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But the biggest cost is in human lives. Iraq Body Count’s cross-referenced count says at least 82,249 Iraqi civilians have died from direct military action since Iraq was invaded. That doesn’t count civilian deaths from direct military action that were not reported, deaths that occur because of the war but not from direct military action (reduced healthcare, increased poverty and disease, increased crime etc), and the Iraqis who have died as combatants, either with the Iraqi army during the invasion itself or in one of the many armed groups in the subsequent war. A Lancet survey concluded 655,000 more Iraqis had died between the invasion and October 2006 than would have died at pre-war mortality levels. Other studies estimate Iraqi deaths at 150,000 to 1.3 million. The studies are now months out of date and don’t include foreigners who have died in Iraq, including journalists, pilgrims, and combatants.
The only figure we can be sure of is that 4300 US and coalition soldiers have died in the war. The graphic below links to flash-based animation that maps these deaths over time (to October 2007). It is a moving experience. Remember, each dot represents one coalition soldier but, for each, up to another 250 people also died.