85,000 Iraqis killed in 2004-08 under US invasion: Ministry

Iraq's human rights ministry said that at least 85,000 people had been killed as a consequence of U.S. invasion in 2004-08.

85,000 Iraqis killed in 2004-08 under US invasion: Ministry

Iraq's human rights ministry said on Tuesday that at least 85,000 people had been killed as a consequence of U.S. invasion in 2004-08, in a rare death toll release by an Iraqi government agency.

Violence rose after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, followed. The number of people killed by U.S. and Iraqi forces remains highly contentious.

The report -- which only represents death certificates issued by the health ministry -- also said that 147,195 people had been wounded from 2004 to the end of October 2008.

The data makes no distinction between civilians and others.

A senior rights ministry official said that the report did not include missing persons, estimated at around 10,000 people.

The report said some 15,000 unidentified bodies were found in the period. "Thousands of Iraqis killed since 2003 without being identified by their relatives were buried in special cemeteries called unidentified body cemeteries," it said.

The Iraq Body Count -- a group run by academics and peace activists -- estimated that between 88,000 and 97,000 civilians were killed under U.S. invasion from 2003 to November 2008.

Reuters

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