Iraq Body Count (IBC) is an analytical project, not a news portal. Our procedure is to collect and reconcile every available, distinct report about each incident. For larger events, stories may run into the dozens and continue to emerge for days or weeks. This, and the inexorable rise in daily violent incidents, means that there is a considerable gap between the initial reporting of events and their first appearance in the IBC database.
However, we obtain an early impression of events within about 48 hours of first reports. This page provides our news gatherer's account of such recent events, but please keep in mind that these are not our final database entries. Rather, they should be considered an early update on civilian casualties.
Thursday 23 May: 13 killed
Mosul: 4 by gunfire, IED.
Kanaan: 3 by IED.
Qadisiya: 1 policeman by gunfire.
Kirkuk: 1 body.
Karma: 2 by IEDs.
Baquba: 2 policemen by gunfire.
May casualties so far: 653 civilians killed.
Wednesday 22 May: 21 killed
Baghdad: 12 by gunfire.
Buhriz: 2 policemen by gunfire.
Mosul: 1 by gunfire.
Baquba: 2 policemen by car bomb.
Abu Ghraib: 3 policemen by IED.
Shirqat: 1 explosives expert by IED.
May casualties so far: 640 civilians killed.
Tuesday 21 May: 46 killed.
Tuz Khurmato: 5 by car bomb.
Kirkuk: 6 by IEDs.
Khalis: 2 by gunfire.
Baghdad: 5 by car bomb.
Baquba: 3 by car bomb.
Abu Ghraib: 10 by IED, 4 by gunfire.
Ramadi: 1 by AED.
Mosul: 4 by gunfire.
Kanaan: 3 by IEDs.
Diyala: 3 by bombs, gunfire.
May casualties so far: 619 civilians killed.
Monday 20 May: 134 killed
Baghdad: 48 by car bombs.
Basra: 14 by car bombs.
Samarra: 13 by car bombs.
Hilla: 22 by suicide bomber, IED.
Haditha: 8 policemen by gunfire.
Balad: 8 by car bomb.
Baiji: 5 by suicide car bomber.
Baquba: 3 by bombs.
Yathrib: 1 by gunfire.
Mosul: 1 by mortars.
Diwaniya: 1 child by gunfire.
Tikrit: 2 by AED.
Anbar: 4 bodies found.
Al-Dahab al-Abyad: 4 family members by mortars.
May casualties so far: 573 civilians killed.
Sunday 19 May: 27 killed
Ramadi: 10 bodies.
Mosul: 3 by gunfire.
Haditha: 7 policemen killed in clashes.
Anbar: 1 policeman by gunfire.
Khalis: 2 by gunfire.
Baghdad: 2 by gunfire.
Alexandria: 1 body.
Hermat: 1 by IED.
May casualties so far: 439 civilians killed.
Saturday 18 May: 33 killed
Baghdad: 7 killed by gunfire, IED.
Basra: 1 cleric by gunfire.
Khalis: 1 Sahwa member by gunfire.
Ramadi: 8 by IED and during army raid.
Latifiya: 3 by car bomb.
Garma: 4 Sahwa members by gunfire.
Jubail: 3 by gunfire.
Baiji: 3 Sahwa members by gunfire.
Albu Diab: 1 shepherd in clashes.
Mosul: 2 by gunfire.
May casualties so far: 412 civilians killed.
Friday 17 May: 93 killed
Baquba: 49 by IEDs at mosque.
Baghdad: 23 by IEDs.
Madaen: 8 by IED.
Falluja: 2 by IED at cafe.
Abu Ghraib: 4 by IED.
Salahuddin: 3 by gunfire.
Mosul: 1 body.
Kirkuk: 1 by gunfire.
Tikrit: 1 by gunfire.
Qayyara: 1 by gunfire.
May casualties so far: 379 civilians killed.