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 18 May: 35 killed

Mosul: 25 executed.
Baghdad: 8 by IEDs; 2 bodies.

Tuesday 17 May: 127 killed

Baghdad: 92 by IEDs, suicide bombers, car bombs.
Mosul: 14 executed.
Fallujah: 10 in air strikes.
Hawija: 5 bodies.
Hit: 2 by IED.
Riyadh: 1 by gunfire.
Abu Saida: 1 by gunfire.
Al-Horanih: 1 by gunfire.
Daquq: 1 by IED.

Monday 16 May : 39 killed

Mosul: 21 executed.
Baghdad: 6 by IEDs; 4 bodies.
Khalidiya: 6 by mortars.
Canaan: 1 farmer by gunfire.
Basra: 1 by AED.

Sunday 15 May: 28 killed.

Taji: 6 by suicide bombers.
Latifiya: 2 by car bomb.
Baghdad: 3 by AEDS.
Yusufiya: 1 by IED.
Mahmudiya: 1 by IED.
Nahrawan: 1 by IED.
Mosul: 3 executed.
Bashiqah: 4 security members executed.
Qayyarah: 4 imams executed.
Tikrit: 2 bodies.
Khalis: 1 by IED.


May 1-15: 631 civilians killed.

Saturday 14 May: 32 killed.

Baghdad: 10 by IEDs, gunfire; 2 bodies.
Mosul: 7 students executed.
Amiriyat Fallujah: 5 by suicide bombers, gunfire.
Albu Haiyat: 2 policemen by suicide car bombers.
Madain: 2 by IED.
Taji: 1 by IED.
Basra: 2 in clashes.
Baquba: 1 in clashes.

Friday 13 May: 41 killed.

Balad: 13 by gunfire, suicide bombers; 2 policemen in clashes.
Hawija: 16 family members executed.
Baghdad: 5 by IEDs.
Tarmiya: 1 by IED.
Yusufiya: 1 by IED.
Bani Saad: 1 by gunfire.
Kirkuk: 2 bodies.

Thursday 12 May: 27 killed

Baghdad: 9 by IEDs, suicide bomber; 1 body.
Mosul: 16 executed.
Hawija: 1 executed.