4,312 Killed in Iraq During August

Updated at 1:20 a.m. EDT, on September 4, 2016

Antiwar. Com found that 4,312 people were killed and 1,136 were wounded during August. In comparison, July’s figures were 2,695 killed and 1,352 wounded. These figures are only estimates. Due to the nature of the conflict, precise numbers are unavailable, and the true numbers may never be known.

At least 678 civilians were killed and 493 more were wounded in attacks. The number of wounded is likely to be higher.

One British national was killed and another was wounded in a de-mining accident. At least 13 members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (P.K.K.) were killed in Turkish cross-border operations. Four Turks were killed and nine were wounded, when the P.K.K. launched a cross-border mortar attack from Iraqi territory. Iraq executed 47 people on terrorism charges on three separate dates.

Security forces lost 134 personnel, and another 141 were wounded, but these figures are undoubtedly too low. Accounts from a cemetery in Najaf suggest that Shi’ite militias alone could be losing about 100 members per day.

About 3,416 militants were killed, and another 115 were wounded. Those figures were mostly reported by the Iraqi government, which could be exaggerating the numbers or even counting civilians deaths as militant ones. However, large-scale operations in Khalidiya and Qayara must have left significant casualties.

The United Nations also revealed its figures, that were gathered by people working in Iraq. The organization found that 473 civilians were killed and 813 were wounded. It’s members also compiled 218 dead and 208 wounded among security personnel. Combining the highest numbers, 4,312 were killed and 1,136 were wounded in August.

In other news:

Human Rights Watch issued a warning that children in their mid-teens are being recruited by Sunni tribal militias to fight against the Islamic State.

Iraq used its new F-16 fighters to launch an airstrike against militants in the Qaim area.

The airbase at Qayara will apparently require about six months of repairs before it can be used in the upcoming operation against Mosul. It was heavily damaged by retreating militants.

At least 23 were killed and 15 were wounded:

Iraq executed seven militants in Nasariya.

Nine young men executed with chainsaws in Tal Afar.

Mortars killed two people and wounded nine more in Abu Ghraib.

Gunmen in Walwash killed the village leader and wounded his son.

A civilian was shot dead in Muqdadiya.

In Sadr City, a bomb on a bus wounded five. Two suicide bombers were killed.

In Baghdad, security forces killed a suicide bomber.

Security forces continue to kill scored of militants in the Khalidiya region.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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