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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 26 August: 101 killed.

Tal Afar: 80 bodies found in mass grave; the bodies of 18 people are found inside a prison; 1 journalist killed by IED.

Yusufiya: 1 body found.

Baghdad: 1 killed by AED in Bayaa.

Friday 25 August: 11 killed

Karma: 3 children killed by landmine.

Hawija: 3 children by IED, as families try to flee the city.

Gundazhor: 2 brothers shot dead by Peshmerga.

Tarmiya: 1 by IED.

Karbala: 1 child by cluster bomb.

Hilla: 1 woman beaten to death.

Thursday 24 August: 18 killed

Hawija: 8 people, including an infant, burnt to death by IS members for trying to flee; 4 executed for cooperating with security forces.

Daquq: 2 women's bodies found tortured.

Qara Tapa: 1 body found.

Kirkuk: 1 body found with signs of torture and bullet holes.

Bani Saad: 1 Sahwa member shot during funeral.

Baghdad: 1 killed by IED in Bakriya.

Wednesday 23 August: 16 killed

Najaf: 7 displaced family members burnt to death.

Qaim: 4 executed for refusing to torture a woman.

Tal Afar: 1 child suicide bomber.

Baghdad: 2 bodies found with bullet wounds and torture marks.

Khalis: 1 policeman shot in the head.

Muqdadiya: 1 body found bound and tortured.

Tuesday 22 August: 10 killed

Qaim: 5 killed by coalition airstrikes.

Baghdad: 3 killed by gunfire in Baladiyat, Sadr City and Dora.

Tarmiya: 1 driver shot.

Nasiriyah: 1 engineer shot by unknown gunmen.

Monday 21 August : 60 killed

Tal Afar: at least 30 civilians killed by coalition airstrikes.

Mosul: 27 bodies found under rubble in Qlaayat and Daka Bakka.

Baghdad: 1 killed by IED in fruit and vegetable market in Radwaniya.

Amarah: 1 in clashes.

Taji: 1 driver killed when AED explodes under car.


Sunday 20 August: 6 killed.

Kirkuk: 2 bodies found, one of them a child.

Baghdad: 1 policeman killed by IED in Karagul; 1 Sahwa member in Arifiya.

Taji: 1 by IED.

Hamam al-Alil: 1 by IED targeting a police patrol.