Iraq experiencing incredibly 80% drop in violence for the first time in many years
As per the recent report of the United Nations, violence in Iraq is declining at a rapid rate. Additionally, the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, which started in mid-May, has not witnessed any major violent incidents, which is for the first for the country in recent years.
The data, which was released by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Iraq Body Count database earlier this week, says that civilian deaths have fallen by a staggering 80% since the same 5-month period from last year.
The amount of wounded civilians have even fallen by 68.4%. The amount of civilian deaths related to political or religious violence has decreased by 76.4%. In May, the country even managed to hold parliamentary elections without any major reported security threats.
While national violence has steadily been declining since it hit a peak in 2014, this is the lowest amount of civilian deaths that the country has witnessed since 2003. The sudden drop in violence is credited to Iraq’s declared victory over IS forces in December.