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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 30 December: 2 killed

Baghdad: 1 body found in Taji.

Sulaymaniyah: 1 retired colonel killed by gunmen.

Tuesday 29 December: 1 killed

Diwaniyah: 1 killed by gunmen.

Monday 28 December: 1 killed

Kanaan: 1 killed by gunmen.

Sunday 27 December: 1 killed

Baghdad: 1 body found in Al-Maamel.

Saturday 26 December: 7 killed

Baghdad: 1 young man killed by gunmen in Husseiniya.

Abu Saida: 1 shop owner killed in terrorist attack.

Basra: 5 killed in clashes.

Monday 21 December: 3 killed

Mosul: 2 bodies found, a week after being abducted.

Baghdad: 1 body found of 16-year-old boy, in Al-Amin.

Sunday 20 December: 1 killed

Baghdad: 1 man's body found in Jamia.