Attacks in Iraq kill nearly 950 in November alone, 90 percent of dead were civilians
Nearly 950 people were killed in attacks in Iraq during the month of November alone, according to Agence France-Presse Sunday.
Figures compiled and released by the country's ministries of health, interior and defense indicate that 948 people were killed in November. Out of the deceased, 852 were civilians, 53 were policemen, and 43 were soldiers. The majority of the deceased are civilians.
More than 6,000 have been killed in Iraq this year alone, representing the worst eruption of violence since the country's sectarian violence in 2008. The The increase in violence throughout the country is often considered, in part, as an overspill effect from the war in neighboring Syria.
The Associated Press reported last week that al-Qaeda has been exploiting Iraq's weak border security and political deadlock to strengthen its presence throughout the region. Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has appealed to the West for weapons and support to boost the country's borders and security capacity, and recently visited Washington to request greater intelligence sharing as well.