UN reports 804 killed in Iraq in August

The UN has reported that 804 people were killed in Iraq in violence throughout August of which 716 of those killed were civilians and 88 were Iraqi security forces. Although the number of deaths is lower than the reportedly 1057 that were killed in July, recent terrorist attacks and violence in Iraq have been the highest in years since a Shiite-led government crackdown on a Sunni protest camp in northern Iraq in April. That was down somewhat from July, but still one of the highest monthly tolls in recent years.

Most attacks have targeted the military, police and Shiite civilians in the form of coordinated car bombings or suicide bombers. The Iraq Shiite government has blamed most of the attacks on the local Al-Qaida branch however it is unclear whether Al-Qaida or Sunni rebels are involved.  The recent increase in violence in Iraq has increased fears that there will be a return to  widespread Sunni-Shiite sectarian killing that peaked in 2006 and 2007. Although Iraqi government security forces have tried to initiate counter-insurgency measures, the frequency of the attacks and increasing death toll does not appear to be slowing down.

Today 6 people were killed in two separate incidents. The first was a roadside bomb that exploded near an outdoor market killing 3 people and wounding four in the Shiite town of Dujail, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Baghdad. A second explosion was from a car bomb in the ethnically mixed town of Tuz Khormato, killing 3 people and wounding 16.

The UN also reported that a total of about 5,000 people were killed since the start of 2013.



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