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This section features articles which look at the wider, and deeper, human and social aspects of war and its measurable consequences - but while keeping its devastating impact on the human body and spirit firmly in focus.

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Analysis: Beyond Statistics

Iraq's Residual War
Peace requires reconciliation 1 Jan 2023
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
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
Generation: War
15 years in the shadow of ceaseless conflict 19 Mar 2018
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
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
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
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
Contains Flashing Images
by Lily Hamourtziadou 19 Mar 2013
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
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
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
Radio Free Iraq interview with IBC
24 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
Enforced security: solution or stopgap?
Monthly death toll rising again 28 Feb 2008
The Price of Loss
How the West values civilian lives in Iraq. 12 Nov 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
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
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
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
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