Over 800 people killed in Iraq in August
The capital Baghdad was the worst affected, with 317 killed
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.