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According to the latest US Department of State's Country Reports on Terrorism 2012, Iraq was among the three countries along with Pakistan and Afghanistan where 55% of all terrorist attacks, 62% of the fatalities and 65% of the injuries took place in recent years.
On June 6, the killing of at least 14 border guards and civilians by gunmen who had set up fake checkpoint in the town of Al-Nukhaib, some 300 km southwest of Ramadi, showed the seriousness of Iraq's growing insecurity. On June 10, other terrorist bomb attacks struck Mosul and several other cities, killing 70 and injuring 250.
And May 2013 was counted as one of the deadliest months on record, said the UN Assistance Missioner for Iraq (UNAMI). A total of 1,045 Iraqis were killed and another 2,397 wounded in acts of terrorism and acts of violence; 4 out of 5 were civilians. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his concern about the situation, denouncing sectarian violence as the main responsible for the "appaling upsurge of violence" and stressing need for dialogue and reconciliation.
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