In Iraq, 460,000 people died as a direct or indirect result of the conflict, with violence accounting for more than 60% of all deaths. There were 110,600 violent fatalities. 183,535–206,107 civilian fatalities as a result of violence 109,032 people were killed, including 66,081 civilians. Another 388,000 people were wounded.
The total includes 80,000 to 100,000 Iraqis who have been killed since the US-led invasion in 2003. The actual number may be much higher because government statistics do not include bodies found outside hospitals.
According to the Iraqi government, 1 million people have been affected by terrorism and violence since 2004.
The number of Americans killed in the Iraq war has risen to 4,000. According to the Associated Press, at least 4,000 Americans have died in the Iraq conflict. This figure includes 133 soldiers who were part of the initial invasion force that attacked Iraq from Kuwait in March 2003.
Of these deaths, 3,996 were due to acts of violence. The remaining four were caused by accidents or other causes not related to violence. These four individuals are:
1. Sgt. 1st Class Michael P. Murphy, 35, of West Seneca, New York, was killed when a roadside bomb struck his vehicle in Al Kut, Iraq on August 7, 2004. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
2. Lt. Col. Paul R. Halling, 44, of Findlay, Ohio, was killed when his helicopter was shot down in Al Anbar Province, Iraq on November 12, 2004. He is buried in Fort Rosement Cemetery in Louisiana.
3. Sgt. Jose G. Gonzalez, 24, of Lodi, California, was killed when a car bomb exploded near his military convoy in Baghdad on April 8, 2005. He is buried in San Francisco National Cemetery.
The United States suffered 51 fatalities and 425 injuries, while Iraqi troops suffered 8 fatalities and 43 injuries. The US death toll in the Fallujah assault reached 71 on December 2, 2004. This was not including the four soldiers who were killed when a bomb planted by insurgents detonated as they changed out their patrol vehicles in eastern Baghdad.
These numbers do not include two Army officers who were reportedly killed by a car bomb near Mosul, Iraq on November 12, 2004. The officers' names have not been released yet. Nor does it include a third officer reported killed on October 7, 2004 in northern Iraq during a routine patrol mission with his team. Again, this officer's name has not been released.
So overall, there have been 73 American deaths related to Operation Phantom Fury since it began in April 2004. In addition, another 423 people have been injured.
Phantom Fury involved extensive use of explosive weapons, such as 152mm howitzers, 40mm grenade launchers, and M240 machine guns. These are all high-powered firearms that can cause severe damage and death from a distance.
Furthermore, the operation also used aircraft flying over Fallujah firing missiles at buildings suspected of hosting terrorists.
The number of people killed directly as a result of the conflict (including military and civilian casualties) is estimated to be 50–56 million, with an additional 19–28 million killed by war-related illness and starvation. The number of civilian deaths was between 50 and 55 million. This makes the total number of people killed in World War I and II equal.
The most recent data available from various sources estimates that 56 million people died in World War I and 49 million in World War II. These numbers include all victims of combat, accidents, disease, and other causes; they do not only count soldiers.
These figures are based on estimates by historians that use statistics from different sources to come up with their own numbers. Some studies have put the death toll higher than others; for example, one study published in 2003 found that the death toll was 65 million. However another study published around the same time came up with a lower figure of 54 million.
There are several reasons why these estimates are difficult to calculate with accuracy. First, there are no complete records of every death during these periods; instead, historians usually make assumptions about what percentage of deaths were recorded by governments or organizations responsible for keeping track of population statistics.