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Study Claims 460,000 Iraqis Died During War

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new study that is certain to generate controversy puts the death toll from the Iraq war that lasted from 2003 through 2011 at around 460,000.

The figures were compiled by researchers from the U.S., Canada and Iraq and is based on two different surveys of 2,000 Iraqi households located in 100 regions of the country.

Study author Amy Hagopian of the University of Washington School of Public Health says that 405,000 deaths were a direct result of the war while close to 56,000 more can be attributed to Iraqis misplaced from their homes or becoming refugees.

Hagopian estimated that six in ten people died violently while the rest of the deaths occurred due to "health-infrastructure issues."

Critics of the study questioned the methods used although they said they were an improvement over a previous study from 2006 that put the death toll at the time at over 655,000.

Neither the U.S. nor the Iraqi government has ever released any definitive number of total dead from the war.

The study is in the current issue of PLos Medicine.

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