Incident Summary:

12/13/2018: Assailants opened fire on Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) soldiers in Tall Rifat, Aleppo, Syria. At least one soldier was killed and four other soldiers were injured in the assault. The People's Protection Units (YPG) claimed responsibility for the attack. Sources also attributed the incident to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Tall Rifat

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Turkish Armed Forces (TSK)
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Turkey
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
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) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) No
People's Protection Units (YPG) People's Protection Units (YPG) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Monitor: Attack in northern Syria kills one Turkish soldier," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, December 13, 2018.
"Ankara - Turkish soldier killed in Syria's Afrin: ministry," AFP (North European Service), December 13, 2018.
"PKK/YPG terror attack kills 1 Turkish soldier in Syria's Afrin," TRT World, December 13, 2018.