From the Guardian:

The death toll among Iraqis as a result of the US-led invasion has now reached an estimated 655,000, a study in the Lancet medical journal reports today.

The figure for the number of deaths attributable to the conflict - which amounts to around 2.5% of the population - is at odds with figures cited by the US and UK governments and will cause a storm, but the Lancet says the work, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, has been examined and validated by four separate independent experts who all urged publication.

In October 2004, the same researchers published a study estimating that 100,000 Iraqis had died as a result of the war since the beginning of the March 2003 invasion, a figure that was hugely controversial. Their new study, they say, reaffirms the accuracy of their survey of two years ago and moves it on.

I've still been using the 100 000 figure; but now its over 6 times higher. "The mortality rate before the war was 5.5 per 1000, but since the invasion, it has risen to 13.3 per 1000 per year. Between June 2005 and June 2006, the mortality rate hit a high of 19.8 per 1000".

This is 10 times higher than the figures the imperialist governments responsible for this atrocity put out. They've killed more people quicker than Saddam could dream of.

The people must have justice. Bush, Blair and all others involved; including major shareholders and senior staff of corporations with contracts handed out by those governments should face life imprisonment.