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Body Count

The War on Terror and Civilian Deaths in Iraq

By Lily Hamourtziadou

Published

16 Dec 2020

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1529206739

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

16 Dec 2020

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1529206722

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

16 Dec 2020

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1529206760

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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    Body Count

    Lily Hamourtziadou’s investigation into civilian victims during the conflicts that followed the US-led coalition’s 2003 invasion of Iraq provides important new perspectives on the human cost of the War on Terror.

    From early fighting to the withdrawal and return of coalition troops, the Arab Spring and the rise of ISIS, the book explores the scale and causes of deaths and places them in the contexts of power struggles, US foreign policy and radicalisation. Casting fresh light on not just the conflict but international geopolitics and the history of Iraq, it constructs a unique and insightful human security approach to war.

    “Hamourtziadou's account of the Iraq Body Count's work and its wider role in stimulating the recording of casualties in modern warfare, should be required reading for everyone concerned with issues of international peace and justice. A remarkable book.” Paul Rogers, University of Bradford

    “In this ground-breaking book, Dr Hamourtziadou deploys her vast knowledge and experience to break from the conventional security paradigms. Essential reading for anyone with an interest in civilian casualties in the wars of the 21st century.” Bulent Gokay, Keele University

    “This book is a beam of light pulsing through the darkest recesses of conflict in Iraq to rescue the humanity of the ‘casualties’ of war as remembered individuals and not mere statistics.” Patrick Thornberry, Keele University

    Lily Hamourtziadou is Senior Lecturer in Criminology with Security Studies and Deputy Course Director at Birmingham City University, and Principal Researcher of Iraq Body Count, which maintains the largest public database of violent civilian deaths.

    Introduction: Human Security and the Emergence of Body Counts;

    The Long Journey to the War on Terror;

    The Rising Violence: Writing the War 2006–2007;

    The Beginning of the End of Sectarian Violence? Writing the War 2008–2009;

    Iraq 2010–2013;

    Iraq 2014–2017: Obama and the Banality of Killing;

    Epilogue: Iraq and Its Casualties Today.