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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

Friday 21 May: 3 killed

Baghdad: 1 fish seller killed in drive-by shooting in Sadr City;
1 body found in Nahrawan;
1 activist killed in Tarmiyah.

Thursday 20 May: 2 killed

Al Hawl camp: 2 sisters killed.

Wednesday 19 May: 3 killed

Baghdad: 1 body found in Adhamiya;
1 body found in Sadr City.

Albu Fayyad: 1 Sahwa killed in attack on station.

Tuesday 18 May: 1 killed

Kirkuk: 1 body found.

Monday 17 May: 2 killed

Baghdad: 1 body found in Shaab.

Najaf: 1 body found of 55-year-old man.

Sunday 16 May: 5 killed

Al-Mahla: 3 children killed by explosive device.

Basra: 1 killed in clashes.

Kirkuk: 1 body found.

Saturday 15 May: 1 killed

Mosul: 1 body of 20-year-old man found with signs of torture.