Iraq says July deadliest month in nearly two years
BAGHDAD (AFP) - July was the deadliest month in Iraq in almost two years, with 325 people killed in attacks, and included the deadliest day here since December 2009, official figures released on Wednesday showed.
Experts pointed to both internal Iraqi political crises and instability in neighbouring Syria, where President Bashar al-Assad's forces are fighting an uprising against his rule, as potential causes of the spike in violence.
The statistics compiled by the health, interior and defence ministries showed that 325 people - 241 civilians, 40 police and 44 soldiers - were killed nationwide during July.
Another 697 people - 480 civilians, 122 police and 95 soldiers - were wounded. It was the highest monthly toll given by the government since August 2010, when figures showed 426 people killed and 838 wounded in attacks.