It has been reported that Iraq continues to experience severe violence as the death toll reaches over 1000 in January alone. It is believed that most of these fatalities are civilians. Multiple territories of the Iraq nation have been in the crossfire of sectarian and political violence, resulting in terrorist suicide bombings and exploding car bombs.
The violence began again early January in the western province of Anbar, as Iraqi security teams combat Al-Qaeda affiliates and Sunni tribesmen, fighting for control of Falluja and Ramadi. According to Iraq’s Ministry of Displacement and Migration, the fighting in the cities has uprooted more than 140,000 people from their homes, making them homeless and unable to work their farms.
With January’s death toll amounting to 1000 fatalities already, the year is scheduled to surpass the 8,800 killed last year. According to the Health Interior, and Defense Ministries, the deaths are estimated to be roughly 800 civilians, with the rest being compiled of soldiers and policemen. The death toll in January marks their highest release date since April 2008, when 1073 people were killed. There is a growing fear of all out sectarian war as increases of violence has broken out in the nation.
The Ministry building in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, was stormed upon by six militant gunmen. The gunmen took several civil servants hostage while wearing explosive vests. The Iraqi police responded well in killing the six gunmen and freeing the hostages unharmed. Two police officers were killed, while seven were injured in the attack. Sources report that police shot and killed four of the militants while the other two militants successfully detonated their suicide vests. After the Ministry building attack, all roads were blocked encompassing the Iraqi capital, including those areas leading to the fortified Green Zone in Baghdad.
There was another two separate occasions of car-bomb explosions Thursday in different parts of the northeast sectors of Baghdad. The two car-bombs resulted in killing four people, and injuring 14 others. One of the car explosions was a market area police sources report. These violent car-bombings in the nation’s capitol have contributed to the Iraq death toll, as it reaches over 1000 in January.
The death toll can be expected to rise as the Iraqi army prepares to attack militant held Falluja. The province has been at a month-long standoff with Iraqi army forces, as the city lays in insurgent occupancy. The Anti-government occupants linked with Al-Qaeda overran the city over a month ago on January 1. It has been reported that Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki initially waited off the attack, hoping the militants would disperse themselves. The militants have been seen raising the black banner of the Islamic State of Iraq, after the Iraqi officials gave them a final chance to evacuate.
According to officials, any rebels who exited the city could do so with amnesty, and be apart of the nation’s reconciliation project. Sunni was at one point the dominant group in Iraq, large groups of Sunnis resent the Shi’ite-led reconciliation project, facilitated by a Shi’ite government established after the dreadful 2003 U.S.-led invasion. Iraq death toll already reaches over 1000 in January and there is no indication of it slowing down.
Editorial By Zane Foley