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Iraq Body Count
Officially, Memorial Day is a day of observance for US war dead. But US victims are a small minority of the dead in the US war on Iraq and Afghanistan. Close to five thousand US names appear on the official US death rolls so far, but the number for Iraqis and Afghans is many times that. Forty-six civilians died in car bomb and gun-attacks in Iraq as recently as May 20th and the death toll from US attacks on Afghanistan and Pakistan continue to mount. An official Afghan government inquiry found that 140 civilians, including 93 children, died in the US air attack of May 4th. Other sources have put the death toll even higher. Derived from the website Iraq Body Count, GRITtv lists here -- in memoriam -- only deaths recorded in 2009.
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