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

Sunday 24 May: 36 killed

Haditha: 19 executed.
Baghdad: 4 by gunfire, IED; 1 body.
Diyala: 3 by car bomb.
Fallujah: 3 in bombardment exchanges.
Hor Rajab: 2 Sahwa members by IED.
Hbejh: 2 by IED.
Mosul: 2 executed.

Saturday 23 May: 10 killed.

Baghdad: 5 by IEDs, gunfire; 2 bodies.
Abu Saida: 3 by IED, gunfire.

Friday 22 May: 10 killed

Baghdad: 4 by IEDs; 1 body.
Baiji: 4 in booby-trapped house.
Basra: 1 by gunfire.

Thursday 21 May: 25 killed

Hawija: 12 executed.
Fallujah: 6 killed in bombardment exchanges.
Baghdad: 1 by IED; 5 bodies.
Baquba: 1 body.

Wednesday 20 May: 17 killed

Baghdad: 6 by IEDs, gunfire; 2 bodies.
Fallujah: 6 in bombardment exchanges.
Balad: 1 body.
Basra: 1 cleric by gunfire.
Anbar: 1 15-year-old boy in clashes.

Tuesday 19 May: 18 killed.

Fallujah: 9 killed in bombardment exchanges.
Amiriyat al Fallujah: 1 by bombing.
Baghdad: 3 by IEDs; 1 body.
Basra: 1 kidnapped and killed; 1 body.
Dumez: 1 taxi driver by AED.
Zagnah: 1 by IED.

Monday 18 May: 18 killed

Baghdad: 8 by IEDs, gunfire; 2 bodies.
Fallujah: 4 in random bombardment.
Mosul: 4 executed.