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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

Wednesday 8 January: 2 killed

Hadar: 1 killed by gunmen.

Baghdad: 1 killed by gunmen in Al-Wathba.

Tuesday 7 January: 3 killed

Babil: 2 policemen killed by gunmen.

Baghdad: 1 body found in Amin.

Monday 6 January: 5 killed

Baghdad: 1 sheikh killed after being kidnapped;
1 killed by gunmen in Madain;
1 school principal killed by gunmen in Sadr al-Yusufiya.

Nasiriyah: 1 protester killed by gunfire.

Basra: 1 director of public schools killed by gunmen in Abu al-Khaseeb.

Sunday 5 January: 2 killed

Baghdad: 1 body found in Saba Qusour;
1 headteacher killed by gunmen in Amil.

Saturday 4 January: 2 killed

Baghdad: 1 protester killed by gunmen in Sadr City;
1 killed by gunmen in Diyala Bridge.

Thursday 2 January: 1 killed

Baghdad: 1 killed by gunmen in Mansour.

Wednesday 1 January: 3 killed

Abu Saida: 2 (man and woman) killed by hand grenade.

Samarra: 1 sheikh killed by IS gunmen.