WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- As many as 30,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed since the war began, accorfing to a new report from the United Nations.
A total of 74 journalists and media workers have also been reported killed since the U.S.-led invasion, five between September and October alone, according to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq which issued its latest report Monday.
While the Bush administration claims progress in the war in Iraq, the U.N. office paints a different picture, highlighting civilian deaths from terrorist attacks, allegations of civil rights violations by Iraqi security forces, and the looming possibility of civil war.
"Large parts of Iraq continue to experience a general breakdown of law and order, characterized by violence across the country," the report states. "Hundreds of civilians have been killed and wounded as a result of terrorist attacks, targeted assassinations and extra-judicial execution-style killings. Massive security operations by the Iraqi police and Special Forces continue to disregard instructions announced in August 2005 by the Minister of Interior to safeguard individual guarantees during searches and detaining operations."
"The price paid by civilians, including women and children, during military activity currently underway calls for further reflection on the nature and conduct of the conflict and on the proportionality of the use of force," the report states.
The White House is conducting a public relations campaign to try to shore up flagging U.S. support for the war in Iraq. Secretary of State Condi Rice made an unannounced visit to Iraq over the weekend and Bush made a speech Monday attacking critics of the war.