Posted on Mon, Jan. 01, 2007

Iraqi officials report 16,273 deaths

Associated Press

Government officials on Monday reported that 16,273 Iraqi civilians, soldiers and police died violent deaths in 2006, a figure larger than an independent Associated Press count for the year by more than 2,500.

The tabulation by the Iraqi ministries of Health, Defense and Interior, showed that 14,298 civilians, 1,348 police and 627 soldiers were killed in the violence that raged in the country last year.

The Associated Press accounting, gleaned from daily news reports from Baghdad, arrived at a total of 13,738 deaths.

The United Nations has said as many as 100 Iraqis die violently each day, which translates into 36,500 deaths annually

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