Incident Summary:

12/08/2016: Assailants opened fire on Syrian Armed Forces (SAF) soldiers in an unknown area in Homs, Syria. This was one of three related attacks targeting soldiers in Homs on the same day. At least 34 soldiers were killed across all three assaults. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) 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
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
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
Additional Information Casualty numbers represent a division of the total number of those killed across incidents 201612080018, 201612080019, and 201612080020.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 11 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 11
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Russian jets reportedly repel militants from ancient Syrian city," Washington Post, December 10, 2016."
"Syrian forces ‘fighting IS group militants on edge of Palmyra’," France24, December 10, 2016."
"ISIS kills 49 Syria regime fighters near Palmyra," Zaman al-Wasl, December 9, 2016."