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.
Iraq: Local media is reporting 3 civilians injured by Turkish strikes on the village of Spindar village, Dohuk province. [The Turkish govt says it has launched a major attack on Kurdistan following the murder of a local diplomat.] https://t.co/yfcVAUKqk3— Airwars (@airwars) July 19, 2019
"The carnage in Tajoura was foreseen and should have been avoided. The international community waited until it happened and then condemned it,.. Who has named the dead? Informed their families or laid them to rest?" Harsh criticism from @MSF of intl cmty. https://t.co/8ojAgjZ0HN— Airwars (@airwars) July 18, 2019
US media coverage of civilian harm during the war against ISIS was at times exceptional- but also, too often, poor.— Airwars (@airwars) July 17, 2019
Journalists tell us in their own words the challenges they face getting stories to print - and how newsrooms can do better. https://t.co/gWm0aWNBYN
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