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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.

The day’s sources and their coverage:

Sources used in one day

The sources are ordered above by frequency of occurrence, and it is indeed typical of media coverage that a few agencies dominate (including the major press wires such as Associated Press and Reuters, both of which employ numerous correspondents across Iraq). 1

Looking at a single day’s coverage is instructive, but suggests patterns which are only fully revealed by integrating across a longer period of time.