Iraq death toll reaches 18,802 in less than 2 years

The death toll in Iraq has reached 18,802 civilians killed and another 36,245 wounded in the time lapse of under two years that the Iraqi forces have been battling against the Islamic State group known as ISIS, according to a U.N. report that was released Tuesday.

Over 800 to 900 children have been abducted from Iraq's second largest city, Mosul for religious and military training purposes by the Islamic State. The report claimed that a large number of ISIS children soldiers have been killed by the extremists when the children attempt to flee from the concentration.

ISIS conscription of some 3,500 people into slavery, mainly women and children from the Yazidi religious minority that was captured in the summer of 2014, and forced into slavery and sexually abused, was also said in the report.

"Even the obscene casualty figures fail to accurately reflect exactly how terribly civilians are suffering in Iraq," said U.N. human rights chief Zeid Raad al-Hussein.

ISIS has been across northern and western Iraq since the summer of 2014 and has been in control of much territory in Iraq and neighboring country Syria, with a harsh-violent interpretation of extreme Islamic law.

More than one million migrants fleeing war and violence in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria reached Europe in 2015.

   

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