Officials: Death toll in March the lowest in Iraq since U.S. invasion

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  • 78 civilians were killed in March, along with 12 soldiers and 22 police officers
  • Until now, the lowest monthly death toll was in November 2009
  • Figures have fluctuated in Iraq month to month

Violence in Iraq killed 112 people in March, the lowest monthly death toll since the U.S-led invasion in 2003, officials said Monday.

According to interior ministry figures, 78 civilians were killed in March, along with 12 Iraqi soldiers and 22 police officers.

Until now, the lowest monthly death toll was in November 2009. That month, the country recorded 122 deaths.

Figures have fluctuated in Iraq month to month, with lulls in violence followed immediately by an uptick.

In March, Iraq hosted an Arab League summit, a gathering that signaled the political emergence of post-war democratic Iraq.

Security forces blanketed the capital in unprecedented security, and the gathering was a test of Iraq's ability to provide critical organization and security in the country where deadly violence remains a weekly norm.