426 killed in Iraq as US ended combat mission

A total of 426 Iraqis were killed in August, according to government figures released on Wednesday as the American military officially ended its combat mission in the war-torn country.

The figures, released by the health, interior and defence ministries just ahead of a US change of command ceremony, showed that 295 civilians were among the 426 killed in August as the Americans were wrapping up their mission.

August’s victims also included 77 policemen and 54 soldiers killed in attacks across the country, where 98 insurgents were also killed.

July was the deadliest month in Iraq since May 2008 with a total of 535 people killed nationwide, according to government statistics that were later rejected by the US military which said its data showed 222 killed.

Three American soldiers died in August in separate hostile incidents, bringing to 4,416 the total number to have died in Iraq since the US-led invasion in 2003 that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein, according to website www.icasualties.org.