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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 7 January: 4 killed

Sinjar: 1 body of kidnapped KDP member found.

Baghdad: 1 body found in Saidiya.

Basra: 1 killed by gunmen in front of his house.

Al-Kubba: 1 farmer killed by IS gunmen.

Thursday 6 January: 7 killed

Baghdad: 5 family members killed in armed attack inside house, including 3 children, 14, 8 and 7 years old.

Basra: 1 killed in clashes.

Najaf: 1 intelligence officer killed by gunmen.

Monday 3 January: 2 killed

Karbala: 1 body found with gunshot wounds.

Badush: 1 body found with gunshot wounds.

Saturday 1 January: 7 killed

Rumaila: 6 young men killed in explosion.

Al-Islah: 1 killed by gunmen in drive-by shooting during picnic.

Friday 31 December: 2 killed

Muqdadiya: 1 policeman killed by gunmen.

Zuhairat: 1 killed by gunmen.



Thursday 30 December: 20 killed

Al-Rashayed: 20 family members, including 12 children, killed by SWAT team.

Wednesday 29 December: 4 killed

Diyala: 2 bodies found.

Samawah: 1 barber killed by gunmen.

Abu Saida: 1 killed by gunmen near his home.