Incident Summary:

12/22/2018: Assailants, including at least 17 suicide bombers, armed with rocket-propelled grenades and firearms attacked Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) positions in and around Hajin, Deir ez-Zor, Syria. At least 17 assailants were killed and an unknown number of other assailants were injured while the SDF sustained an unknown number of casualties in the ensuing clash. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Deir ez-Zor


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)
Specific Description Positions
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Explosives-laden vests, rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), mortars, artillery, Dushka machine guns mounted on trucks, and Kalashnikov assault rifles 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) 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.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 17
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Isil launches fierce counterattack in Deir Ezzor after Trump's withdrawal announcement," Telegraph, December 22, 2018.
"IS continues to make claims against Syria Kurds despite major loss," BBC Monitoring, December 22, 2018.
"SDF: IS' gangs gathered its forces after US President's decision,", December 22, 2018.