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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 31 December: 30 killed

Hadar: 30 bodies found in mass grave south of Mosul.

December total: 215 civilians killed.

2019: 2,392 civilians killed.

Monday 30 December: 11 killed

Al-Nuaimiya: 5 children killed by IED planted by IS, on way home from school.

Basra: 2 killed in clashes.

Baquba: 1 body of a child found with signs of torture.

Baghdad: 1 man killed by gunmen in Taji.

Khalis: 1 policeman killed by gunmen.

Nasiriya: 1 activist killed by gunmen.

Sunday 29 December: 3 killed

Kirkuk: 2 men (father and son) killed by gunmen.

Qayyarah: 1 policeman killed by gunmen at checkpoint.

Saturday 28 December: 4 killed.

Mosul: 2 killed in IS attack.

Baghdad: 1 protester's body found burnt at Al-Ahrar Bridge.

Karbala: 1 police Commissioner killed by gunmen.

Friday 27 December: 4 killed

Baghdad: 1 killed by gunmen in Shaab;
1 killed by gunmen in Abu Ghraib.

Muqdadiya: 1 man killed by gunmen near his house.

Basra: 1 man killed by gunmen outside mosque.

Thursday 26 December: 4 killed.

Baghdad: 1 protester killed in Al-Wathba.

Kirkuk: 1 killed by gunmen.

Muqdadiya: 1 body found in river with gunshot wounds.

Alam: 1 killed at fake checkpoint by IS members.

Wednesday 25 December: 6 killed

Mosul: 5 bodies found.

Al-Shatrah: 1 killed in clashes.