6,947. 12/31/2006

“[I]t was systematic sectarian cleansing that drove the killing to its most frenzied point, making December 2006 the worst month of the war [in Iraq], according to the reports, with about 3,800 civilians killed, roughly equal to the past seven years of murders in New York City. A total of about 1,300 police officers, insurgents and coalition soldiers were also killed in that month.” [The 31st of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Sabrina Tavernise and Andrew W. Lehren, “Iraq War Logs Show Grim Portrait of Civilian Deaths–Iraq War Logs – WikiLeaks Documents,” The New York Times, Oct. 22, 2010

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