Incident Summary:

10/06/2004: A car bomb exploded in the town of Anah, killing 24 Iraqi national guard recruits, and wounding another 30, that were queuing outside the barracks. The post came under fire shortly before the suicide bomber arrived on scene, and the bomb detonated prematurely at a civilian rest stop. Tawhid and Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Al Anbar


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Iraqi Army
Specific Description Iraqi Army Recruitment Center in Anah
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information Anah is on the main road to Syria. Officials believe the attack was launched from the violent city of Husabya, and was attacked because of its success at running its own affairs.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Tawhid and Jihad Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 16 Fatalities / 30 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 16
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 30
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Potter, Beth, “Fighting, bombings in hotspots around Iraq,” United Press International, October 6, 2004.
“Car bombs, military operations kill, maim dozens of Iraqis,” Deutsche Presse-Agentur, October 6, 2004.
Reid, Robert H., ”Suicide car bomber strikes Iraqi military checkpoint; government said near deal to end fighting in Shiite area of Baghdad,” Associated Press Worldstream, October 6, 2004.