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Still dying in Iraq

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On Dec. 31, 2012, 15 separate bombing and shooting attacks struck 13 different cities and towns across Iraq. It was a bloody day at the end of a bloody year. According to U.K.-based, in 2012 more than 4,500 civilians died as a result of violence — caused by mainly radical Sunni insurgent groups against the government of Iraq and open warfare between various factions. The number killed was just over 4,000 in 2011, the year the United States left Iraq. There has also been a worrying increase in the number of bomb attacks. In 2012, catalogued 947 bombings which killed 2,779, slightly up from 2,746 deaths from bombs in 2011. In its report on 2012, states “… the latest evidence suggests that the country remains in a state of low-level war little changed since early 2009, with a ‘background’ level of everyday armed violence punctuated by occasional larger-scale attacks designed to kill many people at once.” At its violent peak, a total of 29,026 civilians died in 2006.

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