With at Least 460 Dead in April, Deadliest Month in Iraq Since 2009Submitted by go213mph on Thu, 05/02/2013 - 17:43
At least 460 people died in sectarian and political violence in Iraq during the month of April, Agence France-Presse reports on Wednesday, documenting yet another surge in violence in a country still reeling from years of war and conflict brought on by the U.S. led invasion a decade ago.
The AFP figures were released on May 1, a day on which another 15 people were killed in a series of bomb blasts across Iraq, police and medics said—showing the upsurge in violence was sadly undeterred by the start of a new month.
The majority of April deaths occurred after April 23, “when security forces moved on Sunni anti-government protesters near the northern Sunni Arab town of Hawijah, sparking clashes that killed 53 people,” AFP reports. A massive Sunni protest movement has been growing since late last year in opposition to Shi’ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who protesters say has been suppressing Sunni rights in favor of the country’s Shi’ite majority.