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Civilian Casualties

Latest Figures


According to information collected by UNAMI, a minimum of 852 civilians were killed (including 158 civilian police) a further 1793 were injured (including 218 civilian police) in ongoing armed violence in Iraq during October 2013.

In September 2013, 887 civilians were killed and 1957 were injured.
In August 2013, 716 civilians were killed and 1936 were injured.


In July 2013, 928 civilians were killed and 2109 were injured.


In June 2013685 civilians were killed and 1610 were injured.


In May 2013, 963 civilians were killed and 2191 were injured.


In April 2013, 595 civilians were killed and 1481 were injured.


In March 2013, 229 civilians were killed and 853 were injured.


In February 2013418 civilians were killed and 704 were injured.


In January 2013319 civilians were killed and 960 were injured.


In December 2012230 civilians were killed and 655 were injured.


In November 2012, 445 civilians were killed and 1306 were injured.


Please note that all figures remain estimates until full investigation and analysis has been carried out.



Note on methodology


In analyzing civilian casualties, UNAMI utilizes as wide a range of sources and types of information as possible, which are analyzed for reliability and credibility. Attempts are made to crosscheck and verify such information from other sources before conclusions are drawn and published. Sources include, for example, testimony of victims, victims’ relatives, witnesses, and evidence provided from health personnel, community elders, religious and civil leaders, local, governorate and central Government departments and officials, UN and other International Organizations, the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) and UNAMI Security Section (SSI), media reports, members of the international community, civil society, and NGOs. Where security does not permit direct access to the location of an incident, UNAMI relies on a range of techniques to gain information through reliable networks.


Every effort is made to ensure that data contained in UNAMI reports is as comprehensive as possible; however, the data presented is not exhaustive. Where UNAMI is not satisfied with the evidence concerning a particular incident it will not be reported. In some instances, investigations may take several weeks before conclusions can be made. This also means that conclusions concerning particular incidents or alleged violations may be adjusted as more information comes to hand and is analyzed. However, if information is equivocal, then conclusions will not be drawn until more satisfactory evidence is obtained, or the case will be closed without conclusion and it will not be included in statistical reporting or analysis. As information is updated, and conclusions and statistics are modified, this can result in slight differences in reporting of the same incident or variations in statistics reported by UNAMI over time.


In some incidents where civilian casualties are alleged, the status of the reported victim(s) as civilian is disputed or is equivocal.  In such cases UNAMI is guided by all the information to hand, as well as the applicable standards of international humanitarian and human rights law in determining whether the victim should be classified as a civilian, as a person actively participating in hostilities, or as status unknown.


In light of the above-noted limitations in methodology, UNAMI does not claim that the information it provides is complete, and it may well be that UNAMI is under-reporting the extent, nature or seriousness of the effect of armed violence and acts of terrorism on the civilian population.