New Tally of Iraqi Deaths Prompts Dispute Over Counting Methods

A new survey estimates that 151,000 violent deaths took place in Iraq between March 2003 and June 2006. The report, published this month, increases the controversy surrounding an earlier study that came up with a much higher death count for the years following the American-led invasion. That earlier study put the number at more than 600,000.

The two studies used a similar, and inherently dangerous, technique: interviewing people in homes grouped in clusters throughout Iraq. One