DUBAI - AT LEAST 109,000 people were killed, 63 per cent of them civilians, in Iraq between the US-led invasion of March 2003 and the end of 2009, Al-Jazeera on Friday reported secret US documents obtained by WikiLeaks as saying.

'The confidential documents obtained by WikiLeaks reveal that the American forces had compiled a register of dead and wounded Iraqis, even if they deny it publicly,' the Qatar-based satellite chain's Arabic-language service reported.

'They show 285,000 victims of the conflict, of whom at least 109,000 were killed' between 2003 and the end of last year, it said, adding that 63 per cent of the dead were civilians. On Oct 15, it was reported that the US military had released a tally finding that nearly 77,000 Iraqis were killed between January 2004 and August 2008, a period covering the bloodiest chapter of the seven-year war.

The figures had been discreetly posted on US Central Command's website in late July, but were only reported by major news media outlets a week ago.

According to the US count, 63,185 Iraqi civilians and 13,754 Iraqi security forces were killed during the period, which includes the height of sectarian violence that ravaged the country in 2006-2007.

At least 121,649 Iraqi civilians and security forces were also wounded, it said, while 3,592 coalition troops were killed and 30,068 wounded. Estimates vary greatly on the number of Iraqis killed since the invasion. In an October 2009 report, the Iraqi Human Rights Ministry said 85,694 people died as a result of violence, while 147,195 people were wounded.

The independent public database Iraq Body Count puts the number of civilian deaths since 2003 at between 98,252 and 107,235. A controversial 2006 study by the British medical journal The Lancet claimed nearly 655,000 Iraqis had died in the war, far exceeding other estimates at the time.

'109,000' killed in Iraq