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26,000 civilians have been killed or wounded in Iraq this year

The escalating chaos in Iraq has killed or wounded 26,000 civilians this year alone, the United Nations announced Thursday.

More than 9,300 people have been killed since January, including roughly 2,000 whom ISIS brutally murdered in mass execution-style killings, according to the U.N. The bulk of those deaths — some 5,500 — have some since June, when ISIS launched a major offensive against Iraqi forces.

"The array of violations and abuses perpetrated by ISIL and associated armed groups is staggering, and many of their acts may amount to war crimes or crimes against humanity," said Zeid Ra'ad Zeid al-Hussein, the U.N.'s chief human rights official.