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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 10 January: 4 killed

Rutba Highway: 3 shot by IS gunmen.

Nasiriyah: 1 policeman killed during demonstration.

Friday 8 January: 1 killed

Basra: 1 body found.

Thursday 7 January: 1 killed.

Mosul: 1 man (working for a British organisation) killed trying to remove IED.

Tuesday 5 January: 4 killed

Mosul: 1 body found in Al-Zanjili.

Qayyarah: 1 young man's body found.

Basra: 2 (father and son) killed by gunmen.

Saturday 2 January: 3 killed

Sinjar: 1 killed by IED.

Al-Tayeb: 2 killed in mine explosion.

Friday 1 January: 1 killed

Salahuddin: 1 child's body found on the bank of Aqsa River.

Thursday 31 December: 2 killed

Badush: 1 mayor killed by gunmen.

Mussayib: 1 body found.


December total: 54 civilians killed.

2020 TOTAL: 902 CIVILIANS KILLED