GENEVA (AP) — More than 1,000 people, the vast majority of them civilians, have been killed in Iraq this month as Sunni insurgents overtook key areas of the country, the United Nations said Tuesday.
The new findings from the U.N. human rights team in Iraq show the casualty rate from violence and terror already in June is among the highest since the U.S. troop pullout from the country 2-1/2 years ago.
The U.N. team reported at least 1,075 people killed this month across Iraq. That toll included 757 civilians in the Ninevah, Diyala and Salahuddin provinces in northern and central Iraq from June 5-22, as troops led by the Shiite-led government in Baghdad failed to stop the advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. It said another 599 civilians were injured.
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