Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Deaths In Iraq Take Jump In August 2009

The ebb and flow of violence in Iraq in 2009 has been for deaths to go up and down every month. January 2009 saw the lowest deaths in the Iraq war up to that date because of the provincial elections. In February deaths went back up, to drop in March, and then go up again in April. That pattern has continued into August 2009. July saw fewer deaths than June, and August saw an increase from July. Iraq Body Count, as usual, had the highest figure of 537 killed in August. That was followed in descending order by Iraq’s ministries with 456, icasualties with 439, and the Associated Press with 425. Iraq’s ministries also reported 1,741 wounded last month, an increase from the 1,085 wounded in July. Around three-quarters of the casualties in August were caused by large bombings. According to press accounts there were 44 mass casualty bombings in August resulting in 359 killed and 2,252 wounded. The largest event was the August 19, 2009 bombing of the Finance and Foreign Ministries that killed 101 and wounded 1,203. There is not a direct correlation between attacks and casualties in Iraq however. July saw almost three times as many bombings as June, but that month had more deaths than July. Overall, violence and deaths have not reached 2008 levels, but months with high casualties are up to last year’s counts, while monthly attacks are down to one-third the level of the last quarter of 2008.

Iraqi Deaths


Iraq Body Count

icasualties.Org

Iraqi Ministries

Associated Press

July 08

584

419

851

N/A

Aug. 08

592

311

N/A

475

Sep. 08

535

366

440

503

Oct. 08

528

288

317

N/A

Nov. 08

473

317

340

N/A

Dec. 08

522

320

316

N/A

Jan. 09

276

187

191

242

Feb. 09

343

202

258

288

March 09

416

278

252

335

April 09

484

347

355

371

May 09

332

188

165

225

June 09

488

367

437

447

July 09

418

240

275

309

Aug. 09

537

439

456

425

Last 6 months of 2008 Average

539.0

336.8

452.8 5 of 6 months

N/A

First 6 months of 2009 Average

389.8

261.0

276.5

317.5


Number of Bombings and Casualty Statistics – April to July 2009


Bombings

Deaths

Wounded

April 2009

21

198 + 32 Iranians

497 + 105 Iranians + 10 Americans

May 2009

9

111

262

June 2009

14

174

517

July 2009

35

180

655

August 2009

44

359

2,252


SOURCES

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Associated Press, "Bombs kill at least 8 at Iraqi market," 8/17/09

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Icasualties.org

Iraq Body Count

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Middle East Online, "Five police killed in Iraq bombing," 8/5/09

Monsters & Critics, "Cab bomb kills at least seven, wounds 20, in Iraqi market," 8/2/09

Reuters, "Bus Bombings South of Baghdad Kill 20," 8/24/09

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Salaheddin, Sinan, "Bicycle Bomb Kills 2 Near Restaurant In Baghdad," 8/20/09

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Santora, Marc, "Blasts Kill 21 at a Café n North Iraq," New York Times, 8/13/09

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Xinhua, "Civilian killed in Baghdad bombings," 8/27/09

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