The war against ISIS, now officially under way in Syria and Iraq, has caused a wave of casualties among civilians.
The number of reported civilian deaths has climbed exponentially since March, when the group captured Mosul and the Iraqi city of Tikrit, the second largest city in Iraq.
The government of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who is currently embroiled in a war with Kurdish forces, is now reporting that the number of civilian casualties in the war has reached at least 3,500.
At the same time, however, the number is dropping as the number and sophistication of the attacks on civilians have been increasing, as ISIS has been forced to change tactics to evade the attentions of coalition forces.
With the loss of Mosul, the battle for Tikrit is the second most important battle in the Middle East.
The Tikrit operation, which began on June 9, has resulted in the deaths of at least 9,000 civilians, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Since then, the Iraqi government has been in control of Mosul for a total of about 1.7 million people.
The UN estimates that approximately 7,000 ISIS fighters have been killed and 1,500 captured.
The latest data from the United Nations Office for Civilians in Conflict (Ocha) indicates that at least 1,000 people have been arrested and 2,000 displaced by the fighting in the city of Mosul.
Many of these displaced people have had to cross the Tigris River to reach their villages in Iraq’s north, where they are now living in makeshift camps.
The humanitarian situation in Mosul has worsened since the beginning of the offensive in March.
A number of health facilities have been damaged and many civilians are suffering from exposure to water, as well as malnutrition, according the OCHA.
Despite the worsening situation, the government is not taking any steps to address the needs of civilians.
According to Davutokoglu, the fight against ISIS has become a war of attrition.
According the statement of the prime minister, it is time for the Iraqi people to ask for peace.
This war has cost the lives of more than 1,300 civilians and more than 5,000 fighters, he said.
The prime minister did not provide any details on the number, however.
According a recent report from the Washington Post, some of the people displaced by fighting have taken refuge in a school for displaced people in Kirkuk, the capital of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region.
However, many of the refugees are facing a dilemma.
They are either forced to stay in the camp or move to safer places, according OCHA’s deputy director for Iraq, Samer al-Shami.
The U.S. has provided a number of weapons and training to Iraqi forces, which include the use of Humvees, machine guns, and RPGs, according Al Jazeera.
However the U.N. says that the coalition has failed to implement these requirements, and is instead turning to more sophisticated weapons and tactics.