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Violence in Iraq at Lowest Level in 10 years

Chicago Daily Observer 4 June 2018 One Comment

From 1001 Iraqi Thoughts

It is hard not to receive the latest United Nations casualty figures for the month of May (at least 95 killed and 163 wounded) in a very favourable light. This outlook makes more sense when those numbers are compared to UN figures from May 2017 (354 killed, 470 wounded) and May 2016 (867 killed, 1,459 wounded). Iraq is currently experiencing its lowest levels of violence for nearly a decade, with security and intelligence forces working tirelessly to maintain this new status quo.


Low levels of violence over the last few weeks should still be viewed as a major victory as Iraq witnessed its fifth election and the start of the holy month of Ramadhan, two events that have usually meant a certain degree of bloodshed. Salafist terror groups such as Da’ish and Al-Qaeda have historically ushered in the holy month with campaigns of violence and carnage against their enemies. Their inability to disrupt the elections in Iraq was a major sign of just how crippled the terror organization is.

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