On 12 October 2006, a study of mortality developments in Iraq was published in British medical journal The Lancet. This found that between 393,000 and 943,000 excess deaths have occured in the 2003 invasion and its aftermath, with 655,000 the most likely estimate.
The study suggests a very high human cost of the war in Iraq, and its findings have been the subject of significant scrutiny. This collection of 'Frequently Asked Questions' is an attempt to explain the methodology used by the the MIT/Bloomberg study, and compare its results to other estimates.
As a starting point, we suggest the following FAQs:
- What were the main findings of the MIT/Bloomberg study?
- Why is the number of deaths found by the MIT/Bloomberg study so much larger than other estimates commonly quoted?
- What have politicians said about the study?
- What have scientific experts said about the study?
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