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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.

Delay analysis

  • However, it turns out that in 3,988 or so incidents in the IBC database published between July 2006 and March 2007, less than 1% of them (34) failed to be reported within 24 hours.
  • Basically, there is no appreciable delay phenomenon to analyse, and so Baghdad and out-of-Baghdad incidents cannot be compared on this variable.