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    It is estimated that around half a million Iraqi civilians died when US intervened, with even more injured, why was the number so high?
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    First of all, I'd like to contest the numerical statistic you present; the most reliable data set for civilian casualties during the Iraq War is produced by the Iraq Body Count, which identified 92,614 Iraqi civilian deaths between 2003 and 2008, with at least 116,000 civilians killed within 8 years of the war's inception. In the first year, the largest amount of civilian casualties were attributable to US and coalition air strikes (52%). However, civilian deaths only started to really pile up from 2004 onwards (until about mid-2007), and here it has been shown that 74% of deaths in this period were attributable to "unknown groups", aka local armed, and usually sectarian, militias. They used attacks against civilians as a way to signal military strength and political staying-power to indicate that they wanted a role in the post-conflict regime. However, they weren't willing to engage in a direct war with the new US-backed regime, since this might have brought with it significant losses; therefore, various groups jostled for power, territory and resources and targeted civilians both as a means to enhance their own strategic position in the country, but also to demonstrate that they could inflict harm indirectly on America by killing civilians.
 
 
 
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