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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

Tuesday 21 May: 37 killed

Ain al-Tamar: 37 bodies found in mass grave. Most of the victims were women.

Monday 20 May: 5 killed

Tal Afar: 4 farmers killed by IED.

Baghdad: 1 body found in Rashidiya.

Saturday 18 May: 1 killed

Baghdad: 1 man's body found in Kamaliyah.

Friday 17 May: 3 killed

Mubarak: 1 killed by IED.

Yusuf Beck: 1 farmer killed by IED.

Baghdad: 1 man's body found.

Thursday 16 May: 8 killed

Najaf: 4 demonstrators killed by guards.

Kufa: 1 man's body found.

Khanaqin: 1 girl's body found.

Mosul: 1 child's body pulled from rubble.

Baghdad: 1 killed by gunmen in Abu Ghraib.

Wednesday 15 May: 3 killed.

Baquba: 1 killed by gunmen.

Abu Sidon: 1 killed by gunmen.

Baghdad: 1 body of 18-year-old boy found in Kadhimiyah.

Tuesday 14 May: 6 killed

Talkaif: 1 killed by gunmen.

Baghdad: 2 demonstrators killed by police.

Basra: 1 killed by gunmen.

Baghdad: 1 body found in Khadamiya.

Rashad: 1 killed by IED.