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Iraq’s annual death toll highest in five years

The BBC reports:

The United Nations says at least 7,818 civilians and 1,050 members of the security forces were killed in violent attacks across Iraq in 2013.

December alone saw at least 759 people killed, 661 of them civilians.

The annual toll is the highest in five years, but still significantly below those recoded at the height of the sectarian conflict in 2006 and 2007.

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