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With at Least 460 Dead in April, Deadliest Month in Iraq Since 2009

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.


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