63 Killed Across Iraq, Mostly in Anbar Province

The Iraqi government reported that 1,013 people, including 795 civilians, were killed during January. Another 198 militants were also killed, while 2,024 civilians and security members were wounded. Agence France Presse reported a lower figure of 992 deaths, even though they use official numbers.

The numbers in this column are compiled from various media sources, which use not only government figures but also those obtained independently or anonymously. Antiwar.com tallied 1,284 dead and 2,088 wounded. The number of insurgents, bombers and gunmen who were killed was at least 556 dead.

The violence in Anbar has added to the uncertainly in these figures. Scores of insurgents have been reported killed, as well as civilians. Despite the takeover of two major cities by insurgents, the government is reporting only 12 more deaths than they did last month. Antiwar reported 1,180 deaths for December. That figure does include gunmen and bombers, but they were a small percentage of that figure. Unfortunately, the full extent of the damage in Anbar is not measurable in areas where the insurgents have complete control, and it could be much worse than reported.

In today’s violence, at least 63 people were killed and three more were wounded.

The government also said that 40 militants were killed in two operations in Amiriyat al-Falluja and al-Salam.

A suicide car bomber struck a checkpoint on a bridge in Hit, killing five soldiers and wounding three others, while also sending the bridge into the Euphrates River.

The number of casualties following a clash in Ramadi was not reported.

Elsewhere:

Nine insurgents were killed during an operation in the Hamrim area.

In Mosul, three insurgents were killed during a security operation. Gunmen killed a soldier.

Three dumped bodies were found in a river near Baquba.

Gunmen killed a woman in Badush.

Gunmen terrorized families in the village of Badra, forcing them to flee, but no casualties were reported.

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Author: Margaret Griffis

Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has been covering Iraqi casualties for Antiwar.com since 2006.