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Analysis from Iraq Body Count falls into three broad categories:

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What our numbers show
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In-depth reporting and comment
Questions & Answers
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IBC Analysis

Iraq's Residual War
Peace requires reconciliation 1 Jan 2023
IRAQ 2021: Grave Violations
The rising tide of child deaths in Iraq 31 Dec 2021
On the 18th anniversary, Iraq’s state of war
Security since 2003 20 Mar 2021
Death in Baghdad
Bombings in Baghdad reduced, but never went away 26 Jan 2021
IRAQ 2020:
Legitimacy, security and war crime let-offs 31 Dec 2020
Punishing the publisher
Julian Assange revealed more than anyone about the Iraq War’s deadly impact, and is paying the highest price for it. 30 Dec 2020
Iraq in 2019:
Calls for a ‘True Homeland’ met with deadly violence 31 Dec 2019
Generation: War
15 years in the shadow of ceaseless conflict 19 Mar 2018
Another year of relentless violence in Iraq
IBC’s 2016 analysis of civilian deaths 12 Jan 2017
Lest we forget
30 Dec 2016
UK showed no real interest in monitoring civilian casualties
Iraq Body Count on the Chilcot Report 7 Jul 2016
Besieged: Living and Dying in Fallujah
19 Jun 2016
Iraq: wars and casualties, 13 years on
19 Mar 2016
Iraq 2015: A Catastrophic Normal
An overview of the year’s violence 1 Jan 2016
For Chilcot's Inquiry, Iraq remains one giant unmarked grave of unknown size
When will the UK take a real interest in Iraqi casualties? 26 Aug 2015
War’s Moral Chaos
Iraq in 2015 6 Jul 2015
Remembering the dead
Names, memorials and what is lost 20 Mar 2015
Iraq 2014: Civilian deaths almost doubling year on year
An overview of the year’s violence 1 Jan 2015
The language and actions of states and non-states
Unspeakable crimes, indefensible actions, always in a ‘good cause’ 16 Oct 2014
The Casualties of Support
A response to Tony Blair's essay of June 14th advocating the continued use of military force in Iraq and elsewhere 16 Jun 2014
IBC's response to General Sir Mike Jackson
Far from being unknowable, the number of civilians killed by UK forces recorded by IBC is about 300. 18 Apr 2014
The blurring of war and peace, tyranny and democracy, captivity and liberation
11 years on and Iraq is officially at peace. Yet the lines between peace and war have become so blurred, that doubt is cast on both past statements and current realities. 19 Mar 2014
The Trenching of Faults: Iraq 2013
An overview of the year’s violence against civilians Jan 2014
When victimless crimes matter and victims don't
The trial of Bradley Manning 2 Aug 2013
The War in Iraq: 10 years and counting
Analysis of deaths in a decade of violence 19 Mar 2013
Contains Flashing Images
by Lily Hamourtziadou 19 Mar 2013
Iraqi deaths from violence in 2012
Analysis of the year’s death toll recorded by Iraq Body Count Jan 2012
Iraqi deaths from violence 2003–2011
Analysis and overview from Iraq Body Count Jan 2012
Casualties of suicide bombings in Iraq 2003-2010
IBC data in new study in The Lancet shows huge and disproportionate toll on Iraqi civilians Sep 2011
The unexamined Iraqi dimension of UK involvement in Iraq
In the regions where UK forces provided security from May 2003 to December 2007, IBC documented 3,334 violent civilian deaths. 22 May 2011
Analysis by perpetrator, weapon, time, and location
A peer-reviewed study in PLoS Medicine, based on IBC data, provides the most detailed assessment thus far of civilian deaths in the course of the recent Iraq war. Feb 2011
Iraqi deaths from violence in 2010
Analysis of the year’s civilian death toll from Iraq Body Count 29 Dec 2010
Iraq War Logs: What the Numbers Reveal
IBC’s early assessment of what the logs released by WikiLeaks add to the known Iraqi death toll. 23 Oct 2010
Iraq War Logs: The Truth is In the Detail
An analysis of the type of victim and incident details found in the logs, and why those details matter. 23 Oct 2010
Iraq War Logs: Context
What makes the logs different and important, what IBC’s approach to them has been, and will be in future. 23 Oct 2010
For the public record, in the public interest
Iraqi civilian deaths revealed in US military compensation records 1 Oct 2010
The Uninquiring Iraq Inquiry
An ‘Iraq War Inquest’ may be needed to focus attention where it belongs 26 Aug 2010
Exaggerated claims, substandard research, and
a disservice to truth
ORB's "million Iraqi deaths" survey seriously flawed, new study shows 5 May 2010
Civilian deaths from violence in 2009
Year-end analysis from IBC 31 Dec 2009
Radio Free Iraq interview with IBC
24 Apr 2009
The weapons that kill civilians
IBC co-authored article in New England Journal of Medicine 16 Apr 2009
Putting the Data to Work
Details in the IBC database and the analyses they enable 2 Feb 2009
The Week in Iraq
Healing the wounds of the past 18 Jan 2009
Post-surge violence: its extent and nature
Civilian deaths in 2008 and earlier 28 Dec 2008
Enforced security: solution or stopgap?
Monthly death toll rising again 28 Feb 2008
Civilian deaths from violence in 2007
Analysis of the year’s toll from IBC 1 Jan 2008
The Price of Loss
How the West values civilian lives in Iraq. 12 Nov 2007
How can the utility of press reports be assessed?
Some preliminary approaches to testing media completeness and reliability. 1 Nov 2007
Large bombings claim ever more lives
2007 sees the worst bombings ever – and more of them 4 Oct 2007
The Baghdad ‘surge’ and civilian casualties
What effect is the increase in US troop deployment to Baghdad having on violence against civilians? 3 Sep 2007
The state of knowledge on civilian casualties in Iraq:
Counts, estimates and government responsibility. Presentation to panel discussion held in January 2007 at USIP, Washington D.C. 3 Sep 2007
How has IBC been used by others?
Examples of the range of IBC’s usage by others 3 Sep 2007
Year Four: Simply the worst
On every indicator the post-invasion year ending March 2007 was the worst for violence. Press release 18 Mar 2007, updated Sep 2007
Reality checks: some responses to the latest Lancet estimates
Press release 16 Oct 2006
Blithe ignorance
Tony Blair is in a state of wilful denial about Iraq (external link) 10 Jul 2006
Speculation is no Substitute
A defence of Iraq Body Count. (PDF - HTML returning soon) Apr 2006
Iraq death toll in third year of occupation is highest yet
Press release 9 Mar 2006
What is IBC's contribution?
IBC in context is a summary presented to an expert meeting in Geneva. Feb 2006
A Dossier on Civilian Casualties in Iraq 2003-2005
The first detailed account of all non-combatants reported killed or wounded during the first two years of the continuing conflict. Published by Iraq Body Count in association with Oxford Research Group, the report is based on comprehensive analysis of over 10,000 media reports published between March 2003 and March 2005. 19 Jul 2005
What is IBC's response to the Lancet study estimating "100,000" Iraqi deaths
Press release 7 Nov 2004
Falluja Siege, April 2004: A News Analysis
Excerpts from nearly three hundred news stories on the April 2004 siege of Falluja, with an emphasis on its humanitarian impact. 26 Oct 2004
Civilian deaths in “noble” Iraq mission pass 10,000
We need a tribunal to administer justice for the victims. 7 Feb 2004
Over 1,500 violent civilian deaths in occupied Baghdad
Press release 23 Sep 2003
Adding indifference to injury
At least 20,000 civilians were injured in the Iraq war: why are the occupiers ignoring their suffering and their needs? Aug 2003
Counting the human cost
A survey of projects counting civilians killed by the war in Iraq 12 Jun 2003
100 Names of Civilians Killed
– and only 2% of a vital task completed. 27 May 2003