984 Iraqis were killed in November

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By Mohammed al-Salehi

Azzaman, December 12, 2013

The death toll due to the extraordinary bloodshed afflicting Iraq since the start of 2013 is rising and at least 984 Iraqis were killed in November.

“Official statistics reveal that there were at least 984 martyrs who lost their life due to daily violent actions that took place last month,” a government statement said.

The statement said at least 888 of those killed in November were innocent civilians. It put the number of police officers and army personnel killed due to violence at 96.

The statement gave no figures about the number of Iraqis who were injured as a result of the upsurge in violence.

Iraq faces a deepening security crisis following relative calm in the past few years.

The country has seen a resurgence of al-Qaeda and its affiliate groups who have been mounting deadly attacks through car and suicide bombings.

The campaign started early this year but last month’s figure of dead Iraqis is the highest since September in which 880 were reported killed.

November’s casualty figure brings the number who have been killed this year to more than 6,500.