Incident Summary:

06/12/2014: Assailants abducted an unknown number of soldiers as they departed from Camp Speicher in Tikrit city, Saladin governorate, Iraq. Nearly 3000 soldiers had been ordered by their commanding officers to take civilian leave, following the fall of Tikrit. An unknown number of these soldiers were captured by assailants, who separated out the Shia Muslims before taking them to various locations around Tikrit and the Tigris river for execution. At least two captives escaped by hiding among the already executed, but at least 1700, if not more, are now presumed dead. Multiple mass graves related to the incident have been discovered, though the Iraqi government lacks the resources to identify many of the found remains. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility and stated that the attacks were in revenge for the killing of ISIL leader Abdul-Rahman al-Beilawy.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Iraqi Armed Forces
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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 Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most reliable estimates are reported here. Approximately 70 bodies were discovered in a mass grave on March 18, 2018.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1700 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 1700
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Iraq exhumes 470 bodies of 'ISIL massacre victims'," Al Jazeera, May 28, 2015.
"Scene of Iraqi Massacre Becomes Shiite Pilgrimage Site," The New York Times, May 6, 2015.
"Iraq Empties Mass Graves in Search for Cadets Killed by ISIS," The New York Times, April 7, 2015.