Friday, September 2, 2016

U.N.: Two-thirds of Iraqi casualties in August were civilians

The United Nations said more than two-thirds of Iraqis killed or injured in August were civilians, an estimate elevated by recent horrific ISIS executions.

The U.N. Assistance Mission in Iraq on Thursday released casualty figures for August in which 691 Iraqis were killed and 1,016 were injured as a result of violence. These numbers exclude the Anbar western province where figures could not be obtained from local health departments.

Overall, 68 percent of those killed and 80 percent of those injured were civilians.

"The bloodletting in Iraq continues without let-up," Ján Kubiš, U.N. Special Representative for Iraq, said in a statement. "Casualty figures remain too high and civilians again are bearing the brunt."

The casualty report comes as the so-called "Islamic State", also known as ISIL, Daesh and ISIL, in Mosul is accused of using a chainsaw to execute nine teenagers this week...

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