Incident Summary:

07/27/2019: A suicide bomber on a motorcycle detonated near a Syrian Armed Forces (SAF) checkpoint in Maliha al-Atash, Daraa, Syria. In addition to the assailant, at least six soldiers were killed and an unknown number of other people were injured in the blast. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Maliha al-Atash

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Syrian Armed Forces (SAF)
Specific Description Forces
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)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden belt and a machine gun was 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) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources stated that the suicide bomber detonated as the military was raiding a hideout.
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 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"IS claims attack targeting Syrian government troops in Daraa," Xinhua General News Service, July 28, 2019.
"Daesh claims deadly attack on Syrian gov't troops," Jordan Times, July 28, 2019.
"Suicide bomber blows up during military raid in Syria's Daraa," Xinhua News Agency, July 27, 2019.