Number of documented civilian deaths in the Iraq war from 2003 to 2016

The statistic shows the number of documented civilian deaths in the Iraq war between 2003 and 2016. In 2012, there were 4,622 documented civilian deaths.


Civilian Deaths in the Iraq War

Civilian casualties are the deaths of non-military individuals as a result of military operations. According to data from Iraqbodycount.org, the number of documented civilian deaths in the Iraq war peaked in 2006 at 29 thousand casualties. Since then, the number has fallen to five thousand causalities documented in the year 2012. Iraqbodycount.org acknowledges that due to the nature of the Iraq war and of war reporting, its numbers cannot be considered exact. Many civilian deaths that occurred during the war in Iraq may remain unaccounted for.

The Iraq war was launched in March 2003 upon the invasion of Iraq by US forces. Eight years later, in December 2011, the US formally declared and end to the Iraq war. From the start of the war in 2003 until September 30, 2013, it is estimated that the United States spent a total of over 812 billion US dollars on war costs in Iraq. This number includes funding requested by the President and appropriated by Congress, and accounts for both military and non-military spending. Spending was highest in 2008—that year over 142 billion US dollars were spent in Iraq by the United States government. As of 2012, six thousand US active-duty military personnel were deployed in the North Africa, Near East and South East region.

The number of US American soldiers killed in Iraq peaked in 2007 with just over nine hundred causalities. In the same year, there were over 25 thousand civilian deaths in Iraq.

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 Number of civilian deaths
2003 12,125
2004 11,659
2005 16,402
2006 29,441
2007 26,036
2008 10,271
2009 5,369
2010 4,167
2011 4,153
2012 4,622
2013 9,851
2014 20,050
2015 17,401
2016* 5,461
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