Iraqi Shiite Turkmen fighters with weapons take their positions during a patrol at Tuz Khurmato in Salahuddin province June 30, 2014. (REUTERS/Stringer)
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Violence has claimed the lives of 2,417 Iraqis in June, making it the deadliest month so far this year, the United Nations said Tuesday, underlining the daunting challenge the government faces as it struggles to confront Islamist extremists who have seized large swaths of territory in the north and west.The figures issued by the U.N. mission to Iraq put last month's civilian death toll at 1,531, with 886 security forces killed. UNAMI added that 2,287 Iraqis, including 1,763 civilians, were wounded. The second deadliest month this year was May, with 799 Iraqis killed, including 603 civilians.The U.N. reported that last July at least 1,057 Iraqis were killed and another 2,326 were wounded.
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