Data visualised from the largest ever leak of classified military documents
On Friday October 22 the Wikileaks website released the largest classified military leak in history.
The New York Times reported the data in dept with a series of maps, along with a number of articles.
One map (shown here) illustrates one of the deadliest days in Baghdad in 2006, when there were a reported 114 episodes of violence.
The Iraq War Logs
The 391,832 reports released by Wikileaks ('The Iraq War Logs'), document the war and occupation in Iraq, from 1st January 2004 to 31st December 2009 (except for the months of May 2004 and March 2009) as told by soldiers in the United States Army. Each is a 'SIGACT' or Significant Action in the war. They detail events as seen and heard by the US military troops on the ground in Iraq and are the first real glimpse into the secret history of the war that the United States government has been privy to throughout.
The reports detail 109,032 deaths in Iraq, comprised of 66,081 'civilians'; 23,984 'enemy' (those labeled as insurgents); 15,196 'host nation' (Iraqi government forces) and 3,771 'friendly' (coalition forces). The majority of the deaths (66,000, over 60%) of these are civilian deaths.That is 31 civilians dying every day during the six year period. For comparison, the 'Afghan War Diaries', previously released by WikiLeaks, covering the same period, detail the deaths of some 20,000 people.