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Hundreds of civilians killed in Iraqi violence last month

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • The month's toll includes 295 civilians killed and 508 wounded
  • In July, the number of people killed was the highest figure since May 2008

Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) -- Violence killed hundreds of Iraqi civilians in August, authorities said Wednesday, a day after President Barack Obama marked the end of the U.S. combat mission in the country.

The month's toll included 295 civilians killed and 508 wounded, the Ministry of Interior said. Fifty-four Iraqi soldiers were killed and 150 more wounded in the same month.

In July, the number of people killed in the nation's violence was the highest since May 2008. The total did not include the terrorists killed in both months.

Obama on Tuesday officially ended the U.S. combat role in the nation, saying "It is time to turn the page."

He said while the U.S. will support Iraqi officials, it will refocus its energies on its economy and the war in Afghanistan.