Civilians inspect the aftermath of a car bomb attack near a restaurant in the Shiite district of al-Amin in eastern Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
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At least 17 Iraqi soldiers were killed in a fierce battle against jihadists south of Baghdad Friday while bombs in and around the capital left another 16 people dead.Another 17 people, including some ISIS fighters, were killed in a government air raid on Jurf al-Sakhr Monday.Figures compiled by the health, interior and defence ministries showed that 1,401 civilians, 185 soldiers and 83 policemen were killed in July.The United Nations representation in Iraq provided a higher figure, saying at least 1,737 people were killed.The government's civilian tally includes an unknown number of volunteers who enlisted with government-backed Shiite militia.
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