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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

Wednesday 31 January: 18 killed

Karbala: 6 family members killed by gunmen inside home.

Mosul: 6 bodies found in mass grave.

Baghdad: 2 killed by gunmen in Rashidiya and Dora;
1 body found with gunshot wounds in Abu Ghraib.

Taji: 1 by IED.

Rashad: 1 policeman killed trying to dismantle IED.

Baquba: 1 young man killed by gunmen at home.


JANUARY TOTAL: 474 CIVILIANS KILLED

Tuesday 30 January: 4 killed

Baghdad: 3 killed by gunfire and IED in Rashidiya, Ur and Bayaa.

Hamam al-Alil: 1 policeman by IED.

Monday 29 January: 1 killed

Hibhib: 1 farmer killed in mortar attack.

Sunday 28 January: 7 killed

Baquba - Balad Ruz road: 2 brothers killed by gunmen.

Baghdad: 2 killed during clashes in Nahrawan;
1 killed by IED at vegetable market in Radwaniya;
1 body found in Shaab.

Rashad: 1 local official killed by unknown gunmen.

Saturday 27 January: 14 killed

Baghdadi: 7 killed by US airstrike, including chief of police.

Basra: 2 by unknown gunmen;
1 body found.

Buhriz: 1 by IED.

Qahtaniya, east of Sinjar: 2 killed in booby-trapped house.

Baghdad: 1 body found.

Friday 26 January: 21 killed

Riyadh: 17 bodies found in mass grave.

Tarmiya: 2 killed by IED.

Qara Taba: 2 bodies found.

Thursday 25 January: 15 killed

Mosul: 8 bodies found in mass grave.

Baghdad: 2 brothers shot by unknown gunmen in Talbieh;
1 killed by IED in Fadhiliya;
1 body found.

Zammar: 1 child by IED.

Basra: 2 killed by gunmen in Zubayr and Karma Ali.