Incident Summary:

12/09/2019: Assailants fired four Katyusha rockets targeting a military base housing Iraqi and United States troops near the Baghdad International Airport in Baghdad, Iraq. Six Iraqi soldiers were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to an Iran-backed militia.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the the city near the Baghdad International Airport.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Iraqi Armed Forces
Specific Description Base
Nationality of Target Iraq
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity United States Armed Forces
Specific Description Base
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 Katyusha rockets 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Iran-backed militia No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 6 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 6
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"US suspects Iran behind rocket attacks on Iraqi bases hosting US forces," Jerusalem Post, December 9, 2019.
"4 rockets hit military base near Iraqi capital, 6 wounded," Xinhua General News Service, December 9, 2019.
"Four rockets hit military base housing US forces near Baghdad airport, 6 injured,", December 9, 2019.