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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 24 December: 12 killed

Birima: 2 bodies found.

Hawija: 2 , a policeman and his son, killed by gunmen.

Muhannija: 2 shot at wedding.

Kirkuk: 2, a tribal elder and his wife, shot at fake checkpoint.

Mosul: 2 killed by unknown gunmen.

Baghdad: 1 killed by IED at a market.

Qaim: 1 shepherd by landmine.

Saturday 23 December: 2 killed

Baghdad: 1 woman's body found with stab wounds in Amin.

Abu Saida: 1 killed by unknown gunmen.

Friday 22 December: 8 killed

Tikrit: 4 killed at a checkpoint.

Baghdad: 1 cafe owner killed by unknown gunmen; 1 body found with stab wounds in Arab Jabour.

Muthanna: 1 killed during clashes.

Nasiriya: 1 body of a 15-year-old boy found.

Thursday 21 December: 4 killed

Basra: 1 killed during clashes.

Kirkuk: 3 bodies found handcuffed in sewer.

Wednesday 20 December: 5 killed

Abu Saida: 2 killed by IED.

Baghdad: 1 killed by IED in Tarmiya.

Dar, Maysan: 1 8-year-old child killed by armed gang.

Mosul: 1 body found with signs of torture and gunshot wounds.

Tuesday 19 December: 10 killed

Rania, Sulaimaniya: 5 killed during demonstration.

Kirkuk: 2 bodies found with gunshot wounds.

Kfri: 1 man shot in his car.

Baghdad: 1 lawyer shot by gunmen at home in Sadr City; 1 body found in Saba Qusour.

Monday 18 December: 2 killed

Canaan: 1 policeman shot in his car.

Baghdad: 1 body found with gunshot wounds in al-Basatin