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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.

Recent Events

Monday 31 May: 2 killed

Muqdadiya: 1 killed by gunmen.

Khanaqin: 1 shepherd killed by IED.

MAY TOTAL: 49 civilians killed.

Saturday 29 May: 1 killed

Qara Tabeh: 1 Kurdish policeman executed by Islamic State, 18 months after being abducted.

Thursday 27 May: 1 killed

Nasiriyah: 1 killed in armed attack.

Wednesday 26 May: 3 killed

Basra: 1 killed in clashes.

Al-Abara: 1 body of kidnapped 16-year-old found.

Baghdad: 1 protester killed by bullet in the head, Tahrir Square.

Tuesday 25 May: 2 killed

Baghdad: 1 protester killed by live bullets in Tahrir Square.

Haditha: 1 killed by car bomb.

Sunday 23 May: 2 killed

Baghdad: 1 killed in Al-Tha'alba.

Nasiriyah: 1 killed by gunmen.

Saturday 22 May: 4 killed

Kirkuk: 1 body found.

Basra: 1 killed by gunmen.

Salahuddin: 1 sheikh, Majid Al-Masrhad, killed in IS attack.

Baghdad: 1 election candidate, Hasem al-Mashhadani, killed by gunmen.