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Study Claims Nearly 25,000 Civilian Deaths In Iraq

19 July 2005 -- A new study in Britain suggests that nearly 25,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed since U.S.-led troops invaded the country two years ago.

The study, by the Oxford Research Group and Iraq Body Count, which is run by academics and peace activists, is based on thousands of media reports.

The overall death toll also includes some 9,000 people killed in kidnappings and other criminal violence not directly related to the occupation or insurgency.

The study's figure is lower than the 98,000 deaths suggested in a study published in October by "The Lancet," the British medical journal, which was based on a sample of Iraqi households.

U.S. and other international military sources do not provide estimates of civilian casualties in Iraq.


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