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.
IBC and MoH timelines compared
Another comparison which became possible after this was written is to the figures presented by General Petraeus to the US Congress on 11 September 2007. The Fact Checker, Washington Post, 1 Oct 2007.
This slide shows that most Ministry of Health figures have been generally somewhat lower than IBC figures, but both show the same rising trend across the reporting period.1