UN: More than 2,400 killed in Iraq in June
BAGHDAD, Iraq - The United Nations says more than 2,400 people were killed in Iraq in June, making it the deadliest month so far in the country this year.
The U.N. mission to Iraq said in a statement released Tuesday that at least 2,417 people were killed in the country in acts of terrorism and violence in June. The toll includes 1,531 civilians and 886 members of Iraq's security forces.
It said another 2,287 Iraqis were wounded.
The numbers were announced less than 24 hrs. after President Barack Obama announced plans to send about 200 more U.S. troops to Iraq to protect Americans and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.The announcement will bring to nearly 800 the total number of U.S. forces in and around Iraq to train local forces, secure the embassy and protect American interests.
Obama notified House and Senate leaders in a letter on Monday. Obama says the additions include security forces, rotary-wing aircraft, and support for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
Obama has ruled out sending combat troops back into Iraq. But he says the additional troops will be equipped for combat. He says their purpose is to protect U.S. citizens and property if needed.
Obama says the troops will stay in Iraq until security improves so that the reinforcements are no longer needed.
The U.N. said the toll does not take into account casualties in Anbar province, which is largely controlled by Sunni militants.