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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

Monday 21 May: 3 killed

Tarmiyah: 1 killed by IED.

Dohuk: 1 body found.

Baghdad: 1 killed by gunmen in al Rashad.

Sunday 20 May: 3 killed

Nasiriyah: 1 body found.

Kut: 1 body found.

Qaim: 1 policeman killed by IED.

Saturday 19 May: 6 killed

Mosul: 3 bodies found under rubble.

Baghdad: 1 killed by gunfire in Diyala Bridge;
1 body found in Shaab.

Hamam al-Alil: 1 mukhtar killed by gunmen.

Friday 18 May: 2 killed

Daquq: 1 killed by IED.

Ali Sabahi village, Khanaqin: 1 killed by IED.

Thursday 17 May: 3 killed

Baghdad: 1 body found in Saba al-Bour.

Mosul: 1 killed by gunmen in Badush.

Basra: 1 killed in clashes.

Wednesday 16 May: 41 killed

Mosul: 33 bodies pulled from the rubble.

Tarmiyah: 7 killed by suicide bomber.

Kirkuk: 1 child killed by security forces opening fire at car.

Tuesday 15 May: 6 killed

Mosul: 2 killed by airstrike.

Zab: 2 killed by gunmen.

Suq al-Shuyukh: 1 child killed in explosion.

Nasiriyah: 1 policeman killed when gunmen open fire at patrol in al Rifai.