Modal close

Hi there,

You turn to Democracy Now! for ad-free news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines. Maybe you come for in-depth stories that expose government and corporate abuses of power. This week Democracy Now! is celebrating our 23rd birthday. For over two decades, we've produced our daily news hour without ads, government funding or corporate underwriting. How is this possible? Only with your support. Right now, in honor of Democracy Now!'s birthday, every donation we receive will be doubled by a generous supporter. This means if you give $30 today, Democracy Now! will get $60 to support our daily news hour. Please do your part. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else. Thank you! -Amy Goodman

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.

Donate

UN Estimates a US Attack On Iraq Will Cause 500,000 Iraqi Casualties in the Initial Stages

Listen
Media Options
Listen

Related

The United Nations is predicting that there will be as many as half a million Iraqi casualties in the early stages of a war on Iraq.

The total includes some 100,000 expected to be injured as a direct result of combat and a further 400,000 wounded as an indirect result of the devastation.

The confidential U.N. assessment was drafted a month ago. The U.N. staff has been quietly planning for months how to cope with the humanitarian fallout from a conflict in Iraq.

In addition, the UN predicts U.S. war against Iraq would cause 2 million Iraqis to become refugees and a total of 10 million would be put at risk of hunger and disease. And as many as 500,000 Iraqis could be seriously injured in the early stages of an invasion.

The impact of a U.S. invasion in Iraq would likely be far worse than the humanitarian crisis caused by the Gulf War in 1991. A decade of U.N. sanctions has made the Iraqi population almost totally dependent on government handouts for survival.

Guest:

  • Denis Halliday, former UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq and former Assistant Secretary-General. He is speaking to us from Baghdad.

Related Story

Video squareStoryDec 28, 2018Bring the Troops Home & Stop the Bombing: Medea Benjamin on U.S. Withdrawal from Syria & Afghanistan
The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.
Make a donation
Up arrowTop