Incident Summary:

07/12/2009: On Sunday, assailants detonated a roadside improvised explosive device near the seven-vehicle motorcade transporting the United States ambassador to Iraq, in An Nasiriyah, Dhi Qar, Iraq, damaging several residential buildings and one motorcade vehicle but causing no casualties. Both the Jaysh al-Mahdi/Promised Day Brigade (JAM/PDB) and Asa'ib Ahl al-Haqq/Islamic Shiite Resistance claimed responsibility, however the JAM/PDB claim was supported with a videotape.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Dhi Qar


Location Details:
The attack took place in An Nasiriyah, Dhi Qar, Iraq.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity United States Ambassador to Iraq
Specific Description Assailants targeted the motorcade of the United States Ambassador to Iraq.
Nationality of Target United States
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 Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
An improvised explosive device was used in the attack.
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) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Asa'ib Ahl al-Haqq Islamic Shiite Resistance in Iraq Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Mahdi Army (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
National Counterterrorism Center, "Three Houses, One Vehicle Damaged in IED Attack by JAM/PDB in An Nasiriyah, Dhi Qar, Iraq," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, January 08, 2010.
Agence France Presse, "US Ambassador Escapes Iraq Bomb Attack," LexisNexis Academic, Agence France Presse, June 13, 2009.
United Press International, "Bomb Misses U.S. Ambassador to Iraq," LexisNexis Academic, United Press International, July 12, 2009.