Ramadan Offensive (2006)

2006 Ramadan Offensive
Part of the Post-invasion Iraq
Date23 September 2006 – 22 October 2006

Al-Qaeda strategic victory

United States United States
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Denmark Denmark
El Salvador El Salvador

Al-Qaeda in Iraq

Commanders and leaders
United States Gen. George Casey

Abu Ayyub al-Masri

Abu Omar al-Baghdadi
Casualties and losses
97 killed (U.S.),
300+ killed (Iraqi Security Forces),[1]
2 killed (Denmark),
1 killed (U.K.),
1 killed (El Salvador)

The Ramadan Offensive refers to the attacks mounted by insurgents in Iraq during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan in 2006, three years after the original Ramadan Offensive.[2]

Among the targets were U.S., Iraqi and other Coalition military targets, but also a large number of civilians were also killed by death squads. Most of the civilian killings was conducted by the Mahdi Army who were seeking to purge the Sunni population of Baghdad. The offensive coincided with a Coalition operation called Together Forward which was to significantly reduce the violence in Baghdad which had seen a sharp uprise since the mid-February 2006 bombing of the Askariya Mosque, a major Shia Muslim shrine, in Samarra. However, the operation failed. Moreover, the insurgents managed take control of more than 80 percent of Baghdad. Also insurgents made huge gains in the western Al Anbar and southern Babil province. Forcing Coalition and Iraqi security forces from a large number of towns and cities. This period also saw the battle of Amarah, during which rouge Mahdi Army fighters fought with the police, who were members of the Badr Organisation, for control of the southern city of Amarah.


  1. Iraqi Interior Ministry says 119 policemen killed, 185 wounded in October - iht,africa,Iraq Violence - Africa & Middle East - International Herald Tribune
  2. McCarthy, Terry (19 October 2006). "'Ramadan Offensive' Challenges Security in Baghdad". ABC News. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
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