Incident Summary:

08/23/2014: A suicide bomber detonated explosives and assailants attacked Tabqa Air Base in Raqqah governorate, Syria. Fourteen assailants were killed and 150 others were wounded in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
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 No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Two suicide bombs, artillery, and heavy gunfire were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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 lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 14 Fatalities / 150 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 14
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 14
Total Number of Injured 150
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 150
"Syrian Army Inflict 'Heavy Losses' on ISIL at Al-Tabqah Military Airport, Force Militants To Retreat," SANA Online, August 23, 2014."
"Jihadists killed in new push to take Syria air base," The Daily Star Online, August 23, 2014."
"Third ISIL Attempt to Seize Tabaqa Airport Fails," Fars News Agency, August 23, 2014."