Incident Summary:

12/30/2004:An unknown perpetrator group attacked a U.S. military base in Mosul, Iraq with RPGs and a car bomb. There was one U.S. military fatality and 15 injured troops. There were also twenty-five perpetrator fatalities.




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: Military
Name of Entity Multi-National Force – Iraq (MNF-I)
Specific Description U.S. military base in Mosul, Iraq
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
Car bomb and rocket-propelled grenades were used
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
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
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 26 Fatalities / 15 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 26
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 25
Total Number of Injured 15
Number of U.S. Injured 15
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
Richard Oppel Jr. and Khalid Al-Ansary, "25 Insurgents are Killed Trying to Overrun US Outpost in Mosul," New York Times, December 30, 2004
Slobodan Lekic, "Guerrillas carry out coordinated assault, ambush on US post in Mosul, battle kills 25 gunmen, one America," Associated Press, December, 30, 2004
Maher, Al-Thanoon, "US troops attacked in Mosul; Close air support repels fierce assault; huge nighttime blast in Baghdad kills 28," The Globe and Mail (Canada) December, 30, 2004