Incident Summary:

12/10/2020: An explosives-laden vehicle detonated at a Turkish checkpoint in Ras al-Ain, Al Hasakah, Syria. At least 16 people, including Turkish soldiers, police, and civilians, were killed and 12 others were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to People's Protection Units (YPG).




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Al Hasakah

Ras al-Ain

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Turkish Armed Forces (TSK)
Specific Description Checkpoint
Nationality of Target Turkey
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Syrian Police
Specific Description Officers
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 Vehicle
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
People's Protection Units (YPG) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 16 Fatalities / 12 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 16
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 12
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Car bombing kills 16 in Turkish-backed rebel area in Syria," dpa-AFX International ProFeed, December 10, 2020.
"Turkish media highlights 11 Dec 20," BBC Monitoring, December 11, 2020.
"Syria: at least 16 killed, including three Turkish soldiers, after explosion," CE Noticias Financieras English, December 10, 2020.