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UN: Targeted Killings On Rise In Iraq


Security forces inspect the site of a car bomb attack in a marketplace in Najaf, Iraq on November 28.

Security forces inspect the site of a car bomb attack in a marketplace in Najaf, Iraq on November 28.

The United Nations says the number of "execution-style" killings in Iraq rose dramatically last month.

Fresh data from the UN mission in Iraq says the rise in targeted killings in November comes even as the overall death toll for the month dropped to 659, compared with 979 in October.

The UN said Baghdad and surrounding areas saw the highest number killed last month, at 224, followed by the volatile northern Ninevah Province, with 107.

The overall civilian death toll in Iraq this year stands at more than 8,000.

The UN released the fresh data the same day three bombs tore through the funeral procession of the son of an anti-Al-Qaeda Sunni tribal chief northeast of Baghdad. It was the deadliest in a wave of attacks that killed 17 people on December 1.


Based on Reuters and AP reporting
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