Incident Summary:

08/19/2014: Assailants attacked Tabqa Air Base in Raqqah governorate, Syria. In addition to 346 assailants, 171 soldiers were killed and 150 soldiers were abducted in the attack, which lasted for five days. An unknown number of hostages were killed; however, the fate of the remaining hostages is unknown. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Syrian Air and Air Defense Forces
Specific Description Tabqa Airbase
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 150
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
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.)
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
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 517 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 517
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 346
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"IS 'kills dozens of Syrian soldiers'," BBC, August 28, 2014.
"Islamic State group seizes Syrian air base," Al Jazeera, August 24, 2014.
"IS steps up attack on last Syria army bastion in Raqa: NGO," Agence France Presse -- English, August 20, 2014.