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ACCORDING to a letter published from a reader named Ted Rudow, numbers compiled by several sources, including Iraq Body Count, more than 100,000 civilians were killed in Iraq over a period of six years, from 2004 to 2009. This seems to be on the low side considering the ferocity of the ‘shock and awe’ aerial bombardment by the US and its allies followed by ground assault by an overwhelming force of tanks and artillery. The casualty figure is certainly very small compared to 3,000,000 civilians killed in nine months by the Pakistani army in Bangladesh in 1971. The Iraq Body Count appears to be a voluntary body formed to track civilian deaths during the war. No such organisation existed in Bangladesh. We also missed an opportunity to tabulate civilian deaths at the hands of Pakistani army at the time of 1973 census. Surely data may have been easily collected from people. This could have been of considerable historical value and helped in the war crimes trial in Bangladesh. A citizen Via e-mail
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