Incident Summary:

03/14/2016: Assailants attacked a military barracks near Zankoura, Al Anbar, Iraq. At least 22 soldiers were killed, 16 soldiers were injured, and seven soldiers were reported missing. This was one of two coordinated attacks in the area on the same night. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the incidents.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Al Anbar

Near Zankoura

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unknown
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Iraqi Armed Forces
Specific Description Barracks
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
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
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources specifically stated that a military site was targeted in this attack; however, this incident is part of a set of coordinated attacks in which both military and non-military entities were targeted.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Al Anbar Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 22 Fatalities / 16 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 22
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 16
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Terrorism: Transcript of ISIL's Al-Bayan Radio Broadcast for 15 March," Twitter, March 15, 2016."
"Isis kills 22 Iraqi soldiers in Ramadi attack," International Business Times UK, March 14, 2016."
"Terrorism: Transcript of ISIL's Al-Bayan Radio Broadcast for 13 March," Twitter, March 13, 2016."