The history of the world has been littered with wars that have claimed millions of lives and the new millennium continues with such conflicts. Here’s looking at seven conflicts which began or ended after 2000 and have been deadlier than the Israel-Palestine conflict.
The figures mentioned are the 'upper limit' of estimates.
1. Iraq War - 1.2 million
The Americans went after Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction in 2003 and in the end they didn’t find them. But Iraq continued to be ravaged facing a second attack (the first one was a US-led attack way back in 1991).
War casualties are pretty sketchy even in today’s information age. While the lowest estimates of people dying directly in the war is as low as 110,000, the Opinion Research Business survey of Iraq War casualties put the total number of people dying as a result of the war at a whopping 1.2 million.
With the ISIS threat looming, it looks like the grim spectre of violence is here to stay in Iraq for quite some time.
2. Darfur War - 400,000
Rebel groups took on the ruling Government of Sudan in the Darfur region in 2003 and the resulting civil war is probably the bloodiest after the Iraq conflict.
The President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, has been accused of genocide by the International Criminal Court.
Image: Smoke billows during a US strike on a presidential palace in Baghdad on March 22, 2003.