Report: Iraq 'Remains in a State of Low-Level War'

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Report: Iraq 'Remains in a State of Low-Level War'

Latest analysis from Iraq Body Count shows over 4,400 civilians killed by violence in 2012

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Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Residents gather at the site of a bomb attack in al-Mouafaqiyah, a village near Mosul, 240 miles north of Baghdad, December 17, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)

A new analysis shows that Iraq "remains in a state of low-level war" with over 4,000 Iraqi civilians dying in 2012 as a result of violence.

The new report from Iraq Body Count, which maintains a database of violent civilian deaths during and since the 2003 US-led invasion, documents 4,471 civilian deaths from violence last year, an increase from 4,136 in 2011.

In addition to the deaths, 2012 bombings alone accounted for 7,422 wounded civilians.



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The number of civilian deaths since March 2003 now stands at between 110,937 and 121,227, the group reports.

IBC adds:

In sum the latest evidence suggests that the country remains in a state of low-level war little changed since early 2009, with a “background” level of everyday armed violence punctuated by occasional larger-scale attacks designed to kill many people at once.

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