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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

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

Sunday 17 December: 3 killed

Diyala-Salahuddin border: 3 bodies of men abducted a few days earlier found.

Saturday 16 December: 2 killed

Baghdad: 1 real estate agent killed by AED.

Diwaniya: 1 policeman shot.

Friday 15 December: 18 killed

Mosul: 12 bodies found under rubble.

Karabla: 3 bodies, father and sons, found with stab wounds; 2 brothers shot.

Baghdad: 1 body found with gunshot wounds in Husseiniya.

Thursday 14 December: 13 killed

Mosul: 7 bodies found under rubble.

Basra: 2 killed in clashes.

Samarra: 2 by suicide bomber.

Kirkuk: 1 policeman's body found, after being abducted.

Taji: 1 by IED.