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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

Thursday 26 May: 5 killed

Baghdad: 1 killed in clashes in Shula;
1 body found beheaded in Tarmiyah.

Bamerni: 3 killed in shelling.

Tuesday 24 May: 1 killed

Baghdad: 1 woman's body found in Al-Dasim.

Monday 23 May: 16 killed

Makhmour: 2 killed in car by Turkish airstrikes.

Taza: 7 killed in IS attack, including 2 children and 3 policemen.

Al-Islah: 6 killed in IS attack.

Baghdad: 1 body found in Zafaraniya.

Saturday 21 May: 1 killed

Mosul: 1 cook in camp Zelikan (for Turkish forces) killed by drone strike.

Friday 20 May: 1 killed

Al-Mazag: 1 killed in clashes.

Wednesday 18 May: 1 killed

Abu Tamr: 1 35-year-old man killed by gunmen.

Tuesday 17 May: 3 killed

Karbala: 1 killed in clashes.

Amerli: 1 shepherd's body found; he had been abducted by IS.

Al-Sakhrah: 1 killed in clashes.