Nearly 19,000 civilians killed in under two years in Iraq

Published: Tuesday 19th January 2016 by The News Editor

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A new report has unveiled a “staggering” civilian death toll in Iraq, with nearly 19,000 people killed in less than two years.

At least 18,802 civilians were killed and another 36,245 wounded between January 1 2014 and October 31 2015, according to the UN report.

The report details killings by the Islamic State group including by shooting and beheading, as well as by being burned alive or thrown off buildings.

The report also stated that the Islamic State group is believed to be holding approximately 3,500 people, predominantly women and children from the country’s Yazidi minority, captive as slaves.

IS swept across northern and western Iraq in the summer of 2014 plunging the country into its worst political and security crisis since the withdrawal of US troops in 2011.

Published: Tuesday 19th January 2016 by The News Editor

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