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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 17 December: 9 killed

Baiji: 3 truck drivers killed by gunmen.

Baghdad: 1 killed by gunmen in Saba Qusour;
1 stabbed in Amiriya;
1 killed by gunmen in Shula.

Abu Saida: 1 killed by gunmen.

Mandali: 1 retired teacher, activist, killed by gunmen.

Maysan: 1 young man killed in clashes.

Monday 16 December: 8 killed

Basra: 5 family members killed by gunmen.

Mosul: 2 killed by IED.

Baghdad: 1 body found in Nahrawan.

Sunday 15 December: 8 killed

Baghdad: 1 businessman killed by gunmen in Zayouna;
1 activist killed by gunmen in Shaab;
1 imam killed by gunmen;
1 protester killed by security forces.

Abbasiya: 2 (husband and wife) stabbed.

Mosul: 2 bodies found.

Saturday 14 December: 1 killed.

Baghdad: 1 killed by gunmen in Madain.

Friday 13 December: 3 killed

Basra: 3 killed by gunmen.

Thursday 12 December: 11 killed.

Baghdad: 5 protesters killed at al-Wathba Square by gunman.

Shirqat: 3 children killed by IED.

Buhriz: 1 killed by motorcycle bomb.

Mosul: 2 fishermen killed by counter-terrorism forces.

Wednesday 11 December: 2 killed

Mosul: 1 body found.

Shirqat: 1 farmer killed by IED.