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Violence in Iraq Hits Historic Levels
As of 2009, the violence in Iraq had reached its lowest point since 2003, and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki claimed that the country was peaceful and democratic. The violence has returned in a major way to the country as 2013 has become the deadliest year in Iraq since 2008 as an estimated 7,900-8,700 people have been killed. The data comes from the U.K-based website IraqBodyCount.org. The death toll is blamed on execution-style killings and suicide bombings.
According to Al Jazeera, some 92 people were killed on Monday of this week with 161 wounded in attacks across the country. The attacks have yet to be claimed by anyone, but they target security forces and civilians.
The first round of attacks occurred in Beiji, which is north of Baghdad. The suicide bomber in this attack drove his vehicle, filled with explosives, through the front gate of the town’s police station. Once this occurred, three bombers ran into the police station and blew themselves up, killing eight officers and wounding five more.
According to Reuters, two cars filled with bombs exploded near a funeral in Yusfiya, killing 24 Shia Muslim pilgrims. This town is located 12 miles south of Baghdad. Then, various car and roadside bombs exploded in Shia neighborhoods of Baghdad, killing 27 people.
The council building in Tikrit was attacked by three suicide bombers, killing three people using car bombs. The violence in the country has spiked due to a crackdown that began in April on a protest camp in a Northern Sunni province.
Outside of the bombings on Monday, an execution took place in Mosul by militants who captured a bus carrying Shia pilgrims. The bus was headed to Karbala when it was captured and 12 of the people on board were shot and killed.
The Associated Press estimates that some 262 people have been killed in the month of December in attacks across Iraq.Violence in Iraq Hits Historic Levels by Jim Vassallo