Incident Summary:

05/28/2015: Assailants attacked Syrian Armed Forces (SAF) soldiers along eastern Ariha city, Idlib governorate, Syria. There were an unknown number of casualties in the incident. This was one of three related attacks in Ariha on the same day. Ahrar al-Sham, Al-Nusrah Front, and Al-Sham Legion all claimed responsibility for the incidents.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Syrian Armed Forces (SAF)
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided (TOW) missiles, mortars, and multiple 23-mm machine guns were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
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
Ahrar al-Sham Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Al-Nusrah Front Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Al-Sham Legion 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 Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
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
"Fighters wrest town in Idlib from Syrian forces," Al Jazeera, May 29, 2015.
"Syrian Unrest: Roundup of Opposition, Pan-Arab Reports on Field Incidents 28 May 2015," OSC Summary, May 28, 2015.
"Syria: Al-Nusrah Front Operational Claims Roundup, 21-31 May 2015," OSC Summary, May 21, 2015.