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British group: civilian deaths in Iraq drop slightly

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BAGHDAD (WKOW) -- A British group monitoring civilian deaths in the Iraq war says the number has dropped slightly since 2009 but warns of a low-level conflict in the years ahead.

The Iraq Body Count said Thursday that 3,976 civilians have been killed in 2010 as of Dec. 25. That decreased from 4,680 deaths in 2009.

The organization said it was a smaller drop than in previous years.

The group said the figures suggest a "low-level conflict in Iraq that will continue to kill civilians" for years to come.

Casualty figures in the U.S.-led war in Iraq have been a hotly disputed topic. Critics on each side accuse the other of manipulating the death toll to sway opinion.

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