Us and them

A look at how U.S. troop casualties compare with Iraqi civilian war deaths

Imagine the preceding pages of dead U.S. soldiers’ names represented in the black lines below. Now, imagine what a list of the names of the Iraqi civilians who have been killed as a result of the war would look like. The grey bars below represent the additional pages we would need if we were to publish 58,418 names—that’s the most-conservative estimate of Iraqi civilian dead.

Other estimates range from 64,405 ( to 650,000 (the Lancet study of excessive Iraqi mortality as a result of the war). The conservative number we have chosen represents Iraqis who have died violently as a direct result of the war: killed by bombs, U.S. troops (collateral damage), insurgents, Iraqi military and police, and assassination.