Yeah, about that:
The death toll [in Iraq] for all of 2014 was about 15,600. That’s a big jump from 2013 when the death toll was 8,900 for all of Iraq and only ten percent of those were terrorists while the majority were Shia civilians. Previously the worst year was 2007, when nearly 18,000 died. Then as now the main cause of the mayhem and murder was Sunni fanatics who want to run the country as a Sunni dictatorship.
With 170,000 Americans on the ground in 2007 during the surge offensive "slaughtering" Iraqis, 18,000 Iraqis died.
With a few thousand American troops entering Iraq at the end of 2014, 15,600 Iraqis died that year.
Apparently, the real scandal is that American troops aren't very cost effective in slaughtering Iraqis.
Or maybe the body count was largely the fault of the jihadis.
One of the two explanations, I'd say.