Updated at 8:55 p.m. EDT, Oct 1. 2016
At least 2,824 people were killed and 1,208 were wounded in Iraq during September. These numbers are considerably lower than in August when 4,312 people were killed and 1,136 were wounded.
During September, Antiwar.com found 438 civilians, 114 security personnel, 34 Kurdistan Workers Party (P.K.K.) guerrillas, and 1,795 militants were killed. Another 600 civilians, 122 security personnel, one P.K.K. member, and 49 militants were injured. The P.K.K. casualties were due to unauthorized Turkish airstrikes in northern Iraq.
The United Nations released its monthly figures on Saturday. U.N. employees tallied 609 civilian deaths, with 951 more injured. They also found 394 security personnel were killed and 208 more were injured.
Combining the highest figures, we count 2,824 dead and 1,208 wounded. These figures are estimates. Due to the nature of the conflict, exacty figures are impossible. The Iraqi government frequently underreports security casualties. At the same time, it may be exaggerating militant casualties. Or, classifying civilian and security casualties as “militant.” Independent confirmation of many casualties, particularly those behind enemy lines, is impossible.
In today’s news:
Eight French fighter jets took off from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in the Mediterranean and flew a mission over Iraq on Friday. The nature of the mission was not revealed, but it is presumably related to the upcoming assault on Mosul.
At least 50 people were killed and 18 more were wounded in recent violence:
In Sadr City, three people were killed and eight were wounded when two bombs exploded at a market.
Twenty militants were killed in a strike on Ana.
Another twenty were killed in a strike on Albu Diab.
In Hit, an airstrike left six militants dead.