Violence resulting from the U.S. occupation of Iraq continues to plague the Middle Eastern nation, with May marking the deadliest month in five years.
The United Nations mission to Iraq said Saturday that more than 1,045 people including security personnel were killed across the country last month.
New casualty figures broke the April’s record which was one of deadliest months in years. U.N. envoy Martin Kobler called the figures “a sad record.”
Casualties of the U.S.-led war in Iraq have always been a subject of debate. The American mainstream media report smaller casualty tallies than the UN.
Antiwar.com’s daily round-ups from Margaret Griffis tracked Iraq death counts, and reported 1,077 dead in May, and 2,258 others wounded.
Ten years on from the invasion, Iraq remains the most divisive war in recent history and the greatest intelligence failure in living memory.
Several investigations have found out that former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction (WMD) which was the United States’ primary rationale for invading the country.
Much of the key intelligence that was used to justify the war was based on fabrication and as subsequent investigations showed, it was wrong.
The war in Iraq has left more than one million Iraqis dead since the U.S.-led invasion of the country in 2003, according to data compiled by London-based Opinion Research Business (ORB) and its research partner in Iraq, the Independent Institute for Administration and Civil Society Studies (IIACSS).
A fifth of Iraqi households lost at least one family member between March 2003 and August 2007, the study said.
Meanwhile, official government statistics revealed that there were more than five million Iraqi orphans in that year.
According to a poll conducted by ABC News/Washington, about six in 10 Americans say the Iraq war was not worth fighting.
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