Incident Summary:

12/27/2019: Assailants fired approximately 30 Katyusha rockets targeting the K1 military base in Kirkuk, Iraq. One United States civilian contractor was killed and four United States soldiers and two Iraqi soldiers were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Kata'ib Hezbollah and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Kirkuk

Location Details:
The incident occurred at the K1 base.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR)
Specific Description K1 Base
Nationality of Target International
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
At least 30 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
Additional Information The victims included an American defense contractor identified as Nawres Waleed Hamid, four American soldiers, and two Iraqi soldiers.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) No
Kata'ib Hezbollah No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 6 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 6
Number of U.S. Injured 4
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"American Contractor Killed in Rocket Attack in Iraq," The New York Times, December 27, 2019.
"Was U.S. Wrong About Attack That Nearly Started a War With Iran?," Feed, February 6, 2020.
"US conducts airstrikes in Iraq, Syria after contractor killed, American troops injured in rocket attack,", December 29, 2019.