Over 6,000 Killed during March in Iraq; 94 More Killed on Wednesday

At least 6,081 people were killed and 1,874 more were wounded in the month of March. These estimates are conservative, and the actual number of casualties could be much higher. In particular, the Iraqi government has resisted releasing credible military casualty numbers, but anonymous sources sometimes reveal that military casualties are much higher than being reported. The number of dead and wounded militants could go either way. There is no independent confirmation of their casualties, and the military could be exaggerating their victories.

Antiwar.com compiled 1,913 dead and 1,241 wounded in the column during March. These figures were gleaned from media sources and do not include enemy casualties. Adding militant casualties, the figures are 6,081 dead and 1,530 wounded.

The United Nations released its casualty figures as well. They determined that 997 people were killed, mostly civilians. Another 1,172 were wounded. They do not count casualties in Anbar province, but the Health Directorate there said that 237 civilians were killed and 702 were wounded. Combined, the total is 1,234 dead and 1,874 wounded. These figures do not include enemy casualties.

The figures for February were 4,134 killed, and 2280 wounded.

On Wednesday, at least 94 were killed and 17 were wounded.

Tikrit is now secure enough that Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi was able to parade through the city on Wednesday. There are pockets of resistance in the area still, and there are many bombs to be removed before civilians can return. Bombs killed nine security members and wounded three more on Tuesday.

In Alam, a suicide bomber injured two security personnel. Fourteen militants were killed.

A bomb killed one person and wounded 12 more in Taji. A civilian was shot dead.

In Mosul, militants stoned a man to death.

An education official was shot to death in Baquba. A civilian was also gunned down.

Four bodies were found in Paweh.

In Baghdad, a civilian was shot and killed.

Near Kirkuk, 17 militants were killed.

Nine militants were killed in Albu Howe.

A suicide bomber was killed during an attack in Ramadi.

Airstrikes killed 31 militants in villages near Baiji.

In Qayara, unidentified gunmen killed two militants.

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Author: Margaret Griffis

Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has
been covering Iraqi casualties for Antiwar.com since 2006.