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This is the first in a series inspired by a diary posted last week about Project Censored's 25 Censored Stories for 2009.

A poll was included in the diary so Kossacks could vote on which censored story they would like to see receive more coverage. The story with the most votes - which was also listed #1 on Project Censored's list - was "Over One Million Iraqi Deaths Caused by US Occupation", which received 304 out of 1175 total votes from Kossacks.


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Over one million Iraqis have met violent deaths as a result of the 2003 invasion, according to a study conducted by the prestigious British polling group, Opinion Research Business (ORB). These numbers suggest that the invasion and occupation of Iraq rivals the mass killings of the last century - the human toll exceeds the 800,000 to 900,000 believed killed in the Rwandan genocide in 1994, and is approaching the number (1.7 million) who died in Cambodia’s infamous “Killing Fields” during the Khmer Rouge era of the 1970s.
A brief description of ORB taken from the 'Who We Are' page of their website:
Established in 1994, ORB have grown to become one of the UK's leading bespoke corporate and issues-led market research companies. In more than a decade of continual growth, we have worked successfully with over 150 clients in the private, public and voluntary sectors in over 65 countries.
The following is taken from an article in the 'Newsroom' section of ORB's website about their Iraqi casualty study:
A new poll reveals that more than 1,000,000 Iraqi citizens have been murdered since the invasion took place in 2003.

Previous estimates, most noticeably the one published in The Lancet in October 2006, suggested almost half this number (654,965 deaths).

As well as a murder rate that now exceeds the Rwanda genocide from 1994 (800,000 murdered), not only have more than one million been injured but our poll calculates that of the millions of Iraqis that have fled their neighbourhoods, 52% have moved within Iraq but 48% have crossed its borders, with Syria taking the bulk of refugees.

The following video contains a description of the method of The Lancet study by its co-author (2:00), as well as footage of President Bush dismissing the figure in The Lancet study (2:55), implying that the number of Iraqi civilian deaths is closer to 30,000. That figure differs from The Lancet's by over 600,000 deaths:
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The Just Foreign Policy website has a continually updated figure on the number of Iraqi deaths caused by the U.S. invasion, which is currently at 1,288,426. Just Foreign Policy on the number of Iraqi deaths:

The number is shocking and sobering.

It is at least 10 times greater than most estimates cited in the U.S. media, yet it is based on a scientific study of violent Iraqi deaths caused by the U.S.-led invasion of March 2003.

That study, published in prestigious medical journal The Lancet, estimated that over 600,000 Iraqis had been killed as a result of the invasion as of July 2006. Iraqis have continued to be killed since then. The [figure] above provides a rough daily update of this number based on a rate of increase derived from the Iraq Body Count. (See the complete explanation.)

The estimate that over a million Iraqis have died received independent confirmation from a prestigious British polling agency in September 2007. Opinion Research Business estimated that 1.2 million Iraqis have been killed violently since the US-led invasion.

We hear frequently the number of U.S. military deaths that have occurred in Iraq, and rightfully so. But it would be good if we also heard about the staggering number of innocent civilians that have lost their lives due to the U.S. invasion.

From Mother Jones:

According to a February 2007 AP poll, Americans' median estimate of the number of Iraqis killed since the invasion was just 9,890. And while the Pentagon has presented limited estimates of civilian casualties, it has yet to release any numbers for the total toll since the invasion.
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Originally posted to StanMO on Tue Nov 25, 2008 at 11:57 AM PST.

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