The Wikileaks Iraq war logs have made it possible to map the occurrence of violent death during the Iraq war:
(source, where you can zoom in on the map)
This follows more or less closely the population density of Iraq, meaning that the war has been equally horrible for everyone, with the exception of some parts of the north of the country where violent death has been somewhat less common:
Some key figures:
- The Wikileaks database records 109,032 deaths in total, 66,081 civilians, 23,984 insurgents and 15,196 Iraqi security forces. Baghdad alone saw 45,497 casualties. Colation forces lost 3,771 soldiers in the period covered.
- There were 65,439 IED explosions (improvised explosive devices), resulting in 31,780 deaths. Another 44,620 IEDs were found and cleared.
- Here’s how some of these numbers evolved over time:
These numbers are probably low estimates because not every event is recorded.
Let’s focus on Baghdad for an instant, the epicenter of violence. December 2006 was the worst month. Below are the details of one of the city’s deadliest days, Dec. 20. There were 114 separate episodes of violence that day, resulting in the deaths of about 160 Iraqi citizens and police officers (an interactive version of the map is here).
(source, click image to enlarge)
- Iraq War logs released by Wikileaks shed new light (flowingdata.com)
- “Wikileaks Iraq War Logs – Part Two” and related posts (googlemapsmania.blogspot.com)