More than 15,000 previously unrecorded deaths are contained in the leaked Pentagon files published by Wikileaks, according to one analysis of the figures.
US military logs reveal 109,032 deaths between January 2004 and December last year, including 66,000 civilian fatalities and 3,771 described as “Friendly”, namely British, US and other allied soldiers.
A spokesman for Iraq Body Count (IBC), the London-based organisation which monitors civilian deaths, said: “On the basis of these analyses IBC is able to conclude that some 15,000 hitherto unrecorded civilian deaths will be added to the public record from the Iraq war logs.
“These, together with new information on combatant deaths contained in the logs, will bring the recorded death toll since March 2003 to over 150,000, roughly 80 per cent of whom were civilians.”
The majority of the additional 15,000 deaths came from smaller incidents involving between one and three fatalities, IBC said.
An additional 24,000 deaths are classed as “Enemy” and 15,000 as “Host Nation”, or members of the Iraqi security forces and police.
In total, 31,780 deaths were said to be caused by “improvised explosive device” (IED) blasts. A further 34,800 deaths from sectarian killings are recorded as murders in the log.
The IBC said the logs described 23,000 previously unreported violent incidents in which Iraqi civilians were killed or their bodies found.
Most of the logs contained an “unprecedented level of detail regarding individual Iraqi victims,” said the IBC spokesman.
He added that these details deserved to be publicly known “as a memorial to the dead and public recognition of the loss suffered by their families”.