Wikileaks’ Iraq War Logs: The War in Numbers

Republished from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism

October 22nd, 2010  |  by James Ball

The details in the Iraq War Logs are shocking, but the numbers are revelatory. Below are ten of the most powerful numbers harvested from the leaked documents:

37.6 million words

391,832 files

109,032 deaths including 66,081 civilians

176,382 wounded – 99,163 civilians

183,991 detentions – 1 in 50 of the adult male population

65,349 IEDs causing 31,780 deaths and leaving 100,985 injured

24,764 air strikes including 1,684 Hellfire missile strikes

34,814 murders – 32,563 civilians and nine Coalition troops

13,963 Escalation of force cases killing 832 people – 681 civilians

12,570 reports of al Qaeda in Iraq – 7 reports in 2004; 8,208 reports in 2008 (one in every seven reports written that year)

5 thoughts on “Wikileaks’ Iraq War Logs: The War in Numbers

  1. 1-(65,349 IEDs causing 31,780 deaths and leaving 100,985 injured)

    How many deaths and injuries of Occupation forces due to IEDs? They alawys say that IED is their No. 1 killer in Iraq.

    2- (24,764 air strikes ) No mention of deaths and injuries,and damages by airs trikes.

    3- (12,570 reports of al Qaeda in Iraq – 7 reports in 2004; 8,208 reports in 2008)

    very interesting. A psyop. Back in 2004, the freedom fighters were called in these leaked reports:

    Mujahideen, AIF (anti-iraq forces)ACF (anti-coalition forces). After the 2007 “surge”, every incident in Iraq was attributed to al-Qaeda. So it is just playing with words.

  2. Excellent points Ishtar, and these are the kinds of gaps and attempts at occlusion that remain to be corrected and filled in. Thanks for sharing those observations, much appreciated.

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