Incident Summary:

03/23/2008: A barrage of rocket and mortars were fire at the Green Zone by suspected Mahdi Army members, killing 13 Iraqi civilians and wounding 20.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Baghdad

Location Details:
Various neighborhoods in the region

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity
Specific Description Gree Zone US Embassy
Nationality of Target Multinational
Target Type: Other
Name of Entity
Specific Description Green Zone Military bases
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Iraqi Civilians
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 Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
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
Additional Information Witnesses claimed the rockets were fired from a Shiite stronghold across the river and believed the Mahdi Army was responsible
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 13 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 13
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Alexandra Zavis, “IRAQ: 4000 U.S. MILITARY DEATHS; 4 U.S. troops killed; Baghdad blast pushes the military toll to a grim milestone,” Los Angeles Times, March 24, 2008.
"Four of Al-Sadr Trend Arrested; Mortar Attacks Reported,” Al-Sharqiyah Television, March 24, 3008."
Erica Goode, “13 Iraqis Killed by Shells Fired at the Green Zone,” The New York Times, March 24, 2008.