Violence in Iraq in September has left at least 1,220- people dead, according to the Iraq Body Count, a website that compiles the number of fatalities in Iraq from various sources. Baghdad was the worst affected province, with 887 civilians dead. 92 members of the Iraqi Security Forces were killed nationwide.
“Political, religious and civil leaders as well as the security services must work together to end the bloodshed and ensure that all Iraqi civilians feel equally protected,” The UN envoy to Iraq, Nicolay Mladenov, said in a statement.
Most of the violence has been blamed on Sunni Islamist militants who are linked to al-Qaeda in Iraq.
There has also been a spill over in violence from the conflict in neighboring Syria, where jihadist rebels linked to the Islamic State of Iraq are battling the regime of Bashar al Assad.
Throughout August and September, the Iraqi security forces have reportedly arrested hundreds of al-Qaida members in a campaign that the Iraqi government has called “Revenge for the Martyrs”.
But the operations, which have targeted Sunni districts, have angered the Sunni community still further and have done nothing to halt the violence.