Iraq violence killed 900 in November

Iraq has seen a surge in violence in the past months raising concern over the rise of militancy. (File photo: Reuters)

Attacks in Iraq in the month of November killed nearly 950 people, the majority of them civilians, in a recent surge in violence, new data showed on Sunday.

According to figures compiled by the Iraqi Ministries of Health, Interior and Defense, 948 people were killed, among them 852 civilians, 53 policemen and 43 soldiers in November, Agence France-Presse reported.

In the most recent attack, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a funeral in a northern Iraq town on Sunday, killing at least 10 people and wounding 25, according to Reuters.

The funeral had been for Mudher al-Shallal al-Araki, who was killed in a roadside bombing near his family’s home in the city of Baquba, north of Baghdad, the previous evening.

The frequency of attack’s has raised fears that the country is witnessing a return to the deadly sectarian violence of 2006 to 2008.

Last Friday, more than 50 people were killed in mass executions across the country in and around Baghdad and mostly Sunni Arab parts of the country, including in Diyala, Nineveh, and Salaheddin provinces, as well as in the city of Kirkuk, AFP reported.

More than 6,000 people have been killed this year, forcing Baghdad to appeal for international help in battling the rise of militants especially from al-Qaeda.

During Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s recent trip to Washington, he tried to push for greater intelligence sharing and the timely delivery of new weapons systems in a bid to combat militancy.

France on Monday offered weapons, training and intelligence cooperation to help Iraq combat the violence, AFP reported.
Officials have voiced concern over the rise of militancy in the country especially with the resurgence of al-Qaeda encouraged by the civil war in Syria.

(With AFP and Reuters)

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:42 - GMT 06:42