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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

Sunday 31 December: 1 killed

Baghdad: 1 body found in Dora.


Saturday 30 December: 2 killed

Basra: 1 killed by gunmen;
1 killed in clan conflict.

Friday 29 December: 1 killed

Najaf: 1 young man killed by gunmen.

Thursday 28 December: 2 killed

Kirkuk: 1 policeman killed by gunmen.

Baghdad: 1 body found in Amil.

Tuesday 26 December: 4 killed

Anbar desert: 2 (a Kuwaiti and a Saudi national) killed by IED.

Baiji: 2 bodies of previoulsy abducted Kuwaiti fishermen found near their car.

Sunday 24 December: 1 killed

Basra: 1 killed by gunmen,

Saturday 23 December: 1 killed

Maysan: 1 child killed by gunmen.