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Iraq violence killed 15,000 in 2014, worst in seven years: govt

Iraqis inspect the scene of a car bomb attack in the Sadr City district of Baghdad on December 5, 2014Violence in Iraq killed more than 15,000 civilians and security personnel in 2014, government figures showed Thursday, making it one of the deadliest years since the 2003 US-led invasion. The UN put the number of civilians killed in Iraq during 2014 at 12,282. Iraq Body Count, a Britain-based NGO that tracks violence in Iraq, gave an even higher toll, saying that 17,073 civilians were killed, which would make it the third deadliest year since 2003. “For Iraqis, it has been the most difficult and painful of years because of the attack of the (Islamic State group) terrorist gangs,” Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a New Year’s speech, referring to jihadists responsible for much of the bloodshed.

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