Whistleblowers’ website Wikileaks has released the Iraq War Logs, with 391,832 reports documenting the war and occupation in Iraq, from 1st January 2004 to 31st December 2009, as told by soldiers in the United States Army.
The reports detail 109,032 deaths in Iraq, comprised of 66,081 “civilians” (31 civilians dying every day); 23,984 “enemy” (those labelled as insurgents); 15,196 “host nation” (Iraqi government forces) and 3,771 “friendly” (coalition forces).
The original logs are hardly accessible due to Wikileaks’ heavy website traffic; there are too much data to digest anyway… I suggest you to check the intro articles at Guardian and NYtimes to catch what the document is about.
As expected there are accusations of war crimes being ignored etc… but lots of the time the line between right or wrong is blurred during war. War is the demon itself. Don’t blame the soldiers… but those who caused the war instead.