UN Agrees to Stop Reporting Iraqi Casualties After Military Complains

Iraqi Army Accused Death Tolls of Hurting Morale

Following complaints from the Iraqi government, the United Nations has agreed to stop recording casualty figures for the ISIS war in Iraq, meaning that November’s report of 1,959 deaths among Iraqi security forces will be the last deaths you’ll be hearing about from them.

Iraqi Army officials claimed the figure was an “exaggeration,” though they’ve offered no death tolls of their own for the fighting. They further accused the UN report of hurting morale by making the death toll known.

The Iraqi Army command further claimed that the UN report was a deliberate attempt by the international body to “influence the course of Nineveh operations,” and that they were deliberately providing false reports in favor of ISIS.

The UN did note that they had requested casualty figures from the official Iraqi government sources, but never got any response, so they had to try to come up with their own figures. The UN says it will continue to report on civilian deaths in some parts of Iraq, but since they deliberately exclude the largest province, Anbar, this has always been of limited value anyhow.

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  • TellTheTruth-2

    Sounds like a trick they learned from the USA .. hide the body count and don’t let people see the bodies coming back to the USA.

    • Ron Johnson

      That was my first impression, too. It seems the Iraqis have learned a thing or two from our decade-plus of training.

      • curmudgeonvt

        The Iraqi government hasn’t learned anything – they’re just following orders from the US “advisors” who are sitting right there with them at the table. IMO, it’s the US military who are more interested in keeping the body count invisible.

    • MvGuy

      We are living in a country where reporting the CRIMES of the government is a crime… The government “classifies” information of their crimes that can get whistleblowerz long prison sentences… Where the thirst for truth is demonized and ridiculed because the truth is so ugly that our leaders spend all their time and OUR tax money generating a tissue……. no CARPET of lies.. Its been going on for a century or more.

  • MvGuy

    Nothing 2c here…. Bodies… What bodies… You are spreading conspiracy theories….