Incident Summary:

11/30/2011: Unidentified assailants kidnapped Sheikh Thalaj Zaalan from his residence in Haditha, Al Anbar governorate, Iraq. His body was found the next day on the outskirts of the city; he had been beheaded. No group claimed responsibility for the incident and specific motive is unknown.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Al Anbar

Near Hadithah

Location Details:
On the outskirts of western Haditha, approximately 190 kilometers northwest of Baghdad

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilian
Specific Description Sheikh Thalaj Zaalan
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 1
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
No specific mention of weapons was but the body had been beheaded
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
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, December 1," Reuters, December 1, 2011.