring or downplaying reports of attacks and deaths. What is beyond doubt is that the bloodshed is mounting and more and more civilians are dying.
*Breakdown for September 2006 is classified by the Pentagon
Sources: Government Accountability Office
(Attacks); Brookings Institution (Bombings); Department
of Defense (Sectarian Violence, Casualties)
(Originally posted at Mother Jones.)