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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 2 February: 4 killed

Amarah: 1 policeman killed in armed attack.

Basra: 1 policeman killed in armed attack.

Ramadi: 1 policeman killed in raid by Special Forces.

Nasiriyah: 1 woman killed in 'honour' killing.

Monday 31 January: 5 killed

Amarah: 1 retired educational supervisor killed by gunmen.

Qala'at Saleh: 1 killed in clashes.

Basra: 1 killed by gunmen in Zubair.

Baghdad: 1 elderly man's body found in Sadr City.

Al-Jbayish: 1 fisherman killed.


Sunday 30 January: 1 killed

Amarah: 1 young man killed by gunmen.

Saturday 29 January: 2 killed

Mahmoudia: 2 children (a girl and a boy) killed in IED explosion at Al-Askari.

Friday 28 January: 4 killed

Jableh: 3 family members (father and 2 children) killed in IED explosion.

Baghdad: 1 killed in clashes in Sabaa Qusour.

Wednesday 26 January: 1 killed

Basra: 1 activist's body found.

Tuesday 25 January: 1 killed

Najaf: 1 child killed in armed conflict.