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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

Friday 29 May: 5 killed

Basra: 3 bodies found.

Baghdad: 1 killed by gunmen in Al-Batawen.

Kirkuk: 1 man's body found with signs of torture, 2 days after being abducted.

Wednesday 27 May: 1 killed

Khalis: 1 woman's body found.

Tuesday 26 May: 3 killed

Basra: 1 young man killed by gunmen;
1 man's body found in Abu Al-Khaseeb.

Maysan: 1 young man's body found decapitated and with signs of torture.

Sunday 24 May: 2 killed

Kirkuk: 1 policeman's body found slaughtered, after being abducted.

Muqdadiya: 1 civil defence employee killed in IS attack.

Friday 22 May: 4 killed

Korka Jal: 1 oil refinery guard killed by gunmen.

Baquba: 1 killed by IED.

Zahra: 1 farmer killed by IED.

Al-Dibs: 1 farmer killed by IS gunman.

Thursday 21 May: 1 killed

Hilla: 1 18-year-old student's body found.

Wednesday 20 May: 2 killed

Mansouriya: 1 electrician killed by IED.

Baghdad: 1 man killed by gunmen for being a homosexual in Sadr City.