Incident Summary:

08/07/2017: Assailants, including suicide bombers driving explosives-laden vehicles, attacked Iraqi Volunteer Forces and Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) soldiers in Akashat, Al Anbar, Iraq. At least 36 soldiers were killed and 75 other soldiers were injured in the assault. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the incident.

GTD ID:
201708070012

When:
2017-08-07

Country:
Iraq

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Al Anbar

City:
Akashat

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Rutbah district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Iraqi Volunteer Forces
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Iraq
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC)
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Iran
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 Vehicle
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Unknown
Weapon Details
Explosives-laden vehicles and artillery 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) State Actor
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here. There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Iraqi Volunteer Forces officials accused the United States (US) of carrying out the attack; however, the US denied the claim.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 36 Fatalities / 75 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 36
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 75
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
Sources
"US denies bombing Iraqi Shi'ite militia near Syrian border," Jerusalem Post, August 8, 2017."
"US denies bombing Iraqi Shi'ite militia near Syrian border," United News of India, August 8, 2017."
"Iraq's Abadi says shelling by U.S. forces on paramilitary Shiite fighters not proved," Xinhua General News Service, August 8, 2017."