November 2009 - least bloody month in Iraq
November was the least bloody month in Iraq since the 2003 US-led occupation, official figures showed Tuesday. According to AFP, official data compiled by the ministries of defense, interior and health indicated that a total of 122 people died last month, comprising 88 civilians, 22 policemen and 12 troops.
The figures are markedly lower compared to October, when violence killed a total of 410 people across Iraq. "We are delighted with the decrease in the number of victims of terrorism but we will only be happy when we eliminate all threats," Ali Mussawi, an advisor to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, told AFP.
In addition to those who died in attacks in November, 332 civilians were hurt along with 56 policemen and 44 soldiers. The previous lowest monthly death toll was in May, when 155 people were killed, including 124 civilians.