Incident Summary:

09/15/2009: On Tuesday evening at 1900, in Baghdad, Iraq, four mortar shells landed about 100 yards from the U.S. Embassy in the Green Zone as Joe Biden was present there, killing two civilians and wounding five others. There was no damage reported and the Mujahedeen Army claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming it as a "reception" for the Vice President, urging him to deliver a message to President Barack Obama to pull US forces out of Iraq.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place in the Green Zone of Baghdad.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity United States Embassy
Specific Description The U.S. Embassy
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
Four mortars were 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 Claimed Responsibility
Mujahedeen Corps in Iraq Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
Press TV, "Biden Welcomed by Mortar Shells in Baghdad,"§ionid=351020201 (September 15, 2009).
Press TV, "Iraqi Mujahedeen Claim Biden-Reception Attack,"§ionid=35102020 (September 16, 2009).
McClatchy Newspapers, "Round-up of Daily Violence in Iraq - Tuesday 15 August 2009," (September 15, 2009).