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UN: Iraq Violence Kills 1,100 in Feb.  03/01 11:32

   BAGHDAD (AP) -- The U.N. mission to Iraq said Sunday that violence claimed 
the lives of at least 1,100 Iraqis in February, including more than 600 
civilians.

   The U.N. Assistance Mission in Iraq said in a statement that 611 civilians 
were among 1,103 people killed last month, with the rest hailing from the 
security forces. It said at least 2,280 people were wounded, including 1,353 
civilians. January's death toll was at least 1,375.

   The most violent city was the capital, Baghdad, with 329 civilians killed 
and 875 wounded, it said.

   The U.N. numbers also offer minimal estimates for areas under the control of 
the Islamic State group, which holds a third of Iraq.

   U.N. envoy Nickolay Mladenov blamed the deaths on the extremist group, 
government forces and pro-government Shiite militias.

   "Daily terrorist attacks perpetrated by ISIL continue to deliberately target 
all Iraqis," Mladenov said in the statement, using an acronym for the Islamic 
State group. "There are also concerning reports of a number of revenge killings 
by armed groups in areas recently liberated from ISIL."

   He called on Iraq's fractured leaders to reconcile, saying "an exclusively 
military solution to the problem of ISIL is impossible."

   The statement came a day after series of attacks targeting public places and 
Shiite militia checkpoints in and around the capital killed at least 37 people. 
The deadliest, near the city of Samarra, saw two suicide car bombers attack 
checkpoints manned by Shiite militiamen, killing 16 Shite fighters and wounding 
31.

   Hours later, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the Samarra 
attacks in a statement posted on a Twitter account used by the militants.

   The Islamic State extremist group and other Sunni insurgents seized control 
of much of western and northern Iraq last year. According to UNAMI, last year 
was the deadliest in Iraq since the peak of the country's sectarian conflict in 
2006-2007, with a total of 12,282 people killed and 23,126 wounded.


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