Incident Summary:

01/06/2018: Assailants attacked a Russian Navy station with three explosives-laden drones in Tartus, Syria. There were no reported casualties in the blasts. This was one of two related incidents targeting Russian bases in Syria on the same day. The Free Alawite Movement claimed responsibility for the attacks and demanded that Russian military personnel withdraw from Syria. Sources also attributed the incidents to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham, and Ahrar al-Sham.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Russian Navy
Specific Description Naval Station
Nationality of Target Russia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Remote Trigger
Weapon Details
Three remote-controlled homemade explosives-laden drones containing metal ball bearings 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 Authorities suggested the assailants had technical assistance from a state.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Free Alawite Movement Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham No
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
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"Russians foil drone attack; SYRIA," i - Independent Print Ltd, January 8, 2018.
"Hosted Product: Military Intelligence of the Czech Republic Daily Bulletin: 17 Jan 2018," Military Intelligence Daily Bulletin, January 17, 2018.