Published on Nov 2, 2013October has become the bloodiest month in Iraq in 5 years. The data from the country's interior, defence and health ministries puts the death toll at 964 people - almost 90 percent of them were civilians. And according to the government - the number hasn't been this high since April 2008 - when more than a thousand were killed. The numbers don't quite correspond with the findings of the UN, which puts July as the bloodiest this year. But whatever the figures, it's clear the country's facing an increasing security problem. No surprise then that the Iraqi Prime Minister is in Washington DC, asking for help.