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Press Release 2 3 Mar 2003


- As war gets under way, Iraq Body Count brings automatically updated web-counters to your site so that you can headline the daily toll of civilian killed in the Iraq conflict.

- We have just been nominated by the Independent newspaper (UK) as top web site of the week.

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Innocent non-combatant deaths are not an acceptable "price" of war, especially when the aggressors are not paying that price. If the leaders of the war party go ahead with an invasion of Iraq despite massive, unprecedented world-wide opposition and condemnation, then we can let them know that their acts are being recorded for all to see.

Iraq Body Count web counters on participating websites will keep the daily death-toll before the eyes of the world.

Our rolling update shows the starkest statistic of war: a minimum and maximum estimate of total civilian deaths from military action by the USA and its allies, as gathered from a variety of online news sources, starting January 1st 2003.

With US/UK bombing sorties ratcheting up towards an imminent invasion, the project has already recorded eleven deaths this year resulting directly from US-UK air strikes. Six were this Sunday 2nd March, and our statistics were checked, confirmed and updated within a few hours of first news.

The website contains further information, including key details of each incident recorded in our constantly-updated public database along with a full discussion of methodology used.

This is the first time such a compilation has been done on a virtually real-time basis, made possible through a geographically distributed project team in constant electronic communication.

The project builds upon the earlier work of Professor Marc Herold who produced the most comprehensive tabulation of civilian deaths in the war on Afghanistan from October 2001 to the present, and the data extraction methodology has been designed in close consultation with him. Casualty figures are derived from a comprehensive survey of accredited online media sources and, where these report differing figures, the range (a minimum and a maximum) are given.

Help ensure that the personal tragedy of every civilian killed is acknowledged and remembered.

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Press and media contacts: HAMIT DARDAGAN, JOHN SLOBODA