Iraq Executes 23 Prisoners; UN Releases Higher Casualty Toll for September

The United Nations released their September casualty figures for Iraq. According to their numbers, at least 979 Iraqis were killed and 2,133 more were wounded. While the death toll was up from August, this number is slightly below July’s 1,057 figure.

Using numbers from various sources, compiled a total of 1,271 deaths, up slightly from last month and down from July. In September 2012, counted 444 dead and 1,233 wounded. This difference dramatically underscores how much attacks have increased this year.

Figures across the various media are often conflicting, depending on their sources. Iraqi officials have long been quick to maintain an appearance that fewer casualties are occurring. The general trend toward heavier violence, however, is visible regardless of the methodology.

At least 13 Iraqis were killed today, while another 24 were wounded. Also, the Iraqi government reported that 23 people were executed during the last week. Three of them were convicted on criminal charges, but the rest were accused of terrorism offences.

Three suicide bombers in Tikrit killed three policemen and wounded eight more.

A bomb killed two Sahwa members and wounded three more in Tarmiya.

Two policemen were killed and another was wounded in a small arms attack in Dour.

In Baghdad, gunmen on motorcycles killed one person and wounded six more.

In Mosul, a former army officer was assassinated. Gunmen killed a traffic policeman.

In Falluja, a married couple were wounded in a sticky bomb blast. Gunmen set fire to a policeman’s home before a gun battle broke out. No casualties were reported, as the family was apparently able to safely escape.

A roadside bomb in Garma wounded two policemen.

A sticky bomb wounded a policeman in Ramadi.

Gunmen wounded a civilian when they blew up two Shabak homes in Bartilla.

In Gatoun, gunmen forced 30 families belonging to the Shummar tribe to leave their homes. They relocated to Kanaan.

Clashes broke out in Rawa, but the number of casualties is unknown.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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