Iraq Death Toll Spikes for Troops, Civilians

Jul 1, 2011
Allan MacDonell is TakePart’s News + Opinion editor, with a focus on social justice.

June was the deadliest month for Iraqi civilians since September, with 271 dying from violence that the government blames on Al-Qaeda. And American officials reported that June was the worst month for U.S. troop fatalities in three years; the 14 military deaths were blamed on Iranian-backed Shiite insurgent groups.

A man reacts during a funeral of a victim from a bomb attack in al-Shurta al-Rabaa district in Baghdad, June 24, 2011. (Photo: Saad Shalash/Reuters)

According to Raw Story:

Data compiled by [Iraq's] health, interior and defense ministries showed that 155 civilians, 77 policemen and 39 soldiers died in attacks last month, 34 percent more than the 177 killed in May.

Last month's toll was the highest monthly figure for the number of Iraqis killed since September 2010, when 273 died. The previous high for this year was January, when 259 were killed.

A further 454 people were wounded in June, including 192 civilians, 77 policemen and 39 soldiers.

The majority were killed or wounded by car bombs, improvised explosives or shootings, with a large number of senior officials also assassinated with silencer guns.

Rocket attacks on bases and roadside bombs claimed the majority of the lost U.S. troops.

The American military in Iraq formally ended combat operations last September.

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