UN: 1 420 people killed in Iraq in August alone

BY TAI CHISHAKWE - SEPTEMBER 1, 2014

1 420 people were killed in August alone as Iraqi forces fought to regain areas overrun by jihadist-led militants from the Islamic State (IS), the United Nations said on Monday.

The UN Iraq mission said in a statement that at least 1 370 people were wounded during the same period.

It said the figures did not include Anbar province, west of Baghdad, and that there were difficulties in verifying incidents in areas where there was fighting or which were outside government control.

Islamic Sate militants overran large parts of five provinces in June after they were abandoned by the Iraq security forces.

After a period of largely static battle lines, the militants launched a renewed offensive in the north in early August, driving Kurdish forces back towards their regional capital, displacing hundreds of thousands of people and prompting Washington to launch air strikes to protect its assets.

Kurdish fighters with US air support have managed to claw back some of the lost ground in the north, and there has also been heavy fighting northeast of Baghdad.

Militants have also carried out a spate of bombings that have caused heavy casualties.

Photo caption: Early this year, Islamic Sate militants overran large parts of five provinces in June after they were abandoned by the Iraq security forces. Photo courtesy of ibtimes.