Incident Summary:

01/28/2016: Assailants and suicide bombers driving 20 explosives-laden vehicles, including a truck with chlorine gas, attacked Tharthar region, Al Anbar, Iraq. At least 32 soldiers and 40 assailants were killed and 66 soldiers were injured in the ensuing clash. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Al Anbar


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Iraqi Army
Specific Description Headquarters
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Chemical Explosive
Weapon Details
Twenty explosives-laden vehicles, including one which contained chlorine gas, 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 40
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 72 Fatalities / 66 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 72
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 40
Total Number of Injured 66
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"New ISIL attacks kill more than 30 Iraqi forces," Al Jazeera, January 28, 2016."
"Iraq: Security Roundup 1900 GMT 28 January 2016," OSC Summary, January 28, 2016."