A previously undisclosed Iraqi government tally obtained by The Associated Press shows that at least 87,215 Iraqis have been killed in violence since 2005.
An in-depth AP review shows the total for the entire war exceeds 110,000 Iraqis. That figure is based on the government tally and counts of casualties from earlier years from hospital sources and media reports.
A government official shared the Iraqi death tally on condition of anonymity, providing the most authoritative accounting to date of the war’s toll.
It still excludes thousands of people who are missing and civilians who were buried in the chaos of war without official notice.
Meanwhile, the numbers continued to rise Thursday, as two separate suicide attacks killed at least 54 people.