Body count : casualty figures after 10 years of the "War on Terror" : Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan
- IPPNW Germany, PSR, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Physicians for Global Survival.
- Uniform Title
- Body count (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War). English.
- text file.
- First international edition.
- Washington, D.C. Physicians for Social Responsibility ; Berlin : Internationale Ärzte für die Verhütung des Atomkrieges/Ärzte in socialer Verantwortung ; Ottawa : Physicians for Global Survival, March 2015.
- Physical description
- 1 online resource (97 pages) : color illustrations
- International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War issuing body.
- Physicians for Social Responsibility (U.S.) issuing body.
- Physicians for Global Survival, issuing body.
- Written by the Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) in collaboration with International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IIPNW) and Physicians for Global Survival (PGS). The purpose of this investigation is to provide as realistic an estimate as possible of the total body count in the three main war zones Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan during 12 years of 'war on terrorism'. An extensive review has been made of the major studies and data published on the numbers of victims in these countries. This paper draws on additional information such as reports and statistics on military offensives and examines their completeness and plausibility. It applies interpolation to calculate the figures for those periods for which no information is available. Even now, 13 years after this war began, there has still been no equivalent study. This investigation comes to the conclusion that the war has, directly or indirectly, killed around 1 million people in Iraq, 220,000 in Afghanistan and 80,000 in Pakistan, i.e. a total of around 1.3 million. Not included in this figure are further war zones such as Yemen. The figure is approximately 10 times greater than that of which the public, experts and decision makers are aware of and propagated by the media and major NGOs. And this is only a conservative estimate. The total number of deaths in the three countries named above could also be in excess of 2 million, whereas a figure below 1 million is extremely unlikely. Investigations were based on the results of individual studies and data published by UN organizations, government bodies and NGOs. Figures for Afghanistan and Pakistan are only estimates based on the numbers of observed or reported deaths (passive determination). In Iraq, however, several representative surveys were also conducted in the context of studies seeking to determine the increase in the mortality rate since the onset of war, and therefore the total death toll among Iraqis arising from war or occupation. Although extrapolation of the results of such 'active' determination techniques inevitably causes significant breadth of range, this investigation shows that the data it provides is still far more reliable.
- War on Terrorism, 2001-2009 > Casualties.
- Civilian war casualties > Iraq > History > 21st century.
- Civilian war casualties > Afghanistan > History > 21st century.
- Civilian war casualties > Pakistan > History > 21st century.
- Terrorism > Prevention > Government policy > United States > History > 21st century.
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- Also known as: IPPNW Body count
- Based on the 3rd German edition; translated by Ali Fathollah-Nejad.