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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

Tuesday 23 May: 40 killed

Mosul: 20 executed; 18 killed by airstrikes.
Kirkuk: 1 by gunfire.
Mahmudiya: 1 body.

Monday 22 May : 23 killed

Hawija: 18 executed.
Abu Taba: 2 by gunfire.
Mosul: 2 by mortars, IED.
Khan Bani Saad: 1 by mortar.

Sunday 21 May: 11 killed.

Mosul: 5 by rockets; 1 by IED.
Karma: 4 bodies.
Tal Afar: 1 executed.

Saturday 20 May: 39 killed.

Basra: 13 more die in suicide car bombing.
Hawija: 4 executed.
Latifiya: 1 body.
Canaan: 1 body.
Mosul: 20 by coalition airstrikes.

Friday 19 May: 56 killed

Baghdad: 14 by suicide car bombers, gunfire, IED; 1 body.
Basra: 9 by car bomb.
Mosul: 26 by coalition airstrikes; 5 policemen by drone strikes.
Baquba: 1 child by gunfire.

Thursday 18 May: 24 killed

Baghdad: 8 by gunfire, IEDs; 1 body.
Tuz Khurmato: 9 by suicide bomber.
Rawa: 3 executed.
Mahmudiya: 1 body.
Hawija: 1 executed.
Mosul: 1 war photographer in clashes.

Wednesday 17 May: 9 killed

Rawa: 4 executed.
Mosul: 1 by coalition airstrike.
Baquba: 1 body.
Yusufiya: 1 by IED.
Basra: 2 by gunfire.