APTOPIX Mideast Iraq ViolenceThe United Nations says a total of 703 people were killed in Iraq in February, as the country faces its worst violence in years. The UN mission to Iraq issued the figure on Saturday, which is close to that of January’s death toll of 733. The figure excluded deaths from the ongoing fighting between the Iraqi forces and al-Qaeda-linked militants in the western Anbar Province, neighboring Syria. Some 564 civilians and 139 members of security forces were killed in the violence in the country, while 1,381 people, including 1,179 civilians, were injured. Baghdad was the worst affected region with 239 deaths, followed by central Salahuddin Province with 121 killed and northern Nineveh Province with 94 killed. UN mission chief, Nickolay Mladenov, asked Iraqis to come together to put an end to the violence. More