Shayrat and Tiyas airbase ambush

The Shayrat and Tiyas airbase ambush was an armed attack on Shayrat Airbase and the Tiyas Military Airbase in the Homs Governorate, by the Free Syrian Army on 25 November 2011, during the Syrian Civil War. As the Syrian Government banned foreign journalists from entering the state, the exact location of the attack is unknown, although it is believed to have been at a military airbase in Homs Province between Homs and Palmyra,[1] possibly at the military airfield at 34°31′30″N 37°37′22″E. Ten Syrian Air Force personnel were killed.

Shayrat and Tiyas airbase ambush
Part of the Early insurgency phase of the Syrian Civil War
Date25 November 2011

FSA victory

  • Ambush successful
Free Syrian Army Syrian Air Force
Casualties and losses
None 10 killed

The attack

On the morning of 25 November 2011, members of the Free Syrian Army (regular Syrian army defectors), attacked a bus which was carrying pilots and other air force personnel. indicates that possible locations of the attack were the Shayrat and Tiyas airbases. Ten Syrian Air Force personnel were killed, including "six elite military pilots", one technical officer and three other base personnel.[2]

The Syrian military admitted that the ambush had taken place. A spokesman on state television said that "an armed terrorist group undertook an evil assassination plot that martyred six pilots, a technical officer and three other personnel on an air force base between Homs and Palmyra." The spokesman vowed revenge and claimed the attack was proof of foreign involvement in the uprising.[3]

The attack was claimed by the Free Syrian Army, who claimed seven military pilots were killed in the ambush.[4]


  1. "Al Jazeera Syria live blog". Al Jazeera Blogs. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  2. "Syria: Elite Military Pilots Reportedly Killed In Ambush". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  3. Syria: Six Elite Pilots 'Killed In Ambush'
  4. "More civilians killed by Syrian forces; U.N. voices alarm at torture of children". Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2014.

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