- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 22, 2005

The number of Iraqi civilians killed in the ongoing war appears to be dropping since deaths spiked in August.

In an analysis of Iraq body count data, the Brookings Institution’s Iraq Index found that between 439 and 768 Iraqi civilians died as a result of combat operations in November. That was higher than October, when between 285 and 499 civilians were killed, but lower than the 645-1,129 reported in September and significantly lower than in August, when a post-invasion high of 1,414-2,475 civilians were killed. This month’s figures through Dec. 19 register between 51 and 89 deaths, a figure subject to change.

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