Jan. 2 (Bloomberg) -- More than 114,000 civilians have died in violence in Iraq since the 2003 U.S. invasion, according to a group that tracks the number of people killed in the conflict.
A total of 4,059 Iraqi civilians were reported killed last year, slightly more than in 2010, London-based Iraq Body Count said in an analysis released today. The last U.S. combat troops left Iraq in December.
“The rate of Iraqi civilian deaths caused by U.S.-led coalition forces has declined steadily from 2009, while the rate caused by Iraqi state forces has increased,” the group said in an e-mailed news release.
Recent trends point to a “persistent low-level conflict in Iraq that will continue to kill civilians at a similar rate for years to come,” Iraq Body Count said. “Time will tell whether the withdrawal of U.S. forces will have an effect on casualty levels,” the group said.
--With assistance from Roger Runningen in Washington. Editor: James Tyson, Gail DeGeorge
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