Iraqi civilian deaths increased in 2007.

According to Iraqi health, defense and interior ministries, 16,232 civilians died in Iraq in 2007. The year before, the ministries said that 12,371 civilians were killed. Similarly, an AP count found that 18,610 Iraqis were killed in 2007, compared to 13,813 in 2006. “Figures for the most recent months indicate that violence in Iraq has returned to the monthly levels Iraq Body Count was recording in 2005, a year which was itself (until 2006) the worst since the invasion.”

(HT: Juan Cole)