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    Iraqi Casualties Figures Almost Double in March - UN

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    The total number of casualties from an armed conflict and acts of terrorism in Iraq has almost doubled between February and March to over 1,000, the United Nations Assistance Mission (UNAMI) for Iraq said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The casualty count from terrorism, violence and an armed conflict among Iraqis increased from 670 in February to 1,119 in March, the mission said on Friday.

    "I am extremely disturbed at the continuing loss of life and injury as a result of terrorism, violence and armed conflict. It is totally unacceptable that civilians should bear the brunt of violence," Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq Jan Kubis said, as quoted by the report.

    The number of civilian casualties, including police and civil defense personnel, increased by 165 and amounted to 575, according to the report.

    Security forces casualties include the Kurdish Peshmerga forces but exclude casualties incurred in the ongoing operation against Daesh in the northern Anbar province. Deaths among security personnel have caused most of the casualty increase, rising from 260 in February to 544 in March, UNAMI figures showed.

    The total number of injuries was up from 1,290 in February to 1,561 in March, with civilian figures showing a lower increase from 1,050 to 1,196, UN mission figures showed.

    The Baghdad governorate has been worst hit by the violence, accounting for 259 deaths and 770 injuries, while the northern Ninewa governorate, which is partially overrun by Daesh, accounted for 133 deaths and 89 injuries, according to UNAMI.

    Daesh is a terrorist group outlawed in the United States, Russia and numerous other countries. The group has seized large areas in Syria and Iraq and declared a caliphate on the territories under its control. The Iraqi army and security forces have been carrying out an anti-Daesh campaign in Anbar since early 2015. In December 2015, the Iraqi army regained control over Anbar's capital Ramadi.

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