UN in Iraq worried about uptick in bodies found

December 1, 2013 • World News

FILE – In this file photo taken Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, mourners chant slogans against sectarianism while carrying the coffin of Sunni Sheik Adnan Majeed al-Ghanem during his funeral in Basra, Iraq’s second-largest city, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq. The monthly death toll in Iraq dropped by nearly a third to 659 last month, the U.N. said Sunday, but a recent spike in the number of bullet-riddled bodies found on the street has raised fears the country is facing a return to all-out warfare between Sunni and Shiite factions. The Arabic on the coffin reads, “Al-Shati. There is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is his messenger.” (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani, File)

BAGHDAD (AP) — The number of Iraqis slain “execution-style” surged last month, the U.N. said Sunday, raising fears of a return of the death squads that killed thousands during the darkest days of sectarian violence that followed the U.S.-led invasion.

The increase in targeted killings comes even though the U.N. reported that the overall death toll for November dropped to 659, compared with 979 in October. More than 8,000 people have been killed since the start of the year.

In an example of other dangers facing Iraqis, three bombs tore through the funeral procession of the son of an anti-al-Qaida Sunni tribal chief northeast of Baghdad, the deadliest in a wave of attacks that killed 17 people Sunday, Iraqi officials said.

“It seems that history is always repeating itself in Iraq,” said Qassim Haider, a Shiite owner of a menswear shop in eastern Login to read more

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