United States killing of Iraqi women and children

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From Women’s Views on News:

Report finds Iraqi women and children victims in ‘dirty war’

Posted by Jo Webb on February 16, 2011

Summary of a story from Reuters on AlertNet, Feb 15 2011

A study by British and Swiss researchers has found that US-led coalition forces in Iraq killed women and children at a higher rate than insurgents in the period 2003 to 2008.

The analysis of the 92,600 civilian deaths, published yesterday in the Public Library of Science Medicine Journal, also established a “Dirty War Index” (DWI) to measure the proportion of women and children among civilians killed.

The study found that the most indiscriminate effects on women and children in Iraq came from mortar fire and non-suicide vehicle bombs caused by unknown perpetrators – these had DWI ratings of 7 and 54 respectively – but that coalition air attacks had a DWI of 69.

Madelyn Hsiao-Rei Hicks of the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, who led the study, said the findings suggested that some of the types of weapons used by American-led forces during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and subsequently, were not very precise.

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  1. Baghdad: U.S. Apology, $1 Billion Owed For Blast Walls

    (Reuters) – Iraq’s capital wants the United States to apologize and pay $1 billion for the damage done to the city not by bombs but by blast walls and Humvees since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

    The city’s government issued its demands in a statement on Wednesday that said Baghdad’s infrastructure and aesthetics have been seriously damaged by the American military.

    “The U.S. forces changed this beautiful city to a camp in an ugly and destructive way, which reflected deliberate ignorance and carelessness about the simplest forms of public taste,” the statement said.

    “Due to the huge damage, leading to a loss the Baghdad municipality cannot afford…we demand the American side apologize to Baghdad’s people and pay back these expenses.”

    The statement made no mention of damage caused by bombing.

    Baghdad’s neighborhoods have been sealed off by miles of concrete blast walls, transforming the city into a tangled maze that contributes to massive traffic jams. Despite a sharp reduction in overall violence in recent years only 5 percent of the walls have been removed, officials said.

    The heavy blast walls have damaged sewer and water systems, pavement and parks, said Hakeem Abdul Zahra, the city spokesman.

    U.S. military Humvees, driven on street medians and through gardens, have also caused major damage, he said.

    “The city of Baghdad feels these violations, which have taken place for years, have caused economic and moral damage,” he said.

    U.S. troops pulled out of Iraq’s cities in June 2009 before formally ending combat operations last August. Around 50,000 remain in Iraq but they are scheduled to withdraw by year end.

    Baghdad is badly in need of a facelift. Electricity and trash collection are sporadic, streets are potholed and sewage treatment plants and pipes have not been renovated for years.

    Iraq has seen growing protests in recent weeks over poor government services.

    Zahra said the city’s statement issued on Wednesday would be the start of its measures to get the United States to pay for damages but he did not say what other steps might be taken.

    (Reporting and writing by Aseel Kami; Editing by Jim Loney)

    Copyright 2010 Thomson Reuters.


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