Over 800 peo­ple killed in Iraq in Au­gust

The cap­i­tal Bagh­dad was the worst af­fected, with 317 killed

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Based on a re­port re­leased by the United Na­tions (UN), more than 800 peo­ple were killed in Iraq in vi­o­lence dur­ing Au­gust. That was down some­what from July, but still one of the high­est monthly tolls in re­cent years.

Vi­o­lence in Iraq has spiked fol­low­ing a deadly crack­down by the Shi­iteled gov­ern­ment on a Sunni protest camp in north­ern Iraq in April.

At­tacks in­clud­ing waves of mul­ti­ple co­or­di­nated car bomb­ings, which have mostly been blamed on the lo­cal branch of al-Qaida, tar­geted the mil­i­tary, po­lice and Shi­ite civil­ians. The scale of the blood­shed is in­ten­si­fy­ing fears that Iraq is head­ing back to­ward the wide­spread Sunni-Shi­ite sec­tar­ian killing that peaked in 2006 and 2007. Se­cu­rity forces have tried to ratchet up counter-in­sur­gency op­er­a­tions in re­sponse, but do not ap­pear to have made a ma­jor dent in the pace of at­tacks.

The UN mis­sion in Iraq said it recorded 804 peo­ple killed in Au­gust, in­clud­ing mem­bers of Iraq's se­cu­rity forces but not in­sur­gents. The cap­i­tal, Bagh­dad, was the part of the coun­try worst af­fected, with 317 killed. The UN fig­ure was down from its July death toll, which stood at 1 057.

The re­port says a to­tal of about 5 000 peo­ple have been killed since the start of 2013. The UN said that 716 of those killed in Au­gust were civil­ians and 88 were mem­bers of the Iraqi se­cu­rity forces.

Car bomb blasts and other ex­plo­sions tore through mainly Shi­ite dis­tricts around Bagh­dad dur­ing morn­ing rush hour.

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