Violence in Iraq killed at least 1,375 people during January, said the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq. Of the death toll, 790 were civilians, and 1,469 civilians and 771 security forces were injured. Iraq's 2014 death toll of 12,282 was the highest since 2006-07, the UN said.
At least 12,282 civilians were killed in Iraq in 2014, with most of the deaths occurring after June, said the United Nations on Thursday. 2014 was the deadliest period since the sectarian violence of 2006-07. "Yet again, the Iraqi ordinary citizen continues to suffer from violence and terrorism. ... This is a very sad state of affairs," said Nickolay Mladenov, head of the UN political mission in Iraq.
The documented death toll through April from the Syrian civil war is at least 191,369 people, more than double the number reported a year ago, says Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Pillay noted that the conflict has "dropped off the international radar."
The United Nations says that more than 7,800 civilians were killed in Iraq during 2013, the most since 2008, according to the United Nations. Separately, Iraqi troops are being joined by local tribesmen to try to oust militants from western Iraq.