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Many experts and expert groups from a range of fields are attempting to combine their knowledge to understand the lethality to Iraqis of the invasion and post-invasion violence in Iraq.

This is a slightly abridged and amended version of an invited "meta-analysis" of IBC's potential contribution to that understanding, presented in a closed meeting of the Ad Hoc Expert Group on mortality estimates for Iraq, convened by WHO in Geneva, May 2007.

How can the utility of press reports be assessed?

Some preliminary approaches to testing media completeness and reliability in reporting civilian casualties.

John Sloboda, Hamit Dardagan, Peter Bagnall

Based on a presentation to Iraq Mortality Meeting, World Health Organisation, Geneva, 10-11 May 2007.