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  Iraq deaths 'higher than thought'
Updated 29 October 2004, 16.21
Iraqis in Falluja
The number of non-fighting Iraqis killed by violence leapt after the US invasion - with 100,000 extra deaths since the war, according to scientists.

A study claims civilians in Iraq are now 58 times more likely to die from violence than before the invasion.

It also claims that most of the people who died were women or children, killed in coalition air-strikes.

But the Pentagon defended coalition action, saying the conflict was carried out in "the most precise fashion".

The report was published in a medical magazine, and it puts the number of dead much higher than any other survey.

Lots of human rights groups have criticised the way the coalition has recorded the deaths of these people.

They say the deaths of soldiers are given a lot more attention, making it seem they are more important than normal people.

However, there are no exact figures available for the number of Iraqi civilians who have died since hte outbreak of war in March 2003.

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