UN says over 1,000 people killed in Iraq in July

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BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.N. mission in Iraq says more than 1,000 people have been killed in violence across the country last month, the highest monthly death toll in years.

The U.N. figures released Thursday underscore concerns that security is quickly deteriorating in Iraq amid a spike in violence in recent months.

The United Nations says it recorded 1,057 people killed in July, including members of Iraq's security forces. The capital, Baghdad, was the worst affected, with 238 killed. The U.N. figure was higher than the June death toll, which stood at 761.

The U.N. figure is different from a count by The Associated Press, which reported that at least 730 people were killed in July.

Reports of Iraq casualty tolls can vary considerably, with different accounts from local police and hospital officials.

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