Thursday, December 11, 2003

Iraq Health Ministry Orders Stop to Counting Civilian Dead: "Iraq's Health Ministry has ordered a halt to a count of civilians killed during the war and told its statistics department not to release figures compiled so far, the official who oversaw the count told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

"The order was relayed by the ministry's director of planning, Dr. Nazar Shabandar, but the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority, which oversees the ministry, also wanted the counting to stop, said Dr. Nagham Mohsen, the head of the ministry's statistics department. 'We have stopped the collection of this information because our minister didn't agree with it,' she said, adding: 'The CPA doesn't want this to be done.'"

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