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Islamic State-Counting Mosul’s Dead

  • In this Oct. 2, 2017 photo, family members bury their relative in a graveyard in Mosul after his body was exhumed hours earlier. Under Iraqi law, Mosul residents must recover the bodies of their relatives killed during the final battle to oust Islamic State from the city in order to receive a death certificate from the government. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen) Bram Janssen

  • Fatima Ahmed Aswad cries as she touches the grave of her 15-year-old daughter Sana in Mosul on Oct. 9, 2017. Like many civilians killed during the final battle to drive out Islamic State extremists, Sana’s death was not recorded until her body could be exhumed. An AP investigation found between 9,000 and 11,000 civilians died during the final battle to drive out Islamic State extremists. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen) Bram Janssen

  • Fifteen-year-old Sana Younes died in a mortar attack in Mosul during the final battle to drive out Islamic State extremists, and her body was exhumed months later for forensic investigation. In this Oct. 9, 2017, photo, her brother Salem holds her identification card before her remains are reburied. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen) Bram Janssen

  • In this image at a Mosul graveyard on Oct. 2, 2017, 8-year-old Mohammed Mahmoud sits next to the remains of his uncle, Omar, whose family says he was shot by Islamic State fighters while trying to flee the final battle against the group. An AP investigation found between 9,000 and 11,000 civilians died in nine months of fighting, including many whose bodies were buried hastily or were trapped in rubble during the chaos of the fighting. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen) Bram Janssen

  • A family disinters the body of a loved one from their garden in Mosul on Oct. 9, 2017, for forensic investigation, as required for a death certificate for those killed during the final battle to oust Islamic State. An Associated Press investigation found between 9,000 and 11,000 civilians died in the nine-month fight, including many whose bodies were buried in haste or trapped by rubble during the chaos of the fighting. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen) Bram Janssen

  • In this Oct. 10, 2017 photo Mosul residents sit inside the waiting room of the morgue in Mosul to pick up death certificates of their relatives. Mosul’s morgue has documented more than 9,000 deaths since the start of the battle to drive out Islamic State in October last year. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen) Bram Janssen

  • In this Oct. 9, 2017, photo, Fatima Ahmed Aswad cries as the body of her 15-year-old daughter Sana is exhumed in Mosul for forensic investigation in order to receive a death certificate. The girl died from a mortar attack in the final battle to drive out Islamic State extremists, among between 9,000 and 11,000 civilians killed in the fighting. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen) Bram Janssen

  • In this Oct. 9, 2017, photo, relatives of 15-year-old Sana Younes carry her body after exhumation in Mosul. Killed in a mortar attack during the final battle to drive out Islamic State extremists, Sana’s death was not recorded until her body could be exhumed. An AP investigation found between 9,000 and 11,000 civilians died during the final battle to drive out Islamic State extremists. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen) Bram Janssen

  • In this Oct. 9, 2017 photo, relatives bury the body of 15-year-old Sana Younes at a graveyard in Mosul. Under Iraqi law, Mosul residents have to exhume the bodies of their relatives in order to receive a death certificate from the government, after which the remains are reburied. An AP investigation found between 9,000 and 11,000 civilians died during the final battle to drive out Islamic State extremists, and many of those deaths are only now being recorded. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen) Bram Janssen

  • In this Oct. 9, 2017, Osama Younes cries as the body of his 15-year-old sister Sana is exhumed for forensic investigation in Mosul. Killed in a mortar attack during the final battle to drive out Islamic State extremists, Sana’s family could not receive a death certificate for her until the body was exhumed. An AP investigation found between 9,000 and 11,000 civilians died during the final battle to drive out Islamic State extremists. Months later, many are still being reburied. (AP... Bram Janssen



Associated Press
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
MOSUL, IraqUp to 11,000 civilians died in liberation

Between 9,000 and 11,000 people were killed in the nine-month battle to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State group, a civilian casualty rate nearly 10 times higher than has been previously reported, an Associated Press investigation has found.

The deaths aren’t acknowledged by the U.S.-led coalition, the Iraqi government or IS’s caliphate.

Of the nearly 10,000 deaths the AP found, around a third of the casualties died in bombardment by the U.S.-led coalition or Iraqi forces. The coalition, which has not sent anyone to Mosul to investigate recent allegations, acknowledges responsibility for only 326 of the deaths. Another third were killed in Islamic State group militants’ final frenzy of violence. And it could not be determined which side was responsible for the deaths of the remainder.

Associated Press