2014 deadliest year in Iraq for civilians since 2006-7 bloodshed: U.N.

January 2, 2015 11:24 AM

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2014 deadliest year in Iraq for civilians since 2006-7 bloodshed: U.N.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Violence in Iraq in 2014 killed at least 12,282 civilians, making it the deadliest year since the sectarian bloodshed of 2006-07, the United Nations said in a statement.

The majority of the deaths - nearly 8,500 - occurred during the second half of the year following the expansion of the Sunni Muslim Islamic State insurgency in June out of Anbar province leading to widespread clashes with security forces.

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