Over 1000 peo­ple killed in Iraq in Jan­uary

Jan­uary was the dead­li­est month in Iraq in more than five years

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

More than 1,000 peo­ple were killed in Iraq in Jan­uary, of­fi­cial data re­vealed on Fri­day as se­cu­rity forces grap­ple with a surge in blood­shed and a stand­off with mil­i­tants.

The vi­o­lence, the coun­try's worst since 2008, comes with elec­tions loom­ing in less than three months amid fears Iraq may be slip­ping back into the all-out con­flict that left tens of thou­sands dead in ear­lier years.

World pow­ers have urged the Shi­ite-led gov­ern­ment to reach out to the dis­af­fected Sunni mi­nor­ity, but Iraqi Prime Min­is­ter Nuri al-Ma­liki has taken a hard line and trum­peted wide-rang­ing se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions that he and other of­fi­cials in­sist are hav­ing an im­pact.

A to­tal of 1,013 peo­ple— 795 civil­ians, 122 sol­diers and 96 po­lice­men—died as a re­sult of the vi­o­lence, ac­cord­ing to data com­piled by the min­istries of Health, the In­te­rior and De­fense.

The fig­ures also re­vealed that 2,024 peo­ple were wounded: 1,633 civil­ians, 238 sol­diers and 153 po­lice­men. Se­cu­rity forces killed 189 mil­i­tants and ar­rested 458 more.

Jan­uary's over­all death toll is the high­est re­leased by the min­istries since April 2008, when 1,073 peo­ple were killed.

The toll con­firms a months-long surge in blood­shed in Iraq, which has been hit by near-daily mil­i­tant at­tacks as well as the takeover of an en­tire city on Bagh­dad's doorstep and parts of another by anti-gov­ern­ment fight­ers.

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