Today the number has changed, now reports indicate that over 1,300 killed.
As many as 1,300 people could have died in the wave of sectarian violence that swept Iraq following the bombing of a gold-domed shrine in Samarra, it was reported today.
Most of the dead had been shot, knifed or garroted, often with their hands tied execution-style behind their backs, the report said.
It added that the blood-caked bodies of hundreds of men lay unclaimed outside the morgue as distraught families searched for missing relatives yesterday.
These people have been killed by death squads; Picked up, tortured and executed. This is a Civil War that will be fought in a very unconventional manner. As long as the US has forces in the theater there is little chance of a more traditional war starting. That means is instead of combatants being the primary target, the general population will be targeted, by all sides. The end result for the people of Iraq is this will continue for a long time.
For those who have a lean toward history, and to give a sense of scale to these numbers, the first battle of Bull Run, the first major combat of the US Civil War, killed about 850 people.
Iraq Civil War