Iraq's monthly death toll decreases in April

14:49, May 03, 2011      

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The monthly death toll among Iraqis from violence declined in April comparing with the previous month, the Iraqi authorities said on Monday.

Figures compiled by the Iraqi ministries of Interior, Defense and Health showed that 211 people have been killed by attacks during April across the country, including 120 civilians and 91 security members.

The total death toll of April is lower than of March when the authorities announced the death of total of 247 Iraqis.

Most of the victims fell in a spate of assassinations by insurgent groups and gangs against Iraqi security members and civilians. The groups' tactics include suicide bombings, gunfire by silenced weapons and sticky bombs attached to vehicles.

Last month, the U.S. military announced the death of 11 of its soldiers across the country, making it the deadliest month for U.S. forces in the country since November 2009.

Five of the U.S. soldiers' deaths were attributed to bombings and mortar or other attacks, while six were classified as non- combat related incidents.

The death toll of U.S. soldiers, who have been killed in Iraq since the war broke out in 2003, rose to about 4,452, according to media count based on Pentagon figures.

U.S. military forces are to pull out completely from Iraq by the end of 2011 according to the security pact named Status of Forces Agreement, or SOFA signed late in 2008 between Baghdad and Washington.

Violence in the country underscore the challenges that the Iraqi security forces are facing as they struggle to restore stability and normalcy in Iraqi cities about eight months before the departure of all American forces by the end of 2011.

Source: Xinhua
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