Violence in Iraq is rampant, and is getting worse. Numbers vary (depending on the sources used) of the mostly civilian victims that fell in the recent spike of suicide bombings and other acts of violence, but all counts point to a similarly grim conclusion. The violence takes place within the context of a civil war in Syria and divisive political crisis that is separating the country around sectarian and ethnic lines.
Iraq experienced it’s deadliest day this year on August 10, the last day of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr, with at least 91 people killed and more than 300 wounded. Within the first 10 days of August, 230 people have been killed and 664 wounded. However, July has been the deadliest month for Iraq this year, with 875 killed and 1992 wounded according to AFP figures.
In this deadly context, few can claim innocence, and no one is immune. Using figures provided by AFP and information supplied by our Iraq correspondent, Jane Arraf, Al Jazeera looks into the intensifying violence in Iraq, the possible perpetrators, and reasons behind it.
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Research by Aaron Sekhri and Amira Asad.