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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

Sunday 31 December: 40 killed

Rashidiya: 25 bodies of local policemen discovered in mass grave.

Farhatia: 7 killed in armed attacks.

Baghdad: 4 killed by unknown gunmen in the east and centre of the city.

Najaf: 3 family members stabbed to death.

Baquba: 1 policeman killed during attack on police station.

Saturday 30 December: 2 killed

Mosul: 1 killed in armed attack.

Kirkuk: 1 body found decapitated.

Friday 29 December: 9 killed

Ishaqi: 4 brothers killed by armed group.

Baghdad: 2 killed by gunfire, including a child; 1 body found in Saba al-Bour.

Samarra: 1 by gunfire.

Basra: 1 by IED.

Thursday 28 December: 3 killed

Baghdad: 1 killed by AED.

Amadiyah: 1 killed by Turkish airstrikes.

Qara Tabah: 1 killed in armed attack.

Wednesday 27 December: 5 killed

Kirkuk: 2 intelligence officers killed in drive-by shooting.

Madain: 1 Sahwa member killed by IED.

Habhab: 1 policeman shot by unknown gunmen.

Hilla: 1 shot dead outside prison after release.

Tuesday 26 December: 11 killed

Sarkran: 3 bodies of abducted people found.

Babil: 3 killed by armed group.

Hilla: 1 by armed group.

Mussayib: 1 lawyer by armed group.

Mosul: 1 body found of elderly man.

Baghdad: 1 body found.

Mahmudiya: 1 body found.

Monday 25 December: 6 killed

Dibs: 3 bodies of people that had been abducted found buried.

Baghdad: 1 body found at the east of the city; 1 taxi driver stabbed.

Taji: 1 body found.