A new report in “The Lancet” says at least 116,000 Iraqi civilians and more than 4,800 foreign troops died in Iraq between March 2003, and the withdrawal of U.S. forces in 2011.
The study, by two U.S. medical school professors, also estimates the United States’ involvement in Iraq has so far cost Washington $810 billion.
Authors Barry Levy of the Tufts University School of Medicine and Victor Sidel of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine based their findings on published studies and reports, including from government agencies.
The researchers say “many Iraqi civilians were injured or became ill because of damage” to Iraq’s health infrastructure, and about 5 million Iraqis were displaced.
The report says more than 31,000 American troops were injured, and a “substantial percentage” of U.S. troops suffered psychological disorders as a result of their deployment in Iraq.
The 10th anniversary of the start of the U.S.-led invasion is March 19.
Based on reports in thelancet.com and AFP