At least 1,959 members of the Iraqi security forces were killed across the country in November, the UN says. It is almost three times the figure for October, when the government launched a major offensive to retake the city of Mosul from so-called Islamic State.
The number of civilians killed in November was 926, while 930 others were injured. The UN special representative for Iraq, Jan Kubis, said the casualty figures were “staggering”.
“In its desperate attempt to cling on to territory it controls in Mosul and Nineveh areas, [IS] has been employing the most vicious tactics, using civilians’ homes as firing positions as well as abducting and forcibly moving civilians, effectively using them as human shields,” he added.
Mr Kubis noted that the Iraqi security forces had declared that they were making utmost efforts during the six-week-old Mosul offensive to avoid putting civilians in harm’s way, often taking additional casualties as a result.(BBC,2016)