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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

Saturday 22 December: 2 killed

Baghdad: 1 killed by gunmen in Taji;
1 body found in Batawin.

Friday 21 December: 55 killed

Mosul: 48 bodies found in mass grave in Shula;
3 brothers killed by gunmen in Al-Shura.

Baquba: 1 policeman killed by gunmen.

Kirkuk: 1 body found with stab wounds.

Basra: 1 killed by IED.

Maysan: 1 killed by gunmen.

Thursday 20 December: 3 killed

Baghdad: 1 killed by gunmen in Abu Ghraib.

Basra: 1 body found.

Mosul: 1 killed by gunmen.

Wednesday 19 December: 2 killed

Baghdad: 1 killed by gunmen in Mahmudiya.

Salahuddin: 1 policeman killed by gunmen.

Tuesday 18 December: 4 killed

Mosul: 3 killed by gunmen.

Baghdad: 1 killed by gunmen in Taji.

Monday 17 December: 4 killed

Khalis: 1 council member killed by gunmen.

Baghdad: 2 bodies found in Talbiah and Shaab.

Madain: 1 killed by gunmen.

Sunday 16 December: 5 killed

Basra: 4 children killed by landmines.

Baghdad: 1 killed by gunmen in Husseiniya.