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 20 March: 11 killed

Baghdad: 5 by IEDs; 1 body.
Kirkuk: 2 by gunfire; 1 body.
Baiji: 1 woman by gunfire.
Wajihiya: 1 farmer by gunfire.

Thursday 19 March: 44 killed

Baghdad: 11 by IED, gunfire; 1 body.
Albu Ajeel: 13 bodies found in mass grave.
Mosul: 6 executed.
Falluja: 7 killed in random bombardment exchanges.
Latifiya: 2 by IED.
Kirkuk: 1 body.
3 Pesherga fighters beheaded

Wednesday 18 March: 31 killed

Baghdad: 4 by IEDs; 2 bodies.
Safwan-Umm Qasr: 12 by car bomb.
Mosul: 5 beheaded.
Shirqat: 2 by gunfire.
Falluja: 2 by random bombardment exchanges.
Baquba-Khalis: 2 by gunfire.
Dhuluiya: 1 body
Taji: 1 by IED.

Tuesday 17 March: 36 killed.

Baghdad: 11 by IEDs, gunfire; 2 bodies.
Falluja: 12 executed; 4 killed in random bombardment exchanges.
Tikrit: 4 executed; 1 policeman by IED.
Mosul: 2 doctors executed.

Monday 16 March: 23 killed

Baghdad: 7 by IEDs, gunfire; 3 bodies.
Amara: 10 by gunfire.
Falluja: 2 in shelling exchanges.
Mosul: 1 journalist executed.

Sunday 15 March: 17 killed

Baghdad: 6 by IEDs; 3 bodies.
Samarra: 3 by suicide car bomber; 2 bodies.
Ramadi: 2 by mortars.
Al-Bareid: 1 by mortars.

Saturday 14 March: 38 killed.

Baghdad: 8 by IEDs; 2 bodies.
Ramadi: 9 by suicide car bombers.
Mosul: 11 executed.
Falluja: 4 imams executed.
Al-Bashir: 2 in clashes.
Basra: 1 by gunfire.
Tikrit: 1 in clashes.