Incident Summary:

08/27/2019: Assailants attacked Syrian Armed Forces (SAF) positions in Khan Shaykhun, Idlib, Syria. At least 23 soldiers and 20 assailants were killed and an unknown number of other soldiers and assailants were injured in the ensuing clash. Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham and the National Liberation Front (NLF-Syria) separately claimed responsibility for the incident. Sources also attributed the attack to Hurras al-Din.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Khan Shaykhun

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unknown
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Syrian Armed Forces (SAF)
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
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 Claimed Responsibility
Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Hurras al-Din No
National Liberation Front (NLF-Syria) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 43 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 43
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 20
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Syrian rebels' counter-offensive fails in Idlib," Xinhua General News Service, August 27, 2019.
"Northwest Syria clashes kill 51 fighters: monitor," Daily Times, August 27, 2019.
"Syrian activists: Insurgents strike back in rebel stronghold," Himalayan Times, August 27, 2019.