Security improves in Iraq but problems still remain: UN

March 16th, 2008 - 8:13 am ICT by admin  

New York, March 16 (DPA) The security situation in Iraq remains tense despite a drop in violence over the last few months, the UN mission to the country has reported. Though attacks fell overall in the second half of 2007, especially in the capital region, violence increased in other areas, and it remained unclear whether the reductions were long-term, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said in a report Saturday.

“The extent to which the decrease in violence was sustainable remained unclear, with the security situation still precarious in many parts of the country,” the UNAMIS report said.

“As security improved in parts of Baghdad and other locations, it deteriorated elsewhere with heightened activity by insurgent groups and others in governorates such as Mosul and Diyala,” the report said.

The UN attributed the decrease in violence to the so-called surge in US troops, primarily to Baghdad, which began in the spring. But it warned that civilians were still being deliberately targeted by both Sunni and Shiite militant groups.

The UN credited the Iraqi government with improvements in its judicial system but said there remained a long road ahead.

Howeever, the UN mission cited long delays in reviewing detainee cases, lack of access to attorneys and investigation of torture allegations as areas in need of improvement.

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