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July marks bloodiest month in Iraq in 2 years
By REUTERS
08/01/2012
BAGHDAD - Militants killed 325 Iraqis in July making it the bloodiest month in two years, Health Ministry figures showed, as the country battles insurgents after the US withdrawal.

The figures showed 241 civilians, 44 soldiers and 40 policemen were killed last month and almost 700 people were injured.

The worst day of violence was on July 23 when more than 100 people were killed in bomb and gun attacks across Iraq. The coordinated violence against mostly Shi'ite Muslim targets was claimed by al-Qaida's affiliate in Iraq.

Sunni insurgents often attack Shi'ite targets to try to reignite sectarian violence that killed tens of thousands of people in 2006-2007, pushing Iraq to the brink of civil war.

The insurgents have launched at least one major assault a month since US troops withdrew in December, leaving behind a country riven with political and sectarian feuding.
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