Incident Summary:

10/27/2020: Assailants shelled military positions in Masaran, Idlib, Syria. This was one of seven related attacks targeting military positions throughout the country on this date. At least 12 soldiers were killed and an unknown number of soldiers were injured across all of the attacks. The National Liberation Front (NLF-Syria) claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was in retaliation for a Russian airstrike that had targeted a Faylaq Al-Sham training camp the previous day. Sources also attributed the attack to Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham.




Middle East & North Africa

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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 Military positions
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
Missiles were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
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
Al-Sham Legion No
Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham No
National Liberation Front (NLF-Syria) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Rebels fire 900 shells on gov't positions in northern Syria: monitor," Xinhua General News Service, October 27, 2020.
"Turkish-backed forces unleash large attack in retaliation for devastating Russian strikes,", October 27, 2020.
"Syrian rebels bomb regime positions following Russian airstrike which killed scores of opposition fighters," Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, October 27, 2020.