Airwars closely monitors conflicts, to help improve understanding of how recent wars have impacted on civilians. Our regional researchers track local civilian harm allegations from news outlets and social media, with a present focus on Iraq, Syria and Libya. Other sources we monitor include international and local civic society groups; military reporting; and claims by non-state actors. Together, our monitoring helps reveal what civilians themselves are experiencing during times of war.
Airwars assesses each civilian harm incident to determine who was allegedly killed or injured, and by which belligerent. As a transparency organisation, we archive every known source, including associated imagery. All assessments are published in our growing civilian casualties database, alongside the names of thousands of reported victims. Since we began in 2014, we have tracked and assessed tens of thousands of reported civilian deaths in conflicts.
Our primary aim at Airwars is to help reduce harm to civilians. We do this both by improving public knowledge of how battlefield casualties occur; and by working where we can with militaries – helping them to improve their own understanding and admission of where, when and how civilians are harmed. Our advocacy team also engages with politicians and with broader civic society, to ensure civilian harm issues are given the highest priority.
Airwars works closely with journalists and researchers in the field - helping them to better identify reported civilian harm claims. And we also incorporate their findings into our own research - ensuring we build up as comprehensive a picture of battlefield casualties as we can. Through partnerships with major news organisations, our investigators have also published numerous in-depth reports on civilian harm - which in turn can help change public and political understanding.
Civilian casualties archive
Victim in focus
Mohammad Abd Al Hameed Jahjaj was allegedly killed by a US-led Coalition strike on September 23, 2014 in Kafr Daryan, Syria.
Mohammad Abd Al Hameed Jahjah likely died alongside his sister, mother and father when the house they were in was destroyed. The incident was reported by multiple local sources that included eyewitness accounts. CENTCOM maintains that the US-led Coalition was not responsible for the deaths, claiming the images were from an earlier Syrian Regime attack.
As we wait for formal announcements on the defeat of ISIS, some key stats:— Airwars (@airwars) March 23, 2019
- This was a major conflict, at 1,688 days lasting 3 months longer than WW1 and involving almost 80 countries in the broader campaign; 14 kinetic international allies; and local forces in Iraq and Syria. pic.twitter.com/RRaCrCtErH
MAJOR: Coalition allies the SDF are declaring ISIS defeated as a territorial entity, and Baghouz fully captured. A likelihood of further annoucements from international allies during the day. https://t.co/XYx4GWaiec— Airwars (@airwars) March 23, 2019
"The US president has said the same thing before and no liberation was announced."— Airwars (@airwars) March 22, 2019
Local SDF commander pushes back against Trump claims of imminent victory, saying it may take til the end of March or early April to clear all ISIS remnants from Baghouz: https://t.co/y52iQo8udq
مع بقاء داعش في قرية واحدة في دير الزور و انخفاض عدد الغارات الجوية بشكل كبير، لم سكن هناك خسائر بشرية بسبب أعمال قوات التحالف في الأسبوع الماضي. في هذه الأثناء ارتفغ عدد غارات النظام السوري (او الروسي) في ادلب وحماة. https://t.co/PJQnTAmrTL pic.twitter.com/03H32gWoii— الحروب الجوية (@AirwarsArabic) February 27, 2019