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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

Thursday 16 May: 8 killed

Najaf: 4 demonstrators killed by guards.

Kufa: 1 man's body found.

Khanaqin: 1 girl's body found.

Mosul: 1 child's body pulled from rubble.

Baghdad: 1 killed by gunmen in Abu Ghraib.

Wednesday 15 May: 3 killed.

Baquba: 1 killed by gunmen.

Abu Sidon: 1 killed by gunmen.

Baghdad: 1 body of 18-year-old boy found in Kadhimiyah.

Tuesday 14 May: 6 killed

Talkaif: 1 killed by gunmen.

Baghdad: 2 demonstrators killed by police.

Basra: 1 killed by gunmen.

Baghdad: 1 body found in Khadamiya.

Rashad: 1 killed by IED.

Monday 13 May: 4 killed

Khanaqin: 2 (father and son) killed by gunmen.

Baghdad: 1 killed by gunmen in Hor Rajab.

Mosul: 1 killed by gunmen.

Sunday 12 May: 3 killed

Baghdad: 1 body found in Rashad.

Basra: 1 tribal elder killed by gunmen;
1 killed by gunmen in Abu Khasib.

Saturday 11 May: 3 killed

Baghdad: 1 child killed by IED in Diyala Bridge;
1 body found in Saba al-Bour.

Mandali: 1 killed by gunmen.

Friday 10 May: 3 killed

Mosul: 2 killed in drive-by shooting.

Mansouriya: 1 child killed by gunmen.