http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6172660.stm The Iraqi death toll hit a record high in October, with more than 3,700 people losing their lives in the ongoing violence, according to a UN report. The majority of the 3,709 people who died were killed in sectarian attacks - nearly 200 more than in the previous record month of July. The brunt of the violence was borne in Baghdad, while the report also noted that women were increasingly victims. The UN bases its figures on data collected by the Iraqi Health Ministry. Unknown bodies "The civilian population of Iraq continues to be victims of terrorist acts, roadside bombs, drive-by shootings, cross fire between rival gangs, or between police and insurgents, kidnappings, military operations, crime and police abuse," the report said. It also made reference to the growing numbers of unidentified bodies which turn up in various areas around the capital. During September and October, some 3,253 such corpses were found, many thought to be the victims of death squads operating with the collusion of the police. And it noted the deteriorating plight of women, whom it said were increasingly targets of religious extremists and so-called honour killings. "Kidnappings associated with rape and sex slavery have also occurred." Getting facts Last month, one US survey estimated that some 655,000 Iraqis might still be alive but for the US-led invasion of 2003. The figures were vigorously disputed by supporters of the war in Iraq, including US President George W Bush, but there is backing for the methodology used among some statisticians. The collation of data is an immense challenge in a country where anti-US insurgents and sectarian death squads pose a grave danger to researchers. I dont know about you guys but to me this proves that we dont need to be there anymore.