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17 August 2010 Baghdad bombings
Location Baghdad, Iraq
Date 17 August 2010
7:30[1] and 21:30 – (UTC+3)
Target Army recruits & Shias
Attack type
Suicide bombing and Truck bombing
Deaths 69+[2]
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrators Islamic State of Iraq (al-Qaeda in Iraq[2])[3]

The 17 August 2010 Baghdad bombings were two attacks in Baghdad, Iraq. The first attack in the morning was when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside the Iraqi Army division headquarters on potential recruits to the army, some of whom had queued for hours prior to the bombings, that killed over 60 and wounded more than 100. The second attack took place in the evening when a fuel truck exploded in a Shia neighbourhood, killing 8 and wounding 44.

On 19 August, the Islamic State of Iraq, an al-Qaeda front in Iraq, issued a statement saying it carried out the strike on the army recruitment centre.[4]


The bombing came amid uncertainty over the future government in Iraq following the Iraqi parliamentary election, 2010. One day before the attack former Iraqi Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi pulled out of coalition talks with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki following claims that al-Maliki was pushing for a sectarian division of government.[5]

Security forces have been targets of attack in the months prior to this bombing. The United States began to reduce its troop strength in Iraq, from just under 60,000 at the time of this bombing, to about 50,000 by 31 August, which was scheduled to be the formal end of combat operations.[6]

The bombing was the first major attack of the year's Ramadan, the most venerated month in the Islamic calendar.[7]


First bombing

Unemployed people had queued for hours outside an Army recruiting centre when a suicide bomber approached and detonated his explosives.[8] The recruiting location is near the Bab al-Muadhan (Great Gate) by the Tigris River and the former Iraqi Ministry of Defense building in downtown Baghdad.[7]

An interior ministry official said the majority of the victims were army recruits but there were also some soldiers who were protecting the recruitment centre among the casualties.[1] The casualties among these soldiers were at least three dead and eight wounded, with the overall total killed at over 60.[7]

Second bombing

On the same day another attack occurred at 21:30 in the majority Shia neighbourhood of Hay Ur. A bomb attached to a fuel truck loaded with kerosene exploded, killing eight people and wounding 44 more.[9]


On 19 August 2010 the Islamic State of Iraq, which includes al-Qaida in Iraq and other allied Sunni insurgent factions claimed responsibility for the attack. They boasted that its operative easily passed through checkpoints before detonating his explosives belt in a crowd of officers and recruits outside army headquarters [3]


  • A White House spokesman said "There obviously are still people who want to derail the advances that the Iraqi people have made toward democracy. But they are firmly on track. And we're confident that we're moving toward the end of our combat mission. The fact that there is a lot of competition for who is going to be running that country is a good thing."[10]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Scores killed in attack on army recruitment centre". France24. 17 August 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Alfano, Sean (17 August 2010). "Suicide bomber targets Iraqi army recruits, at least 60 killed, 125 wounded in gruesome blast". Daily News. Archived from the original on 19 August 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 [1][dead link]
  4. "al-Jazeera". al-Jazeera. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  5. "Iraq blocs suspend coalition talks". Al Jazeera. 16 August 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  6. "Bomber strikes Iraqi army recruits". Al Jazeera. 17 August 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Suicide Bomber Kills Dozens in Attack on Iraqi Army Recruits". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 19 August 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  8. BBC World. 17 August, 2010, 10:30.
  9. "Scores die in Baghdad bombings – Middle East". Al Jazeera English. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  10. "White House: Baghdad bomb 'won't derail democracy'". BBC News. 17 August 2010. Archived from the original on 19 August 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 

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