Iraq: Second deadliest month in 2013
Iraq funerals commonly under attack as violence escalates in region. [nytimes]
While July is still the month with the highest death toll at 1,057, September was not far behind with deaths numbering nearly 1,000. With Baghdad being the most affected area, the death toll is continuously rising, specifically in Shia districts.
As BBC reported, most of the violence has been blamed on Sunni Islamist militants connected to al-Qaeda in Iraq. A recent statement posted online by ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, claims the bombings at the mostly Shia districts were paybacks for a “campaign of torture, displacement, detainment and liquidation” of the Sunni minority.
Reports say the rise in violence recently is due to an Army raid on a camp near Hawija that claims to be a Sunni Arab Anti-government camp. The protesters were allegedly demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nouri Maliki while denouncing authorities for targeting the Sunni community.
Violence in Syria also has an effect on the state of Iraq where jihadist rebels connected to al-Qaeda are seeking to find a more prominent position.
In what is being called “Revenge for the Martyrs”, hundreds of al-Qaeda members have been arrested by Iraqi security forces in the Baghdad area.
But, violence is still rising as the Sunni community continues to be angered over the attacks.