Incident Summary:

11/03/2018: Assailants opened fire on Bashir al-Faysal al-Huwaydi inside his vehicle along Al-Nour Street in Raqqah, Syria. Al-Huwaydi, the Al 'Afadilah Tribe chieftain, was killed in the assault. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attack and stated that the victim was targeted for his alleged collaboration with Kurdish armed groups. Sources also attributed the incident to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the Syrian Democratic Forces.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred along Al-Nour street.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Al 'Afadilah Tribe
Specific Description Tribal Leader: Bashir al-Faysal al-Huwaydi
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A pistol equipped with a silencer was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) No
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"Syrian tribes demand boycott of YPG/PKK in Raqqa due to killing tribal leader," MENA English (Middle East and North Africa Financial Network), November 5, 2018.
"Islamic State targets Syria's Raqqa with car bomb, casualties reported," Kurdistan 24, November 4, 2018.
"Weekly Roundup of Syrian Kurdish Affairs 12-18 November 2018," Summary, November 12, 2018.