The human cost of the war

CNN: Long Road to Hell - America in Iraq


NOTE: This is part of HRW report about 1991 Gulf war.
March 2 Boston Globe, describing the aftermath of the February 25 attack on the Iraqi convoy retreatin from Kuwait, reported that Allied soldiers were "burying hundreds of dead in shallow graves." The article quoted US and British troops who were burying the dead from this convoy. One U.S. officer told the Globe that some of the bodies would be taken to a grave registration site, where Kuwaiti and Saudi specialists would give them proper treatment under Muslim law.
The Independent on Sunday reported on March 3 that the burial work "was left to Saudi mortuary parties with US troops":
Sometimes trenches where Iraqis fell were used as mass graves, with sand pushed over corpses and marked with makeshift signs. A US spokesman said he did not know if the bodies would be exhumed and returned to Iraq, as it was a matter for the Saudis....
A US spokesman in Saudi Arabia acknowledged that mass burials were taking place well away from reporters, adding that the US would not get into a body count of dead Iraqi soldiers even though the conflict is over.
Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, in his February 27 press conference, also displayed a cavalier attitude toward the coalition forces' obligation to document enemy dead. Referring to the Iraqi front-line units in southern Kuwait, he said, "There's a very large number of dead in these units, a very, very large number of dead." Asked whether there would ever be an accounting, he said, "No, there will never be an exact count." He continued:

How Many Iraqis Died in the Iraq War?

By Rebecca Hellmich

How many Iraqis died in the Iraq War? That's the kind of question that should be asked, especially if you happen to live in the countries that launched the war that killed so many.

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A Mortality Study, 2002-2006 (2)

The large scale of mortality during the Iraq war has implications for how the war is being conducted by the United States. While not within the scope of the survey itself, it is worth raising a few points and questions relevant to political and military policies, strategy, and tactics.

  • The overall scale of death from the beginning of the war, and the constant rise in mortality, clearly demonstrates that the United States and other legitimate armed forces are not adequately providing security, and indeed that everyday insecurity is increasing for most Iraqis

Study Claims Iraq's 'Excess' Death Toll Has Reached 655,000 (2)

Washington post Oct 11, 2006 –

A team of American and Iraqi epidemiologists estimates that 655,000 more people have died in Iraq since coalition forces arrived in March 2003 than would have died if the invasion had not occurred.

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The Destruction of Iraq's Health Care - Ghali Hassan - EnergyGrid

Nov 4, 2004 – SINCE THE US military invasion and occupation of Iraq, Iraq's health care system ... The study, which was conducted by the Norway-based Institute of Applied ... During the US assault on Fallujah, US forces cut off water and electricity to the ...

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Iraq War Anniversary: Birth Defects And Cancer Rates At Devastating High In Basra And Fallujah (2)

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Ten years after the start of the U.S. invasion in Iraq, doctors in some of the Middle Eastern nation's cities are witnessing an abnormally high number of cases of cancer and birth defects.Scientists suspectthe rise is tied to the use of depleted uranium and white phosphorus in military assaults.

The cost of war

Uploaded on Mar 29, 2008

We examine how Iraqis can rebuild the shattered social fabric of their nation.


Did the US cause Fallujah's birth defects?

Published on Aug 1, 2012

New research is under way on the alarming increase in birth defects in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, showing elevated levels of radioactivity in the city and across the country. Iraqi doctors have long reported a spike of cases involving severe birth defects in Fallujah since 2004 which are shocking in their severity. So is the US being honest about the weapons it used in the 2004 battle for the city, and in its other theatres of war? Guests: Ross Caputi, Dai Williams, Raed Jarrar.

"Shock and Awe" The Beginning of the 2003 Invasion of Iraq

Published on Mar 19, 2013

Ten years ago today (March 19 2003) the United States and a "Coalition of the Willing" invaded Iraq. This is a recording I made of CNN's coverage of the "Shock and Awe" campaign conducted at that time. I copied this off of my VHS tape. I'm merely uploading this for historical purposes. Most tapes I see of this are only about ten minutes long. This is just over two hours. It covers from 8:19 PM to around 10:30 PM (Baghdad local time).

The "Shock and Awe" campaign starts at 9:00 PM or about 40:30 . This video includes post-bombing statements from Secretary of the State Donald Rumsfeld, and Air Force General, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Richard Myers among others. 1:17:22 This is only for historical purposes. It is in no way meant to glorify, or denounce these events. I'm not uploading this for monetary gain. I'm merely sharing this with others who may wish to see it. In his memoir, "Decision Points," Bush wrote about how he felt sick to his stomach when he found there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. "I felt terrible about it," Bush stated in 2010. "On the other hand, those reports did point out that Saddam Hussein was very dangerous, that he had the capacity to make weapons. I'm convinced that if he were still in power today, the world would be a lot worse off."