BAGHDAD — The United Nations says 888 people were killed in violence in Iraq in November, up from 714 the previous month.
Iraqi security forces take combat position at the front-line with Islamic State group militants as Iraqi Army and allied Sunni volunteer tribal fighters supported by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes are tightened the siege of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. Iraq's military command has told civilians in the Islamic State-held Ramadi to leave the city, a sign that an operation may soon be underway to retake the provincial capital. (AP Photo/Osama Sami)
The U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq says in a statement Tuesday that 489 of those killed in November were civilians, including police. The other 399 were members of Iraqi security forces, including the Kurdish peshmerga, Interior Ministry SWAT forces and militias fighting alongside the Iraqi army.
The figures do not include casualties in Anbar province, which the U.N. says it could not obtain or verify. Much of the vast desert province, including the city of Fallujah and the provincial capital, Ramadi, is controlled by the Islamic State extremist group.
The U.N. says 1,237 civilians were wounded in November.
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