UNAMI claims that death tolls in anti-ISIS operations spiked this November, while IJOC says that spreading such inaccurate reports in fact helps ISIS
In a new monthly tally for November 2016, the UN's Iraqi mission's office (UNAMI) stated that 1959 Iraqi forces were killed this past November, with 450 wounded, saying that the number includes members of the army, police engaged in combat, the Kurdish Peshmerga, and the Popular Mobilization Forces.
UNAMI had also stated that overall 2885 people were killed in Iraq in November in terror operations and violence, and 1380 were injured, meaning that 978 civilians were killed and 961 wounded. The UN's top envoy in Iraq, Jan Kubis, said "The casualty figures are staggering, with civilians accounting for a significant number of the victims."
However, Iraqi Joint Operations Command (IJOC) stated that the UN's Iraq mission has given "an inaccurate and largely overstated number." The IJOC also called on all international organizations and media to be accurate in their reports, and collect information from official sources, saying that the spread of such news falls within ISIS's plans, as they tend to overstate their enemies' casualties to demoralize our side, and affect the Mosul liberation operations.
In related news, a spokesman for the Peshmerga ministry in the autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan said on Thursday that since the beginning of the Mosul operations, 1600 Pesghmerga fighters have been killed. This, while the US military said in a statement on Thursday that the total number of civilians killed by the US-Led coalition in Iraq has now reached 173 since the beginning of their operations in 2014.