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AFP
02/01/2011
KABUL

More than 10,000 people, about a fifth of them civilians, lost their lives in violence in Afghanistan last year, an AFP count based on official figures and an independent website tally showed Sunday.

Afghanistan’s interior ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary revealed new figures for the number of civilians, police and militants killed in 2010 — a total of 8,560 people.

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The U.S. military released a new tally showing that nearly 77,000 Iraqis were killed from early 2004 to mid 2008, falling well below the figures of the Iraqi government and some international organizations, an Iraqi newspaper said on Saturday.

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Iraq rights ministry says 85,000 killed in 2004-08

Tue Oct 13, 2009 2:10pm EDT

BAGHDAD, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Iraq’s human rights ministry said on Tuesday that at least 85,000 people had been killed by bombs, murders and fighting in 2004-08, in a rare death toll release by an Iraqi government agency.

Mayhem and bitter clashes erupted after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, followed by years of sectarian carnage that has only recently begun to abate. The number of people killed by U.S. and Iraqi forces or insurgents remains highly contentious.
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September 25, 2009, 3:03 pm

By James Glanz

As sectarian violence drove the number of civilian deaths in Iraq to thousands per month in 2006 and 2007, many Iraqi ministries, morgues and hospitals were under government order not to release the embarrassing figures, and the prime minister’s office generally disputed the ones that did leak out.

American forces in Iraq were no more helpful, often refusing to release figures or claiming that they did not exist. Obtaining information on the deaths was an exhausting, grisly and often clandestine affair, and — Iraq being Iraq — no two sets of figures ever seemed to match exactly.

But now that the estimated deaths are down to hundreds per month or even fewer, the figures are beginning to appear, as if by magic, in United States government reports complete with easy-to-read charts and careful footnotes. The the sources identified in the footnotes, however, still don’t precisely match.

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An Israeli human rights group says many more Palestinian civilians were killed in the Israeli military’s campaign in Gaza than the army admits.

B’Tselem said detailed research with careful cross-checking showed 1,387 Palestinians died, over half of them civilians and 252 of them children.

This contradicts an Israeli army report stating fewer than 300 civilians died in fighting in December and January.

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By Sagi Or, Haaretz News

The number of Palestinians killed during the 22 days of Operation Cast Lead is controversial. According to the Hamas-run health ministry in the Gaza Strip, 1,324 Palestinians were killed, most of them civilians; among them were 412 children and 110 women. The figures were published a few days after cessation of the fighting, and there is no breakdown as to how many of those killed were fighters in local armed organizations.
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By American Free Press

HILLA, Iraq — A pickup truck bomb killed at least 10 people and wounded more than 50 on Thursday at a crowded livestock market near the Iraqi city of Hilla, police and medical officials said.

The blast in the town of Al-Medhatiaya was the worst single attack in the country since a suicide bomber killed 35 Shiite pilgrims heading to the holy city of Karbala south of Baghdad last month.

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