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Violent deaths in Iraq fall 'but at slower rate'

The number of civilians killed by violence in Iraq in the past year was the lowest since the 2003 US-led invasion, a rights group has said.

Iraq Body Count (IBC), which collates casualty reports, said deaths dropped by 15% from 2009 to just under 4,000.

It said two bombs exploded each day on average, each killing four people.

But the group warned the number may have reached an "impassable minimum", and that civilians were likely to die at a similar rate for years to come.

Jim Muir reports.

  • 30 Dec 2010
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