Incident Summary:

12/21/2004: Ansar al-Sunna bombed a mess hall at Forward Operating Base Marez (a.k.a., Camp Ghizlani) near Mosul, Iraq during lunchtime. The attack killed 22 and wounded 66, including 15 American soldiers as well as two Iraqi soldiers and at least five civilian contractors emplolyed by Halliburton. Ansar al-Sunna claimed responsibility for the attack in statement posted to a website. The perpetrators indicated it was a suicide attack, however this claim was not verified and United States military officials report that a 122mm rocket was fired into the tent.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Halliburton
Specific Description Contractors
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Multi-National Force – Iraq (MNF-I)
Specific Description FOB Marez (a.k.a., Camp Ghizlani)
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Iraqi Army
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ansar al-Sunna Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 23 Fatalities / 66 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 23
Number of U.S. Fatalities 20
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 66
Number of U.S. Injured 57
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Edmund Sanders, "Attack on U.S. base kills 22 at mess tent / Mosul bombing one of deadliest against Americans since war began," Los Angeles Times, December 22, 2004.
Bill Nichols and Dave Moniz, "Suicide bomber blamed in blast," USA TODAY, December 23, 2004
Bryan Bender, "Deadly blast at Army base…" Boston Globe, December 22, 2004