Incident Summary:

9/12/2004: A suspected car bomb exploded on Haifa Street in Baghdad, Baghdad province, Iraq, which prompted a firefight between U.S. troops and insurgents. The exchange of fire lasted several hours, during which an American tank and helicopters were deployed. The tank was attacked by an angry mob; the helicopters responded by firing missiles and gunfire at the crowd. The tank was destroyed and at least five people were killed and four were wounded. Members of Tawhid and Jihad claimed responsibility for the incident. This incident occurred at the same time that other sites around Baghdad were being targeted, including the Green Zone and Abu Ghraib prison.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Haifa Street in Baghdad

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Multi-National Force – Iraq (MNF-I)
Specific Description U.S. troops on Haifa Street
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians and civilian property in the vicinity of a car bomb on Haifa Street
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
A suspected car bomb and gunfire
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information This is a multiple incident. As this attack was occurring, various other sites around Baghdad were being targeted, including Abu Ghraib prison and the Green Zone. Between all of these incidents, at least 12 people were killed and 41 were injured.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Tawhid and Jihad Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"12 dead as US troops battle insurgents in Baghdad," Agence France Presse, September 12, 2004."