Incident Summary:

12/30/2019: Assailants opened fire on the vehicle of Sheikh Rafeh Hatim Al-Mashhadani in Al-Faris, Saladin, Iraq. A driver was injured and Al-Mashhadani, a tribal elder, and his uncle were abducted in the attack. The hostages were released the following day on December 31, 2019. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Al-Faris district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Vehicle of Tribal Elder: Sheikh Rafeh Hatim Al-Mashhadani
Nationality of Target Iraq
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilian: Sheikh Amer al-Mutlaq
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
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
Additional Information Hostage numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Kidnapping of Al-Mashhadani: The Al-Mashahada tribe cuts roads north of Baghdad," Al-Sharqiya, January 2, 2020.
"Sheikh Rafi Al-Mashhadani Found In l-Husainiya Police Station North Of Baghdad," National Iraqi News Agency (NINA), December 31, 2019.
"Gunmen kidnap a sheikh of Al-Meshahda tribe and his uncle north of Baghdad," National Iraqi News Agency (NINA), December 30, 2019.