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Iraq Air Raids Hit Mostly Women and Children
April 17, 2009
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Iraq Air Raids Hit Mostly Women and Children
Report urges review of military strategy when targeting urban areas
by Kim Sengupta

Air strikes and artillery barrages have taken a heavy toll among the most vulnerable of the Iraqi people, with children and women forming a disproportionate number of the dead.

Analysis carried out for the research group Iraq Body Count (IBC) found that 39 per cent of those killed in air raids by the US-led coalition were children and 46 per cent were women. Fatalities caused by mortars, used by American and Iraqi government forces as well as insurgents, were 42 per cent children and 44 per cent women.

Twelve per cent of those killed by suicide bombings, mainly the tool of militant Sunni groups, were children and 16 per cent were females. One in five (21 per cent) of those killed by car bombs, used by both Shia and Sunni fighters, was a child; one in four (28 per cent) was a woman.

The figures, compiled by academics at King's College and Royal Holloway, University of London, show that hi-tech weaponry has caused lethal damage to those in the population who would be furthest away from the conflict.

The victims of one of the most brutal and common types of killings in the war - abduction and execution by death squad - were 95 per cent men, many of them bearing marks of torture.

The report, The Weapons That Kill Civilians, Deaths of Children and Noncombatants in Iraq, was compiled from a sample of 60,481 deaths in 14,196 events over a five-year period since the 2003 invasion. Civilian casualties from concentrated bouts of violence, such as the two sieges of Fallujah, were excluded.

IBC estimates that the total deaths in the conflict so far number 99,774. The medical journal The Lancet has maintained in another study that more than 600,000 people were killed in the first three years of the war. IBC holds that the indiscriminate nature of the fatalities caused by air strikes shows they should not be used in urban areas.

Growing anger over civilian casualties caused by air raids in another front of the "war on terror", Afghanistan, has led to the US, UK and their Nato partners reviewing their policy of using warplanes. Hamid Karzai, the Afghan President, recently said this had become the most contentious issue between him and Western powers.

From 2004 to 2007, the overall tonnage of munition dropped from planes in the Afghan conflict rose from 163 tonnes a year to 1,956 tonnes, an increase of 1,100 per cent. Since 2001 the US air force has dropped 14,049 tonnes of bombs in Afghanistan and 18,858 in Iraq.

Professor John Sloboda, of Royal Holloway, co-author of the report, said: "Our weapon-specific findings have implications for a wide range of conflicts, because the patterns found in this study are likely to be replicated for these weapons whenever they are used.

*Last night a US army sergeant was facing life imprisonment after being found guilty of executing four Iraqi detainees in 2007. Master Sgt John Hartley shot four men in the head and dumped their bodies in a canal in West Rasheed area of Baghdad. He is due to be sentenced today.

Copyright 2009 Independent News and Media Limited

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The Few assume to be the deputies, but they are often only the despoilers of the Many.
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April 18, 2009
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I don't think that this is news anymore bro.

There can be no faith in government if our highest offices are excused from scrutiny - they should be setting the example of transparency.

April 20, 2009
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Never was, It's called colateral damage it happens during war ya know.

BloodStone...

If it were raining hookers, I'd get hit by a fag.

April 20, 2009
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Aqualung's gonna be sniveling over it for decades...seems one can't have a war without a bit of bitchin'...even when the perp pissed in his own cornflakes....I still don't even think he's ever noticed it. You'd think the whining wonder could smell it. Hell, it's right up in everybody's face. Duh-uh-uh-uh...

April 20, 2009
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"BloodStone" wrote: Never was, It's called colateral damage it happens during war ya know.

I think that came off more callous than you may have intended?

April 20, 2009
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If true it saves us from killing the kids later.

What?

April 20, 2009
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Go to the military to solve a problem, you will get war and weaponry, and if you have hawks in the Congress and in the Presidency or you have stupid people, inexperienced people and/or people who love to make money more than anything else and love the concept of POWER, etc., they will take the advice of the military and frequently then we will be primed for a continuance of war or new reasons to create more war will be developed.

Women and children don't count anymore, neither do the "pawn soldiers" [Kissinger's description] and fighters, mostly male, if they ever did count. It's all so impersonal, dishonest, and depraved. It's historically far more important to develop and try out all these new weapons than worry about individuals or their gender or age or anything like that.

How unfortunate most of you have fatalist attitudes towards something that should never be in existence; including this immoral war.

The Few assume to be the deputies, but they are often only the despoilers of the Many.
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April 21, 2009
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How fortunate we have reasons to rid the planet of immoralities...could save the children....

April 21, 2009
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"Jaack" wrote: If true it saves us from killing the kids later.

Yer an asshole Jaack.

"George Bush says he speaks to god every day, and christians love him for it. If George Bush said he spoke to god through his hair dryer, they would think he was mad. I fail to see how the addition of a hair dryer makes it any more absurd."

April 21, 2009
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Ya, but he's a good asshole. I think you missed the point big T. Laugh

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