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Author Hall, Katharine.
Title An argument for documenting casualties : violence against Iraqi civilians 2006 / Katharine Hall, Dale Stahl.
Imprint Santa Monica, Calif. : RAND, 2008.

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Author Hall, Katharine.
Subject Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Casualties.
Civilian war casualties -- Iraq -- Statistics.
Violent deaths -- Iraq -- Statistics.
Alt Name Stahl, Dale.
Description 1 online resource (xviii, 51 pages) : color maps, color charts
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 49-51).
Contents Preface -- Figures -- Tables -- Summary -- Acknowledgments -- Abbreviations -- Introduction -- Counting Iraqi civilian deaths -- The Lancet studies -- United Nations reports -- Iraq body count -- Iraqi government statistics -- Conclusions -- Detailed analysis of RAND's civilian violence dataset -- The RAND dataset -- A closer look at 2006 : who is being attacked, where, and how -- Conclusions -- Recent developments : COIN and the U.S. military's data collection effort -- COIN and Iraq : doctrine versus reality -- The reduction of violence in 2007 : General Petraeus and the surge -- Conclusions -- Conclusions and recommendations : a better collection framework -- References.
Summary Protecting the civilian population is one of the central tenets of U.S. counterinsurgency doctrine. Until very recently, however, the U.S. military has not had a formal system for documenting the level of violence directed against Iraqi civilians. Therefore, other groups (such as nongovernmental organizations, the United Nations, and Iraqi ministries) have filled the vacuum in reporting, relying on media accounts, surveys, death certificates, and other open-source information to generate datasets of varying transparency and quality. The resulting statistics have generated widespread debate over sources, methods, and political biases. This study examines available open-source data on Iraqi civilian fatalities and assesses problems associated with previous collection and analysis efforts. The authors present a more robust RAND Corporation Iraqi civilian violence dataset from which they derive new observations about trends in targeting and weapons in 2006. RAND's dataset reveals that the majority of attacks in the year 2006 against civilians were directed against individuals without any identifiable affiliation, and that most attacks were carried out using firearms (rather than via improvised explosive devices or suicide attacks). These findings lead to a proposed framework for future civilian fatality data-collection efforts in Iraq and beyond.
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Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
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ISBN 9780833045324 (electronic bk.)
0833045326 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 341079563
Additional Format Print version: Hall, Katharine. Argument for documenting casualties. Santa Monica, Calif. : RAND, 2008 9780833044617 0833044613 (DLC) 2008017146 (OCoLC)225846890

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