Thursday, March 06, 2014

UN reports 703 deaths in Iraq during February



Violence continues in the country after a crackdown 10 months ago on a Sunni protest camp. An additional 1,381 people were wounded.

Masked Sunni Muslims gunmen take position with their weapons during their patrol in the city of Falluja, 70 km (43 miles) west of Baghdad, February 26, 2014. Government forces are fighting rebellious Sunni tribes and an al-Qaeda splinter group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in western Anbar province. REUTERS/Stringer (IRAQ - Tags - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)
Masked Sunni Muslims gunmen take their positions with their weapons during their patrol in the city of Falluja

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BAGHDAD -- The United Nations said Saturday that violence across Iraq in February killed 703 people, a death toll higher than the year before as the country faces a rising wave of militant attacks rivaling the sectarian bloodshed that followed the U.S.-led invasion.
The figures issued by the U.N.'s mission to Iraq is close to January's death toll of 733, showing that a surge of violence that began 10 months ago with a government crackdown on a Sunni protest camp is not receding. Meanwhile, attacks Saturday killed at least five people and wounded 14, authorities said.
Attacks in February killed 564 civilians and 139 security force members in February, the U.N. said. The violence wounded 1,381, the vast majority civilians, it said. That compares to February 2013, when attacks killed 418 civilians and wounded 704.

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