A stunned survivor at the scene of an alleged Coalition strike on the Sunni Waqf building, September 27th 2015 (via NRN News)
A stunned survivor at the scene of an alleged Coalition strike on the Sunni Waqf building in Mosul, September 29th 2015 (via NRN News)

Reported civilian and ‘friendly fire’ deaths from Coalition airstrikes 2015

Listed are all known reports for 2015 – via generally credible sources unless otherwise indicated – of non-combatant and ‘friendly fire’ deaths allegedly caused by the Coalition. We include locations, dates and reported casualty numbers, as well as the names of victims where known. Also cross-referenced are any known US or allied airstrikes in the vicinity – and any coalition response to a reported incident.
Some photos have been masked because of their graphic content. Masks will disappear when your cursor is placed over them. We explain our grading system here. And you can find our complete 2014 casualty reports here.

Airwars monitors media and social media sites in both Iraq and Syria for claims of coalition-inflicted casualties. We also collate reports from regionally-focused monitoring groups which can include:
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
Syrian Network for Human Rights
Syria Violations Documentation Center
Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently
Iraq Body Count

Please note that this is an organic dataset, which reflects our latest current understanding of any particular event. Records are subject to change.

January 2015

January 2nd, 2015: Al Farhaniya and al-Subaihat, Ishaqi, south of Tikrit, Iraq
Summary: An airstrike by an unspecified belligerent reportedly killed 12 civilians including women and children, and wounded an additional 23. The deaths occurred during an Iraqi government offensive against Islamic State.
Civilians reported killed: 12

Reported injured: 23
Sources: NINA [Arabic], NINA, TV Baghdad [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Contested – source of airstrike unknown
Coalition position: No coalition airstrikes were officially reported in the vicinity of Tikrit between January 1st-2nd or 2nd-3rd 2015, and no non-combatant deaths have been conceded.

 

January 5th 2015: Ma’ar Hatat, Idlib governorate, Syria
Summary:
A single source, the Syrian Martyrs website, lists one civilian male as a victim of a coalition strike on Ma’ar Hatat in Idlib. He is named as Ahmad Mohammad Al Shahhad.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Martyrs [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights – lost report
Quality of reporting: Poor – single source

Coalition position: No coalition airstrikes have officially been confirmed as occurring in Idlib governorate between January 4th-5th or 5th-6th 2015.

 

January 11th, 2015: Qayyarah, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: A single source claimed that a coalition strike on the town of Qayyarah near Mosul killed and injured “dozens.”
Civilians reported killed: “Dozens”

Reported injured: “Dozens”
Sources: News of Iraq [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Poor – single source
Coalition position: The coalition reported heavy strikes in the vicnity of Mosul for January 10th-11th 2015: “Near Mosul, four airstrikes struck an ISIL armored vehicle, an ISIL tactical unit, and a large ISIL unit and destroyed an ISIL armored vehicle, five ISIL vehicles, and 21 ISIL boats.
There were additional strikes for January 11th-12th: “Near Mosul, five airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and two large ISIL units, and destroyed four ISIL vehicles, an ISIL VBIED, two ISIL armored vehicles, an ISIL semi-truck, an ISIL mortar system, three ISIL buildings, three ISIL boats, and an ISIL tank.

 

January 11th 2015: Dayr az Zawr, Dayr az Zawr governorate, Syria
Summary:
Extensive coalition air raids on Islamic State-controlled oil fields reportedly killed four civilian oil workers, according to a number of sources. Local website Stepagency listed what it said were the targets struck: “The alliance planes at dawn today launched more than five raids targeting Islamic State near the town of Abu Kamal in the villages of Hassrat, Al Mujawira, Al Sayyal and Hajeen in the east of Deir Ez Zawr governorate. They continued their heavy bombardment of al Mayadeen in the evening , targeting the old electricity building and oil wells in the desert in both Mayadeen and Bokros. They also targeted Ain Ali near Al Kouria, and Abu Hamam in Shai’tat and Al Ward oil field.” Locals tweeted that “Dayr Ezzor is under fire” during the air raids.
Residents later described a ferocious US-led attack: “The attack was terrifying as it is the first time the bombing was that strong. I looked up and the sky was red like fire because of the missiles, and then I learned from a relative that the refinery was targeted.”
In a later email exchange with Airwars, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that four civilians later died of injuries sustained during the bombing: “An engineer and three workers from the eastern countryside of Dayr Ez Zawr died on January 13th, following a bombing two days earlier by the allies on an oil refinery in Mayadeen.”
The Syrian Network for Human Rights also reported 4 civilian deaths, naming those killed as:
Ibrahim Mohammad As-Soulymane;
Ryad Mohammad Al-Khatter;
and Maher Hamad Al-Allawee, all from At-Toub village near Dayr az Zawr; Mohammad Awad Al-Hussien, 24, a petroleum engineer from Al-Mayadeen, who was married with a one-year old daughter.
Syrian Martyrs named a possible fifth victim of the event as Mohammad al Sobhi.
SNHR also insisted that only civilians were present at the time of the attack: “As the witness testaments show, there were no vehicles or members of ISIS near the refinery, as it is owned by the victims’ family. The closest ISIS base in the area is 8 km from the refinery.”
Civilians reported killed: 4-5
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Stepagency [Arabic], Dayr az Zawr local Tweet ][Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [email exchange with Airwars], Syrian Network for Human Rights [Arabic] [English], YouTube [destroyed refinery]
Quality of reporting: Fair. Multiple witnesses, photographic and video evidence, confirmed coalition strikes.
Coalition position: Despite the large scale air attack described by multiple witnesses, the coalition officially confirmed only one airstrike in the immediate vicinity for January 11th-12th 2015, noting only that: “Near Dawr az Zawr, an airstrike struck an ISIL oil refinery.”


Destruction at Syrian oil refinery following major US-led
air raid, in which 4 civilians reportedly died (SNHR)

 

January 14th 2015: Um Al Nayr or Kaferzita, Hama, Idlib governorate, Syria
Summary:
A female civilian, named as Nala Hassan Fahed Al Hamwia, a civil engineer, was reported by a single source (Syrian Martyrs) to have been killed in a coalition airstrike. Confused reporting placed her death either at Umm Al Nayr near Hama, or at nearby Kaferzita.
However, VDC stated that Um al Nayr died in an attack by Assad regime helicopters, which dropped barrel bombs on the village.
Civilians reported killed: 1, a woman
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Martyrs [Arabic], Violations Documentation Center, YouTube [‘aftermath of barrel bombing’]
Quality of reporting: Contested

Coalition position: No US strikes are officially reported in Idlib governorate between January 13th-15th 2015.


Aftermath of ‘Assad regime barrel bombing’,
Um al Nayr, Syria Jan 14 2015


Um al Nayr ‘after Assad regime bombing’ Jan 14 2015

 

January 15th 2015: Al Tayana, Dayr az Zawr governorate, Syria
Summary:
The website Syrian Martyrs identifies one man it says was killed in a coalition airstrike near Dayr Ezzawr. He is named as Abd Al Min’im Farhan Al Kawan, a resident of Tayana, the village where he was killed.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Martyrs [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights – report lost
Quality of reporting: Poor – single source

Coalition position: No coalition airstrikes were publicly reported in Dayr az Zawr governorate on either January 14th-15th or January 15th-16th 2015.

 

January 18th 2015: Al Tayana, Dayr az Zawr governorate, Syria
Summary:
An adult civilian male, Bandar al-Shereeda, was reported by a number of sources as killed in a coalition airstrike on his neighbourhood.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Human Rights Committee daily report [Arabic], Al Sharq al Arabi Centre [Arabic], Violations Documentation Center [Arabic], Committees for the Defense of Democracy, Freedoms and Human Rights in Syria [Arabic], Dayr az Zawr TV Facebook page [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair, though no confirmed coalition strikes in vicinity
Coalition position: No coalition airstrikes were publicly reported for Dayr az Zawr governorate on either January 17th-18th or January 18th-19th 2015. A spokesman also later told Airwars that “no Coalition airstrikes have taken place in the vicinity” on that date.

January 19th, 2015: Al Shaddadi, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary: An internal CENTCOM review cited reports from the ‘pro-opposition’ Step News Agency that three civilians had died when Coalition missiles struck homes in al-Shaddadi. According to the news site, “two civilian houses were targeted leading to the martyrdom of three from one family and several wounded including women and children.”
The Coalition concluded that its aircraft were not responsible, with no strikes on the day at the reported location: “J2 [military intelligence] conducted a review of recent strikes in and around Al Hassakah. 2 engagements found.
#1894 JAN15, ISIL personnel targeted 66KM NE of Al Hassakah. Not IVO [in vicinity of] city or structures. #1918 JAN15 covered Revetment, 25KM SE Al Hassakah. Occurred after reported time.”
As a result the Coalition decided the claims were “Not credible. No further action required.”
Civilians reported killed: 3
Reported injured: 4 or more
Sources: CENTCOM document, Step News Agency [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Disproven
Coalition position: COALITION-ASSESSED INCIDENT
On January 18th-19th 2015 the Coalition publicly reported: “Near Al Hasakah, three airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and an ISIL artillery system.”

And on January 19th-20th 2015 it was additionally reported that “Near Al Hasakah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL bunker.

January 21st, 2015: Kisik or Kiske Junction, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: A Canadian airstrike at Kisik Junction was alleged to have killed between 6 and 27 civilians, according to an internal CENTCOM report. The source was an English-speaking peshmerga fighter, who had passed on his concerns to Coalition Special Forces based in Iraq.
The Canadian attack had targeted “an ISIL sniper/ HMG [havy machine gun] position on the roof of a building within an ISIL-occupied compound, which correlates with the alleged report.”
A Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) spokesman told Airwars in August 2015 that Canada’s own investigation of the incident – which involved reviewing video and strike records – had concluded there was no case to answer: “The review uncovered no evidence of civilian casualties. Furthermore, it was re-confirmed that the target was a valid military objective from which ISIS was firing a heavy machine gun at Iraqi Kurdish troops. The area in question is still within ISIS held territory.”
Reuters reported on the airstrikes at the time (naming the town as Kiske) but made no mention of civilian deaths. The Kurdish regional Government also later claimed that 200 ISIL fighters had died in a successful peshmerga assault on the town which had begun on January 21st.
Canada had been singled out by Airwars in August 2015 as the most transparent member of the international Coalition. Even so, CAF took more than eight months to publicly admit to possible civilian casualties at Kisik Junction. The Globe and Mail has also reported that Defence Minister Jason Kenney was “never made aware” of the allegations.
Civilians reported killed: 6-27
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: CENTCOM document, Reuters, Kurdish Regional Government announcement, Ara News[Arabic], Almada Press [Arabic], Globe and Mail, Globe and Mail (2), CBC News, Globe and Mail (3)
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: COALITION-ASSESSED INCIDENT
Canada reported two incidents near Mosul on the day, though with Kisik Junction to the west of the city the latter appears most likely: “‘On 21 January 2015, while taking part in coalition missions in support of Iraqi security forces ground operations conducted north-east of Mosul, one CF-188 Hornet successfully struck ISIL fighting positions on three different occasions, using precision guided munitions.
On 21 January 2015, while taking part in coalition missions in support of Iraqi security forces ground operations conducted northwest of Mosul, CF-188 Hornets successfully struck an ISIL fighting position using precision guided munitions.”
In addition, the Coalition reported for January 21st-22nd 2015 that “Near Mosul, 16 airstrikes struck two large ISIL units, two ISIL tactical units, an ISIL building, and an ISIL mortar team, and destroyed six ISIL culverts, two ISIL bridges, three ISIL buildings, an ISIL artillery system, 11 ISIL vehicles, an ISIL fighting position, six ISIL staging positions, two ISIL heavy weapons, an ISIL VBIED, and four ISIL armored vehicles.”

Grab from a Reuters video detailing the Iraqi assault on Kisik Junction, January 21 2015

Grab from a Reuters video detailing the Iraqi and Coalition assault on Kisik Junction, January 21 2015 (see above for more details)

January 22nd? 2015: Aski Mosil, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: An internal CENTCOM report identified concerns of civilian fatalities raised by local Nineveh MP Abd al Rahman al-Luwayzi.
According to the MP, “Arab families, fleeing the area of Aski Musil were targeted by copalition aircraft, killing or wounding ‘scored of civilians.” The town is situated on the banks of the Tigris River to the north west of Mosul, and is easily identifiable on most maps.
Despite the report, CENTCOM determined that there was “insufficient information to determine time and location of the incident.” As a result the claims were deemed “Not credible. No further inquiry required.
There was no attempt by the Coalition to contact Mr al-Luwayzi at the time, the MP told Airwars..
Civilians reported killed: Multiple
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: CENTCOM document,
Quality of reporting: Weak
Coalition position: COALITION-ASSESSED INCIDENT
Awaiting confirmation of date

January 22nd, 2015: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: An internal CENTCOM report cited a Tweet by an Iraqi “self proclaimed freelance journalist” (identified as Mr Zyad al-Senjary) who had posted a photograph of “a partially-destroyed house and claimed 2 children were killed and several Iraqis injured in a UAV [drone] strike.”
An initial CENTCOM inquiry identified 32 total Coalition engagements in Nineveh for January 21st-22nd: “Initial assessment is that only 2 strikes possible for this allegation (one was engaged by UAV; both had UAV coverage.” These were listed as airstrike numbers 1980 and 1990.
Despite this apparent link to Mr al-Senjary’s allegations, the Coalition swiftly deemed his report “Not credible. No further inquiry required.
Civilians reported killed: 2, both children
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: CENTCOM document, Tweet
Quality of reporting: Poor – presently single source
Coalition position: COALITION-ASSESSED INCIDENT

January 23rd, 2015: At Tash, Ar Ramadi, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: An internal CENTCOM report cited a Tweet on January 23rd as claiming that 6 members of one family had been killed in a Coalition strike in Anbar province.
The identity of the tweeter was redacted in a publicly-released version of the file, though they were described as “Pro-ISIL… reported coalition airstrikes killed 6 family members in the area of At Tash in Ar Ramadi on an unspecified date.
Two coalition airstrikes numbered 1917 and 1921 were identified as possible culprits.
However it was then noted that it was “Impossible to correlate two strikes above with allegation.” It was subsequently decided the claim was “Not credible. No further inquiry required.
Civilians reported killed: 6
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: CENTCOM document, Tweet
Quality of reporting: Weak
Coalition position: COALITION-ASSESSED INCIDENT
Although CENTCOM privately reported two strikes which might have been responsible, only one was reported publicly.

January 24th, 2015: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
The previously-secret CENTCOM file also noted reports by redacted “prominent anti-ISIL Twitter users” that “civilians are being killed in the bombardment.”
With so few details to go on, CENTCOM concluded that there was “insufficient evidence to determine date and time of any specific allegation.”
Civilians reported killed: Unknown
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: CENTCOM document,
Quality of reporting: Weak
Coalition position: COALITION-ASSESSED INCIDENT

 

January 25th 2015: Aleppo, Aleppo governorate, Syria
Summary:
One source, the Syrian Martyrs website, identified a single non-combatant victim of a coalition strike in Aleppo – named as Abu Khadija al Jolani, a resident of Idlib.
However, all other sources described al Jolani as a combatant (sometimes known as ‘The Emir of Jabhat Al Nusra in Aleppo’), who fought with the Al Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front. He was described as killed in an assault by the Syrian Army on January 25th.
In a third version of events, the Siraj agency claimed Abu Khadija actually died on January 28th, succumbing to injuries received on January 19th in a coalition airstrike on his vehicle. Another Nusra Front commander, Abu Omar al-Hamwi, reportedly died at the scene. How the militant commander was then able to tweet four days later is unclear.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Martyrs [Arabic], Mojez [Arabic], Baladna Online [Arabic], Siraj Agency [Arabic], Final tweet [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Disproven

Coalition position: No coalition airstrikes were publicly reported for the vicinity of Aleppo on either January 24th-25th or January 25th-26th 2015.
If Abu Khadija was in fact targeted on January 19th, one confirmed incident might match: “Near Aleppo, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.”

Al Jolani, 'the Emir of Aleppo', wrongly described in one report as a non-combatant
Al Jolani, ‘the Emir of Aleppo’, wrongly described in one report as a non-combatant killed in a coalition strike (via Google image search)

Jolani’s last tweet, dated January 23rd 2015

 

January 28th, 2014: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary:
Citing a police source in the city, NINA claimed that nine civilians were killed and seven injured in an international coalition airstrike: “The source said that ‘the international coalition targeted the homes of civilians which resulted in the killing and injuring of dozens of civilians’… He pointed out that ‘the bodies of the martyrs arrived at the forensic medicine in Mosul and the injured were taken to hospital for treatment.‘”
Civilians reported killed: 9, including 3 women and a child
Reported injured: 7
Sources: NINA, Al Mustaqbal News [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Poor
Coalition position: According to the coalition, between January 27th-28th 2015: “Near Mosul, two airstrikes destroyed an ISIL checkpoint, six ISIL shipping containers, and four ISIL fighting positions.”
On January 28th-29th 2015 it was additionally reported that “Near Mosul, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL weapons storage facility.”

 

January 29th 2015: Al Tayana, Dayr az Zawr governorate, Syria
Summary:
A non-combatant civilian male from the town of Al Kussair near Homs was reported killed in an airstrike. He has been named as Abd Al Rahman Ahmad Bkar.
While Syrian Martyrs attributed the strike to the coalition, VDC blamed the Assad regime. Other reports were unclear. The location of the man’s death was also confused, given variously as Aleppo-Kobane, or eastern al Buwaida near Homs.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: Unknown

Sources: Violations Documentation Center [Arabic], Human Rights Organisation of Syria [Arabic], Committee for the Defence of Democracy, Freedoms and Human Rights in Syria [Arabic], Kurdish Organisation of Human Rights (DAD) [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Contested

Coalition position: Five coalition airstrikes are confirmed for the vicinity of Kobane for January 28th-29th 2015: “Near Kobani, five airstrikes struck an ISIL fighting position, three ISIL tactical units, and a large ISIL unit.” An additional two strikes are confirmed for January 29th-30th: “Near Kobani, two airstrikes struck two ISIL staging positions and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and one ISIL vehicle.”

 

February 2015

February 2nd 2015: Shadadi, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary:
Major coalition air raids on the oil fields around Shadadi reportedly led to the deaths of up to four non-combatants. Residents described a significant attack, with one site reporting: “Among the most prominent oil fields targeted were Al Rawees and Al Howyaziah east of Shadadi. The fires are also still burning in Kabiba close to the gas factory, north of Shadadi. Eyewitnesses confirmed that the flames and sound of explosions were seen and heard dozens of kilometers from the bombing site. The villages near the oil fields have seen a large displacement of civilians who left for fear of further raids, as the coalition’s flights are still being seen and heard flying overhead.
According to SNHR, Ibrahim al-Mussul [sometimes al-Musjul], almost 70, died with his two daughters Jozah Ibrahim Al-Mussul (27), and Zahra Ibrahim Al-Mussul (25 years old) when their mud-built home near to an oil field was bombed. Eyewitness and near neighbour Mahmoud al-Hadidya told the group: “The home has been completely destroyed, killing Ibrahim with his two daughters… and had turned their bodies to pieces. We found Ibrahim’s hand next to the house, and we were collecting bits of flesh and body parts until the early hours of the following morning.”

Another eyewitness, named by ARA news as local resident Suleiman Al Awda, said “the raid caused the death of Ibrahim Almusjul and all members of his family, after targeting of the Gona oil fields near his home by coalition aircraft.” The family was buried in Hadidiya Cemetery. There were additional claims that “dozens” of civilians were injured in the coalition attack.
CENTCOM investigators were made aware of the alleged deaths within 24 hours, a declassified report later revealed, noting that “Coalition aircraft reportedly killed a family in an attack on their house near the Ghunah oilfields“.
However it was swiftly concluded that the claims were “not credible.” In a highly-redacted section of the report, it was also noted that the Combined Air Operations Center in Qatar “assesses not enough information to confirm credibility.”

Civilians reported killed: 3
Reported injured: “Dozens”
Sources: Syrian Martyrs [Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic], Thiqah Syrian Press Centre [Arabic], Thiqah [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights [English] [Arabic],YouTube [burning oil fields at Shadadi], ARA News [Arabic], Declassified CENTCOM report, Thiqah (2) [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair. Eyewitnesses, photographic and video evidence, confirmed deaths of named victims and confirmed coalition strikes at location.
Coalition position: COALITION-ASSESSED INCIDENT
The coalition confirmed air strikes at the location for February 2nd-3rd 2015, reporting that: “Near Al Hasakah, two airstrikes struck multiple ISIL oil pump jacks and destroyed four ISIL mobile drilling rigs.”

Ibrahim al Mussul, a shepherd reportedly killed with his two daughters Jozah and Zahra in a US airstrike on his home, February 2nd 2015 (SNHR)

Ibrahim al Mussul, a shepherd killed with his two daughters Jozah and Zahra in a reported US airstrike on his home, February 2nd 2015 (via SN4HR)


Footage of burning oil fields at Shadadi, February 2nd 2015

February 2nd-3rd 2015: Shadadi, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary:
In a second alleged incident in the area for this night, it was reported that civilian oil workers died in a Coalition attack. According to Thiqa, “preliminary reports refer to the fall of the martyrs among civilians working in the oil, as well as a number of wounded civilians arrived at the field hospital located in the region , while the fate of dozens of other civilians remains unknown as it is not possible to reach the area because of the intensive coalition flights over the area.
An internal CENTCOM investigation noted allegations on Twitter that the Coalition had “targeted the oil refineries in Kubaniyah, Al Hawl, and Tishrin in Al Hassakah governorate, killing several employees and workers.” A heavily redacted summary concluded that there was “not enough information to confirm credibility.”

Civilians reported killed: 2 or more
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Thiqah [Arabic], YouTube [burning oil fields], Declassified CENTCOM report
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: COALITION-ASSESSED INCIDENT
The Coalition confirmed air strikes at the location for February 2nd-3rd 2015, reporting that: “Near Al Hasakah, two airstrikes struck multiple ISIL oil pump jacks and destroyed four ISIL mobile drilling rigs.”

February 3rd, 2015: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: An internal post-strike review for CENTCOM of full-motion video revealed a “possible child entering a targeted bunker and then disappearing out of the field of view (FOV) approximately 19 minutes before Strike.”
The dynamic strike, conducted by a French Mirage 2000 using a Bu-49 bomb, killed an estimated five enemy fighters.
Claims that a child had died were deemed “not credible” by military intelligence officers, who decided “that individuals struck were fighters.
Airwars researchers could find no reference to a child fatality for this date, although reports did note an intensification of Coalition strikes on the city.
Civilians reported killed: 1, a child
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: CENTCOM document, Rudaw [Arabic], Karbala News [Arabic], Airwars, Le Monde [French]
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: COALITION-ASSESSED INCIDENT
France reported participating in a Coalition air raid on Mosul on February 3rd: “Dans la soirée, la force Chammal a participé à un raid aérien de la coalition dans la région de Mossoul, visant à détruire une usine servant à la fabrication d’engins explosifs improvisés.”
For February 3rd-4th the Coalition also noted that “Near Mosul an airstrike struck an ISIL IED factory.

February 4th, 2015: Ar Raqqah, Al Raqqah governorate, Syria
Summary: An internal CENTCOM review cited claims from a redacted Twitter user that “Coalition aircraft killed an entire family in an airstrike on Ar Raqqah ‘in response to the killing of Jordanian pilot Mu’adh al-Kasasibah.’ The allegation was accompanied by an attached photo showing the alleged victims wrapped in white cloth.
An internal review found that there had been no Coalition strikes at Ar Raqaa since February 2nd 2015, noting that the claims were “Not credible. No further inquiry required.”
A search by Airwars found no additional claims of civilian casualties at the time, though it was reported that the Coalition had stepped up surveillance over the city on February 4th: “Activists reported several coalition surveillance planes flying over the city starting from dawn today, at a time that IS is fortifying its military presence in the city of Raqqa and Tal Abiyad. The organisation has announced a curfew for civilians from 11 pm until dawn.”
Civilians reported killed: 4 or more
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: CENTCOM document, Siraj Press [Arabic], Video of Coalition planes over Ar Raqaa
Quality of reporting: Disproven
Coalition position: COALITION-ASSESSED INCIDENT
See above.

 

February 6th 2015: Ar Raqqah, Al Raqqah governorate, Syria
Summary
: A Jordanian airstrike against an “ISIL weapons compound” – in coordination with the US military – allegedly killed US aid worker and hostage Kayla Mueller, along with up to 30 militants from Islamic State. The US later said that “with the information that we have there’s no evidence of civilians in the target area prior to the coalition strike taking place.”
ISIS later sent Kayla’s family photographic proof of her death, which was then shared with the US intelligence community for analysis. According to White House spokesman Josh Earnest, the information “did not allow them to reach a conclusion as to the precise cause of her death.”
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights later claimed that ISIL suffered major losses in the attack, which was in retaliation for the burning to death of a captured Jordanian pilot: “At least 30 jihadists, and certainly more, were killed in coalition raids on Friday against positions and depots sheltering military vehicles and tanks, east and west of the city of Raqqah.”
Internally, CENTCOM reported that “Jordan officially denied the allegation,” adding that “Analysis of photographs indicates individual was unlikely killed by airstrikes.” Claims that the Coalition had killed Mueller were therefore dismissed as “Not credible. No further inquiry required.”
Civilians reported killed: 1, and up to 30 militants

Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Islamic State [Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, New York Times, Syrian Network for Human Rights [Arabic] [English], White House press briefing video, Declassified CENTCOM video
Quality of reporting: Fair

Coalition position: COALITION-ASSESSED INCIDENT
Initial reports for February 6th-7th 2015 only referred to the following: “Near Al Hasakah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL mobile oil rig.”
The coalition has since confirmed a Royal Jordanian Airforce strike at the location, in co-ordination with the US military, though says it is unable conclusively to say whether Kayla Mueller died in the attack.

Aid worker and hostage Kayla Mueller, reportedly killed in a coalition airstrike in Syria, February 6th 2015.

Aid worker and hostage Kayla Mueller, reportedly killed in a coalition airstrike in Syria, February 6th 2015.

The building in which ISIL claims US hostage Kayla Mueller died in a coalition airstrike, February 6th 2015.

The building in which ISIL claims US hostage Kayla Mueller died in a coalition airstrike, February 6th 2015.


White House press briefing on Kayla Mueller’s death, Feb 22nd 2015

 

February 6th 2015: Al Shadadi, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary:
A coalition airstrike allegedly killed four unnamed civilian males in the vicinity of Al Shadadi, according to VDC. The Step news agency reported multiple coalition strikes in the vicinity: “The Alliance today carried out a number of raids on ISIL targets south of Al Hassakah. Five missiles fell on the city of Shadadi followed by 8 more on the organisation’s barriers around Shadadi including barrier number 47 where 5 members were killed and a further 14 wounded, most of them in critical conditions. Other strikes targeted… the southern entrance to the city of Al-Hasakah.”
Another news site reported a major coalition raid, describing more than 20 attacks around Shadadi and adding that “there are reports that there have been civilian deaths.”
Civilians reported killed: 4, and 5 or more Islamic State militants
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Step news agency [Arabic], Syrians’ News [Arabic], Violations Documentation Center [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: The coalition reported airstrikes in the vicinity on both February 5th-6th and February 6th-7th 2015, noting respectively that “Near Al Hasakah, an airstrike struck multiple storage and staging facilities” and that “Near Al Hasakah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL mobile oil rig.

 

February 8th, 2015: South of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary:
An alleged coalition airstrike struck a vehicle on the road between Mosul and Baghdad, which was carrying Jordanian mosque janitor Ahmed Abdul Aqi [sometimes Baqi], his wife and daughter. All three died in the incident. The driver of the car Ahmed al Azzawi (pictured below) also died according to his family.
In a detailed report on the deaths, Alghad Press said that Aqi was making the trip because he was critically ill, and could not receive treatment in Islamic State-controlled hospitals. He had spent days getting the necessary ISIL permits to travel: “He was so poor that he had to sell some of his wife’s jewellery to pay for the trip by taxi.” The alleged airstrike on the vehicle was reported as occurring about 100km south of Mosul, near Kanu: “This was the third such incident in a week which had turned that only route out of the town into a dangerous trap for innocent civilians.
The cousin of the driver later confirmed to Airwars by email that Ahmed al Azzawi had died, along with Aqi’s family, in what he described as an airstrike.
Civilians reported killed: 4, including a child
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Activist Google+ page [Arabic], Iraqi Spring website [Arabic], Facebook commemoration page [Arabic], Al Ghad Press [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair. There appears little doubt that the family and their driver died, although it is unclear in what circumstances.
Coalition position: No public report from CJTF-OIR for February 7th-9th appears to match this incident.

Ahmed Abdul Baqi shown in a recent photograph prior to his death (via Facebook)

Ahmed Abdul Baqi shown in a recent photograph prior to his death (via Facebook martyr’s page)

 

Ahmed Al Azzawi, the driver of a car alleged to have been struck by a coalition aircraft (family photos via Facebook)
Ahmed Al Azzawi, the driver of a car alleged to have been struck by a coalition aircraft (family photos via Facebook)

 

February 11th 2015: Kbeibah, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary:
Two oil workers were killed and others injured in a coalition airstrike on a house used by workers, according to a number of sources The dead were named as 28-year old Foad Athal Al-Waka’a (or Foua’d Al-A’zal) and Abu Ali al-Mashhadani. Both were buried at Hadida Cemetery.
The status of the victims is not clear. Following a field investigation, SNHR notes: “Residents of that area told us that the victims were local staff who assist ISIS in the sale of oil and operations of the existing wells in Kbeibah; guard them at night; and help in organising the cars that come to buy oil from these existing wells. It should be noted that ISIS requires one to pledge their allegiance in order for them to give them jobs. However, this does not mean that everyone who swears allegiance to ISIS is obliged to take up arms and fight at their side. Many have sworn allegiance to ISIS just to get a job.”
Civilians reported killed: 2

Reported injured: “Several”
Sources: Syrian Network for Human Rights [Arabic] [English], Syrian Organisation for Human Rights [email with Airwars], Violations Documentation Center [Arabic], Syrian Martyrs [Arabic], Siraj Press [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair, though combatant status of victims remains unclear.

Coalition position: The coalition has reported airstrikes in the vicinity for both February 10th-11th 2015 (“Near Al Hasakah, an airstrike struck multiple ISIL storage and staging facilities“) and for February 11th-12th 2015 (“Near Al Hasakah, an airstrike struck multiple ISIL oil pump jacks.“)

 

February 17th, 2015: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary
: According to NINA, citing a security source, nine members of a family – including women and children – died after coalition warplanes “bombed a house at dawn in the Althaqafiyah residential complex area in the north of Mosul, suspected of being taking a den or a hideout by Daash terrorists.
Civilians reported killed: 9, including 2 women and 3 children
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: NINA, Wattaen News [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Poor – effectively single source
Coalition position: For February 16th-17th 2015 the coalition has confirmed that “Near Mosul, two airstrikes destroyed an ISIL mortar position and an ISIL fighting position.”

For February 17th-18th it additionally reported: “Near Mosul, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, three ISIL fighting positions and destroyed an ISIL excavator and an ISIL vehicle.

 

February 17th, 2015: Makhmoor, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary
: According to a single source, local eyewitness claimed one unnamed civilian was killed and five others were severely injured after the coalition allegedly bombed several areas in Makhmoor, south of Mosul
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: 5
Sources: Fursan al Malham [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Poor – single source, although the coalition did confirm intense activity at the location.
Coalition position: No publicly reported coalition strikes for February 16th-18th 2015 match this location.

 

February 17th/18th, 2015: Haditha, Iraq
Summary: Local sources in Haditha reported that up to 15 civilians were killed and an unknown number were injured after an alleged coalition airstrike hit Albu Haiyat mosque at midday prayers. Al Iraq News stated that among those killed were captured “members of the Iraqi security forces who are were being guarded at the mosque.
However an internal CENTCOM review concluded that “nearest coalition strike to Haditha was 34km and was not within close enough proximity to be considered credible.
The Iraqi Spring Media Centre named ten of those it said were killed as
Suleiman Moslih Asabahani;
Ali Suleiman Moslih Asabahani;
Hamdi Suleiman Moslih Asabahani;
Nima Suleiman Moslih Asabahani;
Adnan Bedewi Ali Asabahani;
Udei Bedewi Ali Asabahani;
Salah Salim Muslih Asabahani;
Abdul Same’e Abid Salih Asabahani;
Yasir Rafe’e Bedwi Ali Asabahani;
Omar Rafe’e Bedwi Ali Asabahani.
Others reported that 12 of those killed were brothers and cousins from the same clan, the Sbahnas – the eldest aged 90.
Civilians reported killed: 12-15
Reported injured: 2-4
Sources: Al Iraqi News [Arabic], Iraqi Spring Media Centre Facebook page [Arabic], Al Maydeen [archived], Al Gharbiya News [Arabic], FARS News, Facebook condolence page [Arabic], I-News [Arabic], Wattaen News [Arabic], Media Sunni Iraq [Arabic], Declassified CENTCOM file, Airwars
Quality of reporting: Likely disproven
Coalition position: COALITION-ASSESSED INCIDENT
No coalition airstrikes have been officially reported at Haditha between February 17th-18th 2015. A spokesman also later told Airwars that “no Coalition airstrikes have taken place in the vicinity” on the dates in question.
However Iraqi security sources had insisted to local media that the strike was the work of the coalition.

27-year old engineer Yassir Rafeh, killed in a reported coalition airstrike at Haditha, February 17th 2015.
27-year old engineer Yassir Rafeh, killed in a reported coalition airstrike at Haditha, February 17th 2015 (via Iraqi Spring)

 

February 18th 2015: Al Shadadi, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summar
y: It was reported that one civilian male was killed in a coalition airstrike at al Shadadi, named as Hussein Ali Al Kalut. According to Thiqah he was in the area by chance when coalition aircraft struck: “One civilian was killed and others wounded yesterday (Thursday), when coalition aircraft bombed several areas of the rural southern city of Al-Hasakah.” Activists in the city confirmed the death of Hussein Ali Al Kalut after a coalition airstrike on “Junction Al Mreijab in the 47 area of the city.”
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Martyrs [Arabic], Thiqah [Arabic], Siraj [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights – report lost
Quality of reporting: Poor – single source

Coalition position: Air strikes were confirmed in the vicinity on both February 17th-18th and February 18th-19th 2015, with the coalition reporting respectively that “Near Al Hasakah, an airstrike struck multiple ISIL oil pump jacks” and that “Near Al Hasakah, two airstrikes struck multiple ISIL oil pump jacks and destroyed an ISIL checkpoint.

 

February 22nd 2015: Madash near Shadadi, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary:
A number of sources report that up to 10 civilians, including possibly children, were killed after the coalition mistakenly bombed the wrong village. According to the Stepagency site: “Today six children and a few other civilians were killed in the village of Salima after the coalition planes bombed the village by mistake as it was supposed to bomb the village of Khuza’a, which lies next door and where fierce battles are taking place between IS and Kurdish militia. A number of other civilians were martyred when the coalition bombed the villages of Lazzaka and al Taweel.”
Other sources reported only two non-combatants killed, named as Sarhan Khodar Al Abbas and Ali Hijab Al Abbas.
Civilians reported killed: 2-10, including possibly 6 children

Reported injured: 3
Sources: Syrian Martyrs [Arabic], Step Agency [Arabic], Masar Press [Arabic], Syrian Human Rights Committee [Arabic], Eldorar [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Poor. Confused beyond reports of two deaths. No additional details of children allegedly killed.
Coalition position: The coalition has confirmed 13 airstrikes in the vicinity. It reports that for February 21st-22nd 2015, “Near Al Hasakah, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units.”
For the following day, “Near Al Hasakah, 11 airstrikes struck ten ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL bunker and an ISIL fighting position.”

 

February 23rd 2015: Tal Hamis, Al Qamishli, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary: According to Syria’s Violations Documentation Center, a coalition airstrike at Tal Hamis – scene of a major battle between Kurdish forces and Islamic State at the time – resulted in the death of a male teenager named as Sleiman Al-Khada’an.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Violations Documentation Center [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Poor. Single source, though a generally credible reporting agency citing a named victim, at the scene of known coalition strikes.

Sleiman (VDC)
Sleiman al-Khada’an (VDC)

Coalition position: The coalition did not begin referencing airstrikes at Tal Hamis until February 27th-28th. Prior to then it is likely that any strikes were grouped with activity around Kobane.
For February 23rd-24th the coalition notes that “Near Kobani, six airstrikes struck an ISIL large tactical unit, three ISIL tactical units, two ISIL fighting positions and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL checkpoint and an ISIL vehicle.”
For the preceding 24 hours it notes that “Near Kobani, six airstrikes struck an ISIL large tactical unit, four ISIL tactical units, an ISIL fighting position and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions.”

 

February 23rd 2015: Al Jaysee, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary:
It was reported that a coalition airstrike in the vicinity of Al Hassakah had killed three unnamed civilians: “The car was bombed while it was on the bridge of a village near the town [of Al Hassakah] which led to the death of three civilians, displaced from the city of Tal Hamis,” according to Thawrah. The location was identified by other sources as the village of al-Jesse
According to Step Agency, the international coalition had targeted a number of militant vehicles in the vicinity that day: “From its side coalition flights struck ISIL gatherings in the countryside of the town of Tal Tamer after it took control of several villages and had seized several SUVs from Kurdish units. These cars were targeted by the coalition with strikes.” However Step Agency also described those killed in al-Jesse as non-combatants.
Civilians reported killed: 3
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Thawrah website [Arabic], Siraj Press [Arabic], Step Agency [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: The coalition has confirmed multiple airstrikes in the region. For February 22nd-23rd it notes: “Near Al Hasakah, 11 airstrikes struck ten ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL bunker and an ISIL fighting position.
For the following day it additionally reports: “Near Al Hasakah, 10 airstrikes struck nine ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles.

 

February 24th, 2015: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary:
Reported coalition airstrikes on multiple locations in eastern Mosul -said to be occupied by Islamic State forces – allegedly kills 14 civilians, including women and children. According to NINA, medical forensic teams in Mosul “received 14 dead bodies belonging to civilians, [who] were killed in al-Zohour , al-Tahrir, al-Bunook [also known as Al Massaref] and al-Muthanna neighborhoods.
Herak also confirmed heavy coalition strikes on the city. While it made no mention of civilian deaths, it noted one witness as saying: “Several other air strikes by international aircraft targeted the airport, which led to panic amongst residents – many of whom left those areas due to the intensity of the shelling.”
Civilians reported killed: 14
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Al Mustaqbal News [Arabic], NINA, BasNews [Arabic], Herak [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair

Coalition position: A major coalition air raid on Mosul on February 24th 2015 is confirmed. According to CJTF-OIR: “Near Mosul, three airstrikes struck an ISIL large tactical unit, multiple ISIL checkpoints, an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed 11 ISIL buildings, two ISIL armored vehicles and seven ISIL vehicles.”
Additionally, Canada noted that “‘On February 24, 2015, while taking part in coalition operations in support of Iraqi security forces, CF-188 Hornets successfully struck three ISIL fighting positions north of Mosul using precision guided munitions.

 

February 24th, 2015: Garma near Fallujah, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary:
Seven civilians from one family – including young children – were killed and 8 injured when a house was allegedly struck by a coalition aircraft. However other sources attributed the attack to an artillery assault by the Iraq Army.
The dead were later named by the Iraqi Spring Centre as:
Khudhir Mohammad Farhan Al-Juboori (father);
Ahmad Khudhir Mohammad Farhan (son);
Ahlam Abid Nasir (mother);
Najla’a Kareem Hussein Al-Jumeili (mother),

and her daughters Rimas Sadiq Mohammad and Iman Sadiq Mohammad.
Also reported killed was Taha Khalil Ibrahim.
Seven additional people were named as severely injured in the event: school headmaster Kareem Mahdi Salih Al-Halbousi; food supply agent Mohammad Tha’ir Al-Mara’awi; Hakima Khalifa Awad; Ala’a Raid Khairallah; Hamid Mohmoud Salim; Hamid Khalaf Awad and Ahmad Thair Abdullah.
In a later report, Baghdad TV claimed that as well as ‘a family of six’ killed in the strike, an additional 14 civilians had died after a total of seven homes were struck.
Local elder Sheikh Mohammed Jumaili demanded that “the federal government open an extensive investigation into the bombing of the coalition flights of civilian targets and homes within the area, despite the absence in the region of any armed groups.
However, an internal CENTCOM assessment concluded that “The nearest coalition strike IVO [in vicinity of] Al-Kharmah was a single Hellfire missile targeting a Da’ish DsHK weapon 3.5km SW of Al-Karmah, IRQ on 23 FEB 15.”

Civilians reported killed: 7-20
Reported injured: 8
Sources: Erem News [Arabic], Iraqi Spring Media Centre Facebook page, photograph of slain family, photograph of destroyed house, YouTube video [GRAPHIC: Bodies of slain family], YouTube video [residents search for survivors], YouTube [Al Karma clans protest airstrikes on city], YouTube [hospital interview with child victim of strike], Baghdad TV [Arabic], GRAPHIC Islamic State Media [Arabic], Al Watan [Arabic], Islamic State propaganda [Arabic], NINA [Arabic], Declassified CENTCOM file
Quality of reporting: Contested. Eyewitness testimony. Named dead. Video and photographic evidence. Coalition strikes in immediate vicinity, though counter-claims of Iraq Army action

Coalition position: COALITION-ASSESSED INCIDENT
For February 23rd-24th 2015 the coalition reported a single attack: “Near Fallujah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun.”

For the following day the only Anbar strike was reported at Ramadi.


GRAPHIC: Bodies of slain family, Fallujah February 26 2015

Islamic State propaganda issued in the wake of the alleged coalition airstrike
Islamic State propaganda issued in the wake of the alleged coalition airstrike at Garma February 25 2015

 

February 25th/26th, 2015: Al Qaim, Iraq
Summary:
According to Reuters, a coalition airstrike which killed 17 Islamic State militants also caused the deaths of 9 non-combatants: “The hospital source in al-Qaim, a town on the Euphrates River, said nine civilians were killed and 29 militants were wounded in the strike by the U.S.-led coalition which is bombing Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria. Some of the wounded were taken across the border to Syria for treatment.”
In what may be the same or a separate incident, Reuters also reported that Islamic State radio had claimed that three people were killed and women and children were injured, in a strike near al-Qaim.
Al Arabiya confirmed a heavy airstrike on al Qaim, though made no mention of civilian casualties: “The raids, which were carried out following detailed intelligence, targeted five locations for Daesh, and the extremists fired extensively their anti aircraft weapons. The raids resulted in the deaths of dozens of members and leaders of the organization, including senior leaders, namely: Abu Muslim al-Turkmeni, Abu Muslim Al Shishani (Chechen), and Abu Ubaidah al-Azzawi and Thamer Mohammed.
Internally CENTCOM dismissed the claims of civilian deaths, noting that “reflections were that a major ISIL leader was killed in the strike.”
However military intelligence sources also appeared to have confused the source of civilian casualty allegations (hospital personnel) with the location of the strike itself: “The target was clearly identified as an insurgent meeting house/ staging house, and was not a hospital,” J2 personnel insisted.

Civilians reported killed: 3-12
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Reuters, ARA News[Arabic], Al Arabiya [Arabic], Declassified CENTCOM report
Quality of reporting: Fair. Eyewitness medic report

Coalition position: COALITION-ASSESSED INCIDENT
The coalition has confirmed an airstrike at Al Qaim for February 25th-26th 2015. According to CJTF-OIR: “Near Al Qaim, an airstrike struck an ISIL training camp.

 

February 25th/26th, 2015: Ar Rutbah, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary:
According to Reuters, another coalition airstrike caused significant casualties in Ar Rutbah: “Coalition planes bombed al-Rutba district, 385 km west of Baghdad, killing six Islamic State militants and 11 civilians, according to a source in the local hospital.” ARA News placed the civilian death toll from coalition strikes at Rutba at 10.
Civilians reported killed: 10-11 civilians, and 6 to 9 ISIL militants
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Reuters , ARA News [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair. Eyewitness medic report, though no confirmed coalition strike in vicinity

Coalition position: The coalition reports a strike in the vicinity for February 25th-26th 2015: “Near Ar Rutbah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

 

February 26th 2015: Al Hussainiyah, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary:
A woman named as Leila Nasser Al-Khalaf – said to be the mother of four children – was reported killed in a coalition airstrike on the town of al-Hussainiyah, according to sources.
Civilians reported killed: 1, a woman
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Violations Documentation Center [Arabic], Eldorar [Arabic], Syrian Human Rights Committee [Arabic], The Free Syria [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair – named victim at specific location.
Coalition position: The coalition has confirmed airstrikes in Al Hassakah governorate for both February 25th-26th and February 26th-27th 2015. It notes respectively that “Near Al Hasakah, four airstrikes struck four ISIL tactical units” and that “Near Al Hasakah, three airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL armored vehicle and an ISIL VBIED.”

 

February 28th, 2015: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary:
Sources in Mosul claimed that coalition airstrikes hit a residential neighbourhood in the city, “killing 17 civilians, including six children, and wounded another 23 who were taken to hospitals in Mosul.” According to BasNews, Daesh/ Islamic State appeared to have recently shifted its headquarters and military positions “into residential neighborhoods,” a move which had likely contributed to the high civilian casualties.
NINA gave the same casualty figures, citing medical sources in the city. Rudaw placed the death toll at 24 with 24 injured, citing security sources.
Civilians reported killed: 16-24, including 6 children
Reported injured: 23-24
Sources: BasNews [Arabic], NINA, Rudaw [Arabic], Hathalyoum [Arabic], Al Araby al Jadeed [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair

Coalition position: Seven coalition airstrikes at Mosul were confirmed in this period. For February 27th-28th 2015 it was reported: “Near Mosul, three airstrikes destroyed an ISIL mortar and an ISIL fighting position.
For February 28th-29th 2015 it was stated that “Near Mosul, four airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units, an ISIL building, an ISIL excavator and destroyed an ISIL building.

 

March 2015

March 3rd, 2015: Fallujah, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary:
Aircraft bombed a primary school and a hospital in the Jamhouriya neighbourhood of Fallujah, reportedly killing up to 12 civilians and injuring 9. Local media reported that children were among the dead, including 11-year old Suhaib Jassem Batawi. According to Arabi21, the attack was the work of the Iraq Air Force and had killed three schoolchildren.
However, the incident occurred during significant military action involving both the Iraq Army and Shia militia, with US airstrikes also taking place in the area, making attribution difficult.
Civilians reported killed: 3-12
Reported injured: 4-9
Sources: Iraq Spring Media Centre, YouTube video [post explosion, aircraft audible], YouTube video [bombing aftermath], Iraqi Spring Media Centre [picture of alleged missile fragment], Arabi21 [Arabic], Herak photos said to depict children fleeing school [Arabic] Baghdad Chrs website [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Contested, with multiple combatants in vicinity.

Coalition position: The coalition has confirmed major airstrikes at Fallujah on on March 3rd-4th 2015. According to CJTF-OIR:Near Fallujah, five airstrikes struck an IED factory, an ISIL VBIED factory, an ISIL weapons storage facility and destroyed an ISIL armored vehicle and an ISIL vehicle.”

Schoolchildren fleeing an airstrike of unknown origin, Fallujah, March 3rd 2015.
Schoolchildren fleeing an airstrike of unknown origin, Fallujah, March 3rd 2015.

 

March 5th, 2015: Bartalah, near Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary:
According to NINA, a source in the forensic medicine department of the local hospital reported that numerous civilians died “in bombing by the international coalition aircraft [which] targeted a stronghold of the Islamic State in Bartalah north of Mosul.” Among 16 alleged civilian victims were five children and two women, whose bodies were said to have been transferred to the hospital.
Iraq4All confirmed airstrikes near Bartalah, noting: “Islamic State elements have been shooting at the Peshmerga forces on a daily basis from those sites that were bombed.” However, it made no mention of civilian casualties.
Civilians reported killed: 16
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: NINA [Arabic], NINA [English] Iraqi Spring Media Centre, Iraq4All [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Poor, contested.

Coalition position: Three coalition airstrikes in the vicinity of Mosul have been confirmed around this time. On March 4th-5th, the coalition reported: “Near Mosul, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.” And on March 5th-6th, “Near Mosul, two airstrikes [1 Canadian] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL anti-aircraft artillery system.”

 

March 6th 2015: Bukamal, Dayr az Zawr governorate, Syria
Summary:
Up to five non-combatants including a woman and two infants were reported killed in an alleged 1pm Coalition airstrike on the Aisha hospital in the town of Bukamal.
The Violations Documentation Center named the woman killed as Baida’ Hamoud Al-Hamshari (described as pregnant by SOHR in an email to Airwars.) Also reported slain were two babies, who according to eyewitnesses died when the hospital’s incubator room was badly damaged. Saad Abdulla al Hamad from al She’afa also reportedly died from his injuries some time later. Two additional unnamed adult civilians may have died.
Civilians reported killed: 4-6, including a woman and 2 infants
Reported injured: 4
Sources: Violations Documentation Center [Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [email to Airwars], Committees for the Defence of Democracy, Freedoms and Human Rights in Syria [Arabic], Developmental Interaction Network [Arabic], Syrian Martyrs [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights, BBC News
Quality of reporting: Fair, with named victims
Coalition position: For March 5th-6th 2015, the coalition reports only that “Near Dayr az Zawr, an airstrike struck an ISIL crude oil collection point.”
Coalition member the United Arab Emirates appeared to claim the strike, noting thatAircraft targeted a number of operating and extraction points and crude oil pipelines controlled by the organization, with the aim of depriving Daesh of sources of income and to dry up funding for terrorist operations.” [translation from Arabic.]

Aisha hospital's badly damaged incubator room, in an image taken from an ISIL propaganda video
Aisha hospital’s badly damaged incubator room, in an image taken from an ISIL propaganda video


EXTREMELY GRAPHIC: ISIL propaganda video March 2015

 

March 6th, 2015: Garma suburb of Fallujah, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary:
An alleged coalition air strike on Garma hospital in east Fallujah reportedly killed one doctor and injured five other medical staff. According to Al Sumaria TV, one source stated that “the bombing of the hospital was due to the presence of armed men belonging to Daesh inside.
However the Iraqi Spring site attributed the attack to Iraqi government forces, noting that “Garma Hospital east of Fallujah has been shelled by government’s army accompanied by Iranian forces and swarms militia, resulting in the killing of one medical staff member and the wounding of five.”
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: 5
Sources: Al Sumaria [Arabic], Iraqi Spring Media Centre [photographs of damage], NINA [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: According to the coalition, on March 5th-6th 2015Near Al Qaim, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL bulldozer.”

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An abandoned medical glove at Garma hospital, Fallujah, according to the Iraqi Media Centre

 

March 8th 2015: Atama, Idlib governorate, Syria
Summary:
Sources reported that five unnamed civilian were killed – along with fighters with the al-Nusra Front – in an airstrike on the Syria-Turkey border town of Atama. The building targeted was described as the local headquarters of the al-Nusra Front, an al Qaeda linked faction occasionally targeted by US forces.
Photographs and videos depicted heavy airstrikes within the town, which is also in near proximity to a camp for internally displaced peoples (IDPs.).
According to Siraj, six non-combatants died in the attack, which “completely destroyed a number of houses, and caused material damage in others. The hospital in Atma also sustained minor damage, in the area west of Afrin majority inhabited by Syrian Kurds.”
Hawa cited local residents as saying that following the attack, “elements from Al Nusra Front surrounded the scene of the bombing and prevented civilians from approaching, along with the closure of many shops in the town to its doors after the bombing.”
Civilians reported killed: 5-6 civilians, and 9 al-Nusra Front fighters
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Hawa News Agency [Arabic], YouTube [immediate aftermath of airstrike on Atama], Turkpress [Arabic], Siraj Press [Arabic], BBC News
Quality of reporting: Fair

Coalition position: The coalition made no official mention of any airstrike at Atama, noting only for March 8th-9th 2015 that “Near Kobani, five airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, an ISIL modular oil refinery and destroyed seven ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.”

Reported coalition airstrike in close proximity to IDP camp, Atama, Syria March 8 2015 (TurkPress)
Reported coalition airstrike in close proximity to IDP camp, Atama, Syria March 8 2015 (via TurkPress/ social media)


Aftermath of Atama, Syria airstrikes which reportedly
killed 5 civilians
March 8th 2015

March 8th, 2015: Mundbaith Refinery, Tal Abyad, Syria
Summary: Up to 30 people, including civilian oilworkers and alleged ISIL militants, died in a night time strike on Mundbaith Refinery according to multiple reports. Ara noted that “The bombing also caused the breaking of glass in houses near the border including shops on the Turkish side, causing panic among the population, and the evacuation of houses near the border city of Agca Kalla.” One badly injured civilian was named as Abdullah Abd Al Abdullah.
According to an internal CENTCOM assessment, a review quickly concluded that the claims were “Not credible” the Combined Air Operations Center also concluded that there was “insufficient information to determine CIVCAS.” The declassified report also noted that care had been taken before the strike to ensure that no oil transportation trucks were in the vicinity.

Civilians reported killed: 14-15 civilians, 15 ISIL fighters
Reported injured: 1 or more
Sources: Reuters, Associated Press, BBC News, Reuters Arabic, ARA News [Arabic], DHA, TRT [Arabic], SLN News [Arabic] CENTCOM document
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: COALITION-ASSESSED INCIDENT
The Coalition noted for March 8th-9th 2015 that “Near Kobani, five airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, an ISIL modular oil refinery and destroyed seven ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.”

Responding to a query from Airwars, Centcom stated on October 27th 2015 that “After careful review and based on the best available evidence” it had found that “allegations of civilian casualties by the Coalition were unfounded and deemed not credible.”


US airstrikes hit Munbaith Refinery, Syria March 8th 2015

 

March 9th, 2015: Tilkaif, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: Eight civilians including three women were claimed by NINA to have been killed in a coalition airstrike on Tilkaif, 20km north of Mosul. A dozen militants also reportedly died in the attack.
Civilians reported killed: 8
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources:NINA [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Poor – single source
Coalition position: Only one coalition airstrike was reported in the vicinity of Mosul around this period, on March 9th-10th 2015: “Near Mosul, an airstrike suppressed an ISIL vehicle.

 

March 11th, 2015: Ramadi, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary:
At least 29 and as many as 50 soldiers and Shia militia (and possibly some civilians) were killed in a major incident in Ramadi. A local Iraq Army headquarters was badly damaged in the event. A week later a militia spokesman said that 13 bodies had been recovered but that the site was now too dangerous to continue retrieval operations, with at least 16 more bodies still buried.
Attribution was confused. Iraqi MP Hanan al-Fatlawi claimed that up to 50 troops, militia and onlookers had died as a result of “an international coalition airstrike.” The coalition denied it was responsible, while admitting it had carried out a strike in the vicinity. The Iraqi military also insisted that Islamic State was responsible for the attacks.
An alternative explanation for the deadly incident was offered by Sabah Karhout, head of Anbar’s provincial council, who told Reuters “the blast was caused by explosives planted in an underground tunnel beneath the military headquarters.” The government also insisted that the attack was initiated by Islamic State – and that 13 bodies had been recovered.
However Iraqi soldiers interviewed by Russia Today Arabic at Ramadi shortly after the event insisted that the coalition was indeed responsible. One told the news channel: “After US jets bombed our battalion they kept silent about it. Our operation leader talked about a tunnel, and it is a 100% lie. I am ready to be punished or interrogated for saying that, because we have a living eyewitness who confirms that an airborne missile came from a particular direction.”
Friendly forces reported killed: 13-50
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Reuters, Al Jazeera [Arabic], Al Sharqiya [Arabic], NINA, Russia Today [Arabic], Shafaaq News archived [Arabic], All Iraq News, YouTube [militia spokesman Yousif Al Kilabi – Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Contested – either coalition or Iraqi aircraft, or a ground-based explosion

Coalition position: The coalition has confirmed that for March 11th-12th 2015, “Near Ramadi, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
In its own report Reuters noted: “The [Iraqi] military source said 22 soldiers had been killed when an aircraft, which he said was from the U.S.-led coalition, bombed the headquarters of an army company on the edge of Ramadi city, Anbar’s provincial capital. A military spokesman for the coalition said it had carried out an air strike in the area on Wednesday but that it had hit a position held by Islamic State fighters. ‘This strike did not result in any friendly casualties,’ Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Gilleran said.
However Iraqi military sources have insisted that “Iraqi aircraft had not operated in the area for two months. ‘We don’t have any Iraqi war planes carrying out combat duties in Anbar,” Reuters was told.

 

March 13th, 2015: Hatra, Kirkuk province, Iraq
Summary: A US airstrike ‘likely’ killed at least four civilians when a pair of vehicles was hit during an attack on a reported ISIL checkpoint, a CENTCOM investigation later concluded. A later investigation by the Washington Post found that eleven civilians actually died – including 5 children, four women and two civilian drivers.
According to a declassified CENTCOM report issued November 20th 2015, the US airstrike by an A-10 Warthog took place at Hatra at 12.18pm local time, and was a target of opportunity.
But also present at the enemy checkpoint were two civilian vehicles, which aircrews and analysts failed to properly identify in the short time between the release of a GBU-38 missile and impact. In the ensuing strike, both civilian cars were also destroyed.
The tragic events of March 13th were never publicly reported at the time. Instead, the owner of one of the vehicles destroyed in the airstrike later wrote to the Coalition asking for compensation. In a redacted email, the owner reveals that her own KIA car was carrying a family of two children and three women along with a civilian driver. Another vehicle, a GMC with another family in it was also present.

A major investigation by the Washington Post identified the two families killed. The first was that of the driver of the Kia, along with his grandmother, aunt, sister and two children. In the GMC, the driver died along with the family of an Iraqi police comander: “A provincial government official in northern Iraq told Ekabee that the family of a lieutenant colonel with the Iraqi police had been burned alive in the GMC Suburban. ‘What happened to me, you can’t even imagine,’ the colonel said last month in interview with The Washington Post. He said his 9-year-old daughter; two sons, ages 10 and 16; his wife; and the driver were killed in the attack. He spoke on the condition of anonymity because he still has family trapped in Mosul.
The Hatra incident was initially made public with the release of another declassified CENTCOM document which identified 45 problem incidents involving Coalition aircraft.
Coalition commander Lt General John Hesterman signed off on the completed CENTCOM investigation noting: “I concur with the findings and conclusions of the IO [investigating officer], who substantiated by a preponderance of the evidence that civilian casualties had occured.”
Civilians reported killed: 11, including 5 children and 4 women
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: CENTCOM document, Dorar al-Iraq [Arabic], Al Maalomah [Arabic], CENTCOM Investigation into Hatra Event, Airwars, Geographical imaginations blog, Stars and Stripes, Defense News, Washington Post, Global Post, Washngton Post,
Quality of reporting: CONFIRMED INCIDENT
Coalition position: The Coalition reported that for March 13th-14th 2015, “Near Kirkuk, four airstrikes struck one large ISIL unit and two ISIL tactical units and destroyed four buildings, three ISIL machine guns, and three ISIL vehicles,” the closest published match to this event at the time.

The partly redacted testimony of an Iraqi car owner which led Centcom to conclude it had killed civilians in Iraq on march 13th 2015
The partly redacted testimony of an Iraqi car owner which led Centcom to conclude it had killed civilians in Iraq on March 13th 2015
Coaliton commander Lt General John Hesterman signs off on the investigation
Coaliton commander Lt General John Hesterman signs off on the Hatra investigation

March 19th, 2015: Hawijah, Kirkuk province, Iraq
Summary: An internal CENTCOM review of a Coalition strike on an ‘ISIL weapons assembly area’ at Hawijah identified a possible issue. According to the report, “ISR imagery showed that an unintentional potential ClVCAS may have occurred. Unidentified and unexpected personnel were seen IVO [in the vicinity of] the detonations. CAOC is assessing.
A more detailed assessment of weapon system video led to a determination that casualty claims were “not credible.”
Airwars researchers have identified no reports of civilians killed that day, although there was news of heavy fighting in Hawijah itself as ISIL fighters retreated from outlying villages.
Civilians reported killed: Unknown
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: CENTCOM document, Bas News [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Weak
Coalition position: COALITION-ASSESSED INCIDENT
For March 19th-20th 2015, the Coalition reported that “Near Al Hawayjah, an airstrike struck an ISIL IED factory.”

 

March 23rd 2015: Tikrit, Iraq
Summary: In what has been characterised as a ‘friendly fire’ incident, Iranian authorities accused the United States of killing two of its advisers in a drone strike during the battle for Tikrit. US officials claimed that their airstrikes on the city only began two days later.
The two Iranian advisers, named as Hadi Jafari and Ali Yazdan were advising Shia militias involved in the recapture of Tikrit from Islamic State. Iranian state media described Yazdani as military (giving no rank) and said that Jafari was a volunteer. AFP reported Iranian sources as saying the men died in an operation against Islamic State.
The Guardian cited two named military officials as denying any US or coalition involvement. “We have no reason to believe that this claim is true, and we have no information to corroborate this claim,” Col Wayne Marotto told the British newspaper. However others were more circumspect with AP, which noted “Another U.S. official said Monday that the United States had seen no information to back up Iran’s claims, but that officials were looking into it.”
Friendly forces reported killed: 2 ‘friendly fire’
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Rudaw [Arabic], Rai Alyoum/ AFP [Arabic], Al Jazeera [Arabic], Guardian, Associated Press, Russia Today
Quality of reporting: Fair – with named fatalities and official claims of a ‘friendly fire’ incident from Tehran

Coalition position: The United States has denied carrying out any strike at Tikrit prior to March 25th.
The only other nation employing armed drones in Iraq – the UK – also publicly reported no strikes on Tikrit before the evening of March 25th 2015.

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The funeral in Tehran of two Iranian military advisers, claimed to have been slain in a US strike at Tikrit, March 23 2015 (via Fars News Agency)

 

March 25th 2015: Fallujah, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary:
Local residents reported that seven civilians died in a coalition airstrike on Fallujah, with 22 more injured. There were claims that a number of neighbourhoods were hit, including in the west and south of the city. A resident of Fallujah of unknown status, named as Shawki Al-Abdal Saidi, put out a press statement claiming that the coalition, “launched a number of air attacks on the city, on Wednesday, killing seven civilians and wounding 22 others, including women and children.”
Al-Sharqiya reported that both coalition and Iraqi military aircraft participated in the assault, with additional artillery bombardment.
Civilians reported killed: 7
Reported injured: 22
Sources:Erem News [Arabic], Al-Sharqiya [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Poor (few substantiating details) and contested, with multiple possible sources.
Coalition position: The coalition has confirmed for March 24th-25th 2015 that: “Near Fallujah, five airstrikes struck four ISIL tactical units, an ISIL vehicle and destroyed two ISIL excavators and an ISIL vehicle.”
In addition, for March 25th-26th it noted: “Near Fallujah, three airstrikes struck three ISIL tactical units and two ISIL fighting positions.

 

March 28th, 2015: Tal Afar, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: According to an internal CENTCOM document, according to a self-reported night time incident involving an American aircraft may have caused civilian casualties: “US F-16 may have unintentionally struck the nearest collateral object (NCO) and unintentionally struck a car that moved into the FOV [field of view.]
The outcome of any investigation at the time the document was collated (most likely early May 2015) was not known.
Local media did describe a car as being among the objects destroyed in Coalition raids on the day.
Civilians reported killed: Unknown
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: CENTCOM document, Al Balad [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair. Open investigation as of early May 2015
Coalition position: COALITION-ASSESSED INCIDENT
For March 27th-28th 2015, the Coalition reported that “Near Tal Afar, two airstrikes destroyed one machine gun, one building and one excavator.”

And for March 28th-29th 2015 it was also reported that “Near Tal Afar, three airstrikes struck an ISIL large tactical unit, an ISIL storage facility, an ISIL fighting position and destroyed an ISIL building and an ISIL heavy machine gun.”

 

April 2015

April 3rd, 2015: Al Waeliyah, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary:
Abdarahman Alloizi MP, a deputy in the Iraqi parliament, claimed that as many as 26 civilians from one family died, when the coalition struck a house near Mosul, in the village of Al Waeliyah.
Civilians reported killed: 26
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: NRT TV [Arabic], Al Ghad Press [Arabic], Al Iraq Times [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Poor – single source with few details

Coalition position: The coalition has confirmed a major strike in the vicinity of Mosul for April 3rd-4th 2015: “Near Mosul, an airstrike struck one large ISIL unit, one ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL machine guns, an ISIL bulldozer, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL rifle.”
The British also confirmed they had carried out a strike in the vicinity: “‘Around midnight on Friday and into Saturday [April 3rd-4th 2015], a further Tornado patrol conducted an intensive series of successful strikes to help disrupt an attempted ISIL attack south-east of Mosul. The first target was a vehicle which was hit by a Brimstone missile. Two more Brimstones and four Paveway IVs were used against an armed pick-up truck and five terrorist positions.”

 

April 4th, 2015: Fadhiliya, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary:
Five Kurdish non-combatants, all from the same family, died in a reported coalition strike on the village of Fadhiliyah, near Mosul. A major field investigation by the Guardian later identified the dead as:
Hazem Abdulla Shahin, 69
His wife Nadya Nouri Dawoud, 60
Their son Laith Hazem Abdulla, 43
His pregnant bride Hana Ali Abdulla, 43
Their eight-year-old daughter Danya Laith Hazem.
Three family members survived the attack though were injured. Rahim, an eyewitness and relative, told the Guardian: “We wrapped the dead in blankets and buried them the same day.
CENTCOM later confirmed that the coalition had struck targets at Fadhiliya on April 4, with a spokesman adding that it was “looking into this further”. Local MP Mala Salim Juma Mohammad said he had been able to confirm that the family had no connection to militants, adding of the strike that “It was a mistake. The coalition needs to compensate the family adequately.”
A declassified CENTCOM report published in August 2015 revealed that a US A-10 Warthog had struck the village, in response to a ‘troops in contact’ request by a unit labelled the Irbil Strike Cell. As the report notes, “Strike imagery shows a structure in the strike radius” and a formal investigation was launched into the attack.
This later concluded that no civilians had died in the event, with CENTCOM presently refusing to expedite publication of the report.

Civilians reported killed: 5
Reported injured: 3
Sources: Almada Press [Arabic], Sotal Iraq [Arabic], Al Quds [Arabic], Guardian, Airwars, Guardian (2), Declassified CENTCOM report, Guardian (3)
Quality of reporting: Good
Coalition position: COALITION-ASSESSED INCIDENT
The coalition has confirmed a major strike in the vicinity of Mosul for April 3rd-4th 2015: “Near Mosul, an airstrike struck one large ISIL unit, one ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL machine guns, an ISIL bulldozer, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL rifle.” A CENTCOM spokesman also subsequently specifically confirmed a coalition airstrike at Fadhiliya on the date in question against “two ISIL fighting positions.”

On July 30th 2015, CENTCOM informed Airwars that it had carried out an investigation into the incident, one of ten across Iraq and Syria to date: “We have no additional information available to provide at this time. Currently, CENTCOM plans only to release those investigations where the preponderance of evidence supports a finding that Coalition airstrikes resulted in civilian casualties.

April 4th Danya Laith Hazem (Guardian)
Eight year old Danya Laith Hazem, killed with 4 family members in a likely coalition airstrike at Fadhiliya, Iraq April 4 2015 (Picture courtesy of family via Guardian)

 

April 8th 2015: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: According to NINA, an intensive airstrike by the coalition at dawn killed 11 civilians and injured a further four in Mosul. Strikes reportedly hit the neighbourhoods of Maydan, Bab Lagash, Aqaydat, Wadi Hajar, Denden and Tayyaran.
The news website Ajyal reported that up to 30 people had died in an airstrike on a juvenile prison in the city, “half of them militants, and half of them detainees.” However the source of the alleged strike was not made clear.
Civilians reported killed: 11-15
Reported injured: 4
Sources: NINA, NRT TV [Arabic], Ajyal News [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: The coalition has confirmed five airstrikes at Mosul for April 8th-9th 2015: “Near Mosul, five airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL mortar tube, an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL fighting position.”
Canada has additionally confirmed that it participated in those strikes, noting: “On 8 April 2015, while taking part in coalition operations in support of Iraqi security forces, CF-188 Hornets successfully struck an ISIL fighting position southeast of Mosul using precision guided munitions.”

April 12th, 2015: Hawijah, Kirkuk province, Iraq
Summary: Internal monitoring by the Coalition initially identified two possible civilian casualties from an airstrike at Hawijah. The attack, on a High Value target code-named ANDERS MESA, was carried out by an A-10 Warthog.
According to a CENTCOM report declassified in September 2015, “2 civilians unseen in the collateral calls may have been killed or injured as a result of the strike.” A note added that a Task Force was “working with subordinate units to conduct an assessment of the strike.”
On January 15th 2015, CENTCOM conceded that two non combatants had likely died in this US airstrike: “On April 12, 2015, near Al Huwayjah, Iraq, during a strike on an ISIL tactical unit, it was assessed that two unidentified civilians were killed.”
Airwars researchers have not identified any published allegations of civilian casualties from the time, though news reports did report approximately 30 Daesh fighters killed in a strike in the vicinity.
Civilians reported killed: 0-2
Reported injured: 0-2
Sources: CENTCOM document, Bas News [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: CONFIRMED CASUALTY INCIDENT
Coalition position: Confirmed on January 15th 2016. For April 12th-13th 2015, the Coalition had originally reported that “Near Al Huwayjah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.”

Shepherd Dimmo al Hassan Dimmo, killed in a reported Coalition strike at Mitras, Syria on April 19 2015 (vi SN4HR)
Dimmo al Hassan Dimmo

April 19th 2015: Mitras, Aleppo governorate, Syria
Shepherd Dimmo al Hassan Dimmo, killed in a reported Coalition strike at Mitras, Syria on April 19 2015 (vi SN4HR)Summary: A shepherd named as Dimmo al Hassan Dimmo was reported by SN4HR as killed in a Coalition airstrike near Mitras. Five other people were injured by shrapnel.
Mr Dimmo’s son later described retrieving his father’s body: “The rocket caused a great hole in the ground, almost two metres deep. I buried my father’s body in the town.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: 5
Sources: Syrian Network for Human Rights, CENTCOM video, Photograph of reported strike, Ara News [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair – single source, though with eyewitness testimony and confirmed Coalition strikes in the vicinity
Coalition position: Confirmed strike at location for April 19th-20th, including video released of an attack on a ‘Daesh mortar position’ which SN4HR reports is at Mitras: “Near Kobani, seven airstrikes struck seven ISIL tactical units, destroying two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL mortar tube and an ISIL anti-aircraft artillery weapon.”


Coalition strike at Mitras, April 19th 2015

 

April 19th, 2015: Ar Rutbah, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: In a likely US or British drone strike, a truck was inadvertently hit during an airstrike at Ar Rutbah, according to a declassified CENTCOM report. “2 seconds prior to weapon impact, a large truck inadvertently arrived at the checkpoint. The back section of the truck was possibly damaged during the strike.” The driver was observed fleeing.
The weapon used was an AGM-114 Hellfire, most typically used by Reaper drones and by Apache attack helicopters. Britain has confirmed carrying out a drone strike on the date in question “in western Iraq.”
The outcome of any investigation at the time the document was collated (most likely early May 2015) was not known.
Airwars researchers have not identified any public claims of civilians killed or injured for this date. though news reports did note the very heavy bombing in Iraq that day – with 26 airstrikes by “fighter and bomber aircraft, and unmanned aerial vehicles against Daesh.”
Civilians reported killed: Unknown
Reported injured: 2
Sources: CENTCOM document, Al Ittihad [Arabic], Declassified CENTCOM report, Guardian
Quality of reporting: Fair. Open investigation as of early May 2015
Coalition position: COALITION-ASSESSED INCIDENT
For April 19th-20th 2015 the Coalition reported that “Near Ar Rutbah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

The British MoD also reported that “Further attacks were conducted by a Reaper on Sunday 19 April, in western Iraq: terrorists were spotted attempting to position an IED, but were hit by a Hellfire missile which detonated the bomb. The same aircraft then engaged an ISIL vehicle carrying heavy weaponry.”

 

April 20th 2015: Adan, Karama, east of Mosul, Iraq
Summary:
A reported coalition airstrike on an electricity generating facility reportedly killed 35 civilians and injured 22 more when nearby apartments were caught in the blast, according to reports.
NINA cited a medical source at the hospital as saying: “The incident resulted in the death of 35 civilians, including 11 women, and wounding 22 others, including five women.
Local resident Mohanad Musli described tens of flattened bodies with families still under the rubble.” Another eyewitness, Bassam al Khaldi, said that multiple strikes had also targeted rescuers: “I’m from this area and when people gathered to rescue the wounded there was shelling for a second time on people, and this caused big losses. And after quarter of an hour they struck a third time, but by the mercy of God this time the missile did not explode.”
A Mosul-based eyewitness to the event later provided graphic images of civilian casualties to Airwars.org, including a picture of four dead children.
Civilians reported killed:
8-35 including claims of 4 children, 11 women
Reported injured:
22-50
Sources:
NINA [Arabic], Mosul Ateka Facebook page [Arabic], Lebanon Files [Arabic], Iraqi Revolution Facebook page [Arabic], VERY GRAPHIC Hunaal Hadbaa Facebook page (1) [Arabic], Hunaal Hadbaa Facebook page (2) [Arabic] Mosul Residents Facebook page [Arabic], Mosul Eye, Fiscal Times
Quality of reporting:
Fair. Multiple sources. Photographic evidence. Named victims.
Coalition position:
On April 19th-20th the coalition reported four strikes in the vicinity: “Near Mosul, four airstrikes struck an ISIL staging area, destroying four ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL armored vehicle and an ISIL excavator.

Actions were also reported for the following day, April 20th-21st: “Near Mosul, four airstrikes struck an ISIL staging area, an ISIL IED factory and multiple ISIL fighting positions.

Injured boy receiving treatment after alleged coalition strike at Hit, Iraq April 20 2015 (
Injured boy receiving treatment after alleged coalition strike at Karama, Iraq April 20 2015 (via Hunaal Hadbaa)
Hospitalised victim of alleged coalition airstrike near Mosul, April 20 2015 (Hunaa
Hospitalised victim of alleged coalition airstrike near Mosul, April 20 2015 (via Hunaal Hadbaa)
Montage of damage from a reported coalition airstrike near Mosul April 20th 2015 (Photo: Mosul Residents Facebook page)
Montage of damage from a reported coalition airstrike near Mosul April 20th 2015 (Photo: Mosul Residents Facebook page)

 

April 20th 2015: Fadhiliya near Bashiqa, Nineveh Province, Iraq
Summary:
An airstrike on the village of Fadiliya near Bashiqa, north of Mosul, killed between 5 and 11 civilians according to reports.
NINA, citing a peshmerga source, said that three Daesh militants and 11 non-combatants died in a coalition strike. In contrast Arb-q cited a security source as saying that an unidentified airstrike had killed “five members of one family: the father and mother, and three children.
BasNews, making no mention of civilian casualties, said that a coalition strike had killed a local Islamic State commander known as Abu A’isha, a Syrian national, and three of his men.
A day later Islamic State reportedly destroyed six empty Christian homes in the town, in what may have been a retaliatory act.
Civilians reported killed:
5-11, and 3-4 militants
Reported injured:

Sources:
NINA [Arabic], Arb-q [Arabic], BasNews [Arabic], Alma Alomah [Arabic]
Quality of reporting:
Contested.
Coalition position:
On April 19th-20th the coalition reported four strikes in the vicinity: “Near Mosul, four airstrikes struck an ISIL staging area, destroying four ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL armored vehicle and an ISIL excavator.

Actions were also reported for the following day, April 20th-21st: “Near Mosul, four airstrikes struck an ISIL staging area, an ISIL IED factory and multiple ISIL fighting positions.

 

April 21st 2015: Mosul, Nineveh Province, Iraq
Summary:
A claimed coalition airstrike on the centre of Mosul killed up to 23 militants and five or more non-combatants according to reports, after four homes were destroyed.
NINA cited a medical source as saying that 23 civilians died when aircraft struck the Mdaana neighbourhood – though this appears to be a mis-cite of other casualties (see below).
NRT-TV was more conservative, reporting that “The forensic medicine department in Mosul received the bodies of the martyrs of nine civilians, including four women and a child following [coalition] aerial bombardment on the areas of Al Sukkar, Al Sadiq and Al Muthanna east of Mosul. At the same time Mosul’s hospitals received 12 wounded, including an elderly woman and six children.”
Iraqi News placed the death toll at 5 non-combatants, adding that 23 “Daesh militants” had also died.: “A medical source told the Iraqi News Agency, that the forensic medical department received 23 bodies of killed members of IS killed in a coalition raid targeting the power station in Adan neighborhood east of Mosul, explaining that the station was used by IS as a headquarters.
Civilians reported killed: 5-9, with up to 23 militants also killed
Reported injured: 12
Sources: NINA [Arabic], NRT-TV – video no longer available, Iraqi News Agency [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: Actions were reported in the vicinity for April 20th-21st: “Near Mosul, four airstrikes struck an ISIL staging area, an ISIL IED factory and multiple ISIL fighting positions.

 

April 22nd 2015: Mosul, Nineveh Province, Iraq
Summary:
At least four civilians died in a claimed coalition airstrike on the Bareed quarter of Mosul. A home was completely destroyed in the event, killing four members of one family named as:
Sumiah Ibrahim Mohamed Ali Hadeed (53);
Muthana Ghassan Salem Hadeed (23)
and his wife Fadheela Wesam Salem Hadeed (25),
along with their four year old son Abdullah Ghassan Salem Al Hadid.
One report also named a fifth family member, a young disabled girl named Sadra (cousin to Abdullah) as being killed. However as the Fiscal Times noted, Sidra had actually died in February after a battle with cancer.
According to a local news site, Islamic State had been using abandoned Christian properties in the al-Zahrawi neighbourhood to store ammunition when one was targeted: “Unfortunately, the missiles that targeted the home led to the explosion of ammunition which collapsed the house next door, home to innocent civilians.”
An investigation by the Fiscal Times later reported: “At 10 pm, the Hadid family members were busy in their normal daily business. The Hadid’s house was relatively large. Gassan was in the garden. His wife was in the kitchen. Mohammed was off to fill his car’s tank. Maan was by the house’s front gate. Fadhila was in her room playing with her son Abdullah. Muthanna was home to watch a soccer match.”
This air raid – and others on the city which also killed civilians – led to the Governor of Nineveh province, Atheel Al Nujaifi, calling on the coalition to exercise more caution when bombing towns and cities: “While we support the international air alliance in its targeting of Daesh, and its camps and gatherings, we call upon the coalition always to exhibit prudence, and to be cautious of striking civilian targets.”
Although al Nujaifi noted that “unfortunately such errors do sometimes occur” he pointed out that lawyers were supposed to be advising coalition operations so that pilots could “distinguish between civilian objects and military objectives, which could be targeted… We stress that we always seek to spare the citizens and the civilian damage and reassure the people of Nineveh province and the city of Mosul that the targeting used in the battle to liberate Mosul follows international criteria. No revenge or settling of accounts will be permitted in the context of military action.
Civilians reported killed: 4
Reported injured:
Sources: Mosul Ateka Facebook page (1) [Arabic], NINA [Arabic], Mosul Ateka Facebook page (2) [Arabic], Mosul Ateka Facebook page (3) [Arabic], Al Quds citing Deutsche Presse Agentur [Arabic], Almada Press [Arabic], Xendan [Arabic], Mosul Ateka Facebook page (4) [Arabic]. Hunaal Hadbaa Facebook page [Arabic], Fiscal Times, Mosul Eye

Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: No strikes were publicly reported on Mosul for April 21st-22nd.
Strikes in the vicinity were reported for April 22nd-23rd 2015: “Near Mosul, three airstrikes struck an ISIL security headquarters, destroying an ISIL excavator.”

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Muthana Ghassan Salem Hadeed, killed with his family in an alleged coalition strike on April 22 2015 (via Mosul Ateka)
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Four year old Abdullah Ghassan Salem Al Hadid, slain with his family in an airstrike April 22 2015 (via Mosul Ateka)

 

Atheel Al Nujaifi , Governor of Nineveh Province, pictured in Kurdistan (Almada Press)
Atheel Al Nujaifi , Governor of Nineveh Province, pictured in Kurdistan (via Almada Press)

 

April 26th 2015: Mitras, Aleppo governorate, Syria
Summary:
Reported Coalition airstrikes at 10am on the village of Mitras killed three civilians, according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights. They were named as Hassan Ibrahim al Dimmo and 17-year old Ibrahim Haasan al Dimmo, and a 6 year old boy Amouna al Alewi al Hamadi.
Civilians reported killed: 3, including 2 children
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Network for Human Rights, Photo of badly damaged home

Quality of reporting: Fair – single source, though named victims and eyewitness accounts.
Coalition position: A number of strikes were reported in the wider vicinity: “Near Kobani, four airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying five ISIL fighting positions and ISIL heavy machine gun.”

Hassan Ibrahim, killed at Mitras on April 26 (via SN4HR)
Hassan Ibrahim, killed at Mitras on April 26 (via SN4HR)
Ibrahim Haasan, killed in reported Coalition strike April 26 (via SN4HR)
Ibrahim Haasan, killed in reported Coalition strike April 26 (via SN4HR)

 

April 29th 2015: Fallujah, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary:
According to local reports, coalition airstrikes killed nine civilian non-combatants and injured three more in Al Sharika Street, Aljughaifi neighborhood. The dead were named by the Iraqi Revolution website as “belonging to the family of Khamis Sufook al-Jumaili, killing him and his wife and her sister, their sons and daughters, as well as his brother the householder.”
The Iraqi Spring project named the dead as:
Khamis Sifog Theyab Ashibeeb;
His wife Nahida Hilal Theyab;
His mother- Najeiya Talal Hadid;
His sister Salima Sifog.
Also killed were the Ashiheebs’ four children, named as his infant son Aws Khamis Sifog; and his daughters Bushra Khamis Sifog and Khitam Khamis Sifog. A third daughter, Jinan Khamis, died with her own son Sijad Mohamad Ali.
Civilians reported killed: 9
Reported injured: 3
Sources: Iraqi Revolution Facebook page (1) [Arabic], Iraqi Spring Facebook page [Arabic], GRAPHIC Iraqi Revolution Facebook page (2) [Arabic], Iraqi Spring facebook page (2) [Arabic]

Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: A single strike in the area was reported for April 28th-29th 2015: “Near Fallujah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL trench complex.”
In addition it was reported that for April 29th-30th 2015 that “Near Fallujah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying three ISIL fighting positions.”

A deceased victim of an alleged coalition airstrike in Iraq, April 29 2015 (via Iraqi Revolution)
GRAPHIC A deceased victim of an alleged coalition airstrike at Fallujah, Iraq, April 29 2015 (via Iraqi Spring)
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Site of alleged coalition airstrike at Fallujah on April 29 2015 which reportedly killed 9 civilians (via Iraqi Revolution Facebook page)

 

April 29th 2015: Roumana, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary:
Four coalition strikes allegedly hit the village of Roumana near al Qaim, in Anbar province. According to the Baghdad Center for Human Rights, an unspecified number of non-combatants died in the event. Islamic State may have been the source for those claims, which it made on one of its websites.
Civilians reported killed: Unknown
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Baghdad Center for Human Rights [Arabic], Islamic State propaganda site [Arabic]

Quality of reporting: Poor
Coalition position: No coalition strikes were publicly reported as taking part in the vicinity of Al Qaim between April 28th-30th 2015.

 

April 30th-May 1st 2015: Ber Mahli, Aleppo governorate, Syria
Summary: In one of the worst reported incidents in nine months of bombings by the US-led coalition, 64 civilians died in an attack on the village of Ber Mahli near Sareen – the majority of them women (19) and children (32). It remains disputed as to whether the village was partly or wholly under the control of Islamic State forces at the time.
Later admitting that it had carried out a strike on the village, the Coalition said it had instead bombed “several ISIL fighting positions [and] striking more than 50 ISIL fighters.” A CJTF-OIR spokesman appeared to blame any error on Kurdish forces in the area, telling Airwars by email that: “Prior to the airstrikes,Kurdish forces, who held the town before leaving after being attacked by ISIL, reported there were no civilians present in that location and that there had not been any civilians present for two weeks prior to the Coalition airstrikes.”
An internal CENTCOM investigation almost immediately decided “allegation initially not determined credible,” it was revealed in September 2015. The declassified document also appeared to pin responsibility for any error on the YPG, noting that the Kurdish fighters “had held the village up until the ISIL attack and [reported] that there were no civilians in the village.”
According to Al Jazeera, eyewitnesses said that when the village was first bombed, residents ran out of their houses. However Ber Mahli was then repeatedly struck, including a group of cars leaving the village. SN4HR also claimed that “some of the houses were targeted again after people and medical teams gathered to help the victims and wounded.”
Speaking from his hospital bed, one injured survivor spoke of the attack: “We were four families gathered in one room. It was around 11 or 12 at night. They kept on striking the houses. The first time they struck my cousin was killed with his small children. Why did this happen? Is it because Obama wants to please the King of Saudi Arabia? Why is the coalition bombing us? Why don’t they fight [President] Bashar?
Another unnamed and injured survivor, a young girl, also spoke for the cameras:”The planes came above us and bombed us and destroyed houses. My father was killed and two of my sisters.”
Buzzfeed also interviewed a 67-year-old witness to the attack, who went by the name of Abu Khaled, who corroborated the names of many of those killed. “They killed whole families. The Americans will never apologize, and they will keep killing civilians,” hecomplained to the news site from southern Turkey.

All 64 known fatalities have now been named by SN4HR and by Manbij News, indicating that entire families were wiped out:

The family of Ali Al Shawakh Al Salibi (14 killed)

Ali Al Shawakh Al Salibi
his wife Aida Al Hussein Al Salibi
Khaled Al Ali Al Shawakh 25 years old
Muhammad Al Ali Al Shawakh 24 years old
Eid Al Ali Al Shawakh 23 years old
Juma’a Al Ali Al Shawakh 18 years old
Faisal Al Ali Al Shawakh 17 years old
Mustafa Al Ali Al Shawakh 14 years old
Wassel Al Ali Al Shawakh 6 years old
Noura Al Ali Al Shawakh 14 years old
Houriey Al Ali Al Shawakh 10 years
Nadia Jassem Al Sheikh, Khaled’s wife
Amira Eid Al Mustapha Al Shawakh, Eid’s wife
Nadia Eid Al Ali Al Shawakh, one years old

The family of Juma’a Al Shawakh Al Salibi (12 killed)

Juma Al Shawakh Al Salibi, 56 years old
his wife Fatima Al Kahhal
Shawakh al Juma’a Al Shawakh Al Salibi
, 24 years old
Ahmad Juma’a Shawakh Al Salibi, 17 years old
Lamia Juma’a Shawakh Al Salibi, 23 years old
Shua’a Mustafa Al Shawakh, the wife of Mustafa wife and Juma’a’s daughter-in-law, 30 years old
Munira Mustafa Al Shawakh, Shawakh’s wife, 24 years old.
Khazna Ahmad Al Abeed, Wassel’s wife, 28 years old
Mustafa Wasel Jumah al-Shawakh Al-Sleibi, son of Wassel Al Juma’a, 1 year old
Malak the daughter of Mustafa, 3 years old
Turki the son of Mustafa, two years old
Juma’a the son of Mustafa, one year old

The family of Ali Al-Mohammad Al-Ali (9 killed)

His wife Hadlah Al-Muslim
His second wife Hadlah (from Alja’adah village)
Mustafa Ali Al-Mohammad Ali, the son of Hadlah Al-Muslim, 31 years old
Fatima Ali Al-Mohammad Ali, the daughter of Hadlah Al-Muslim, 18 years old
Najib Ali Al-Mohammad Ali, son of Hadlah (Alja’adah), one year old
Maram the daughter of Mustafa Ali Al-Mohammad Ali, 6 years old
Mohammed the son of Mustafa Ali Al-Mohammad Ali, 5 years old
Ali the son of Mustafa Ali Al-Mohammad Ali, 3 years old
Fatima the daughter of Ali Mohammed Ali, one month old.

The family of Eid Al Mustafa Al Shawakh Al Salibi (7 killed)

Eid Al Mustafa Al Shawakh, 47 years old
His wife Ghazaleh
Shaha Eid Al Mustafa Al Shawakh, 10 years old.
Sabah Eid Al Mustafa Al Shawakh, 6 years old
Mona Eid Al Mustafa Al Shawakh, two years old
Aisha Eid Al Mustafa Al Shawakh, seven months old
Turki Eid Al Mustafa Al Shawakh, 12 years old

The family of Jalal Mustafa Al Salibi (5 killed)

Zulekha his wife, 45 years old
His second wife Turkieh, 42 years old
Muhannad Jalal A Mustafa Al Salibi, the son of Turkieh, 14 years old
Aziza Jalal A Mustafa Al Salibi, the daughter of Turkieh, 11 years old
Abdul Jalal Jalal A Mustafa Al Salibi, the son of Zulekha, 10 years old

The family of Hussein Al Ali Al Salibi (4 killed)

His wife Warde, 32 years old
Raghad Al Hussein Al Ali Al Salibi, 11 years old
Abboud Al Ali Al Salibi, 10 years old
Younis Al Ali Al Salibi, 4 years old

The family of Mustafa Al Shawakh Al Salibi (4 killed)

Mustafa Al Shawakh Al Salibi, 65 years old
his wife Shaha Al Salibi
Khatun Mustafa Al Shawakh Al Salibi
, 25 years
Wardeh Mustafa Al Shawakh Al Salibi, 18 years old

The family of Shawakh Al Bakkou Al Salibi (3 killed)

Shawakh Al Bakkou Al Salibi, 40 years old
Ahmed Al Shawakh Al Bakkou Al Salibi, 22 years old
Brother of Mustafa Al Bakkou Al Salibi, 40 years old

The family of Arif Al Mustafa Al Salibi (3 killed)

his wife Khatoon Al Hussein Al Salibi, 38 years old
Waheeda Arif Al Mustafa Al Salibi, 8 years old
Amal Arif Al Mustafa Al Salibi, 5 years old

The family of Mahmoud Al Hussein Al Salibi (3 killed)

Mahmoud Al Hussein Al Salibi, 40 years old
Ida Al Mahmoud Al Hussein Al Salibi, 15 years old
Maryam Al Mahmoud Al Hussein Al Salibi, 3 years old

In addition, Deimo al Hassan al Deimo, an adult male, was named by VDC as a civilian victim.

Fadel Abdulghani, head of monitoring group the Syrian Network for Human Rights, demanded that those in the coalition responsible for the deaths be held accountable: “Despite all the efforts made top avoid this, this incident indicates a blatant disrespect for the lives of innocent civilians. The people responsible for this crime should be held accountable which would be a clear message to their associates and commanders.”
Civilians reported killed: 64-65, including 31 children and 19 women
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (1), Reuters, GRAPHICYouTube [footage of the injured in hospital], Al Amaaq [Arabic], Al Jazeera TV report [Arabic], GRAPHIC Jihadi Media Platform [Islamic State propaganda site – Arabic], SOHR (2), Al Souria [Arabic], Agence France Presse, Daily Telegraph, SOHR (3), Daily Beast, Bas News [Arabic], Manbij News Facebook page [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights – Report [English, Arabic], SNHR List of Victims, Eyewitness video – young girl [via Manbij News – Arabic], EXTREMELY GRAPHICIslamic State-produced video of casualties, Violations Documentation Centre [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights: Investigation into Ber Mahli Massacre [English] [Arabic], Video – stretchered victim in hospital, Video – graves dug for victims, Buzzfeed, Declassified CENTCOM report, Airwars
Quality of reporting: Fair

Coalition position: COALITION-ASSESSED INCIDENT
The coalition did not initially report an airstrike in the vicinity of Aleppo for April 30th-May 1st 2015.

Later admitting that it had carried out a strike on the village, the Coalition said it had instead bombed “several ISIL fighting positions [and] striking more than 50 ISIL fighters.” A CJTF-OIR spokesman appeared to blame any error on Kurdish forces in the area, telling Airwars by email that: “Prior to the airstrikes, Kurdish forces, who held the town before leaving after being attacked by ISIL, reported there were no civilians present in that location and that there had not been any civilians present for two weeks prior to the Coalition airstrikes.”


GRAPHIC: Survivors of a likely coalition airstrike April 30 2015

Modelling by SOHR showing where homes were reportedly struck by the coalition Ber Mahli, Syria Aprl 30 2015
Modelling by SNHR showing where homes were reportedly struck by the coalition at Ber Mahli, Syria April 30 2015, killing 64 civilians
A child survivor of the Ber Mahli, Syria attack reportedly carried out by the coalition, April 30 2015 (SOHR)
A child victim of the Ber Mahli, Syria attack reportedly carried out by the coalition, April 30 2015 (via SN4HR)
A badly njured child - reportdly the only surviving member of hs family after a likely coalition airstrike on Ber Mahli, Syria April 30 2015 (SNHR)
A badly injured child – reportedly the only surviving member of hs family after a likely coalition airstrike on Ber Mahli, Syria April 30 2015 (via SN4HR)


Every time we’d try to get out the plane would start bombing.
We lost so many people, women and children.
” Eyewitness 1 (SN4HR)


“Ali’s family is all gone..completely gone. He’s got a handicapped
girl, she’s gone.
Eyewitness 2 (SN4HR)


I lost three of my sisters, including one who was disabled.”
SN4HR eyewitness 3

 

May 2015

May 4th, 2015: Abu Ghraib, Near Baghdad, Iraq
Summary:
A ‘friendly fire’ incident reportedly led to the deaths of at least two and as many as 14 Iraqi popular forces personnel when an arms production workshop was struck, allegedly by coalition aircraft.
Danish newspaper Dagbladet Information reported that 14 members of the Shia militia Asaib Ahl al Haq were buried at Najaf after the attack. “We have launched an investigation into the case of Abu Ghraib,” Asaib militia spokesman Naim Aboudi told Al Sumeria News, “and if it turns out that an American coalition aircraft is guilty of the killing of our men, we will answer back.”
Russia Today’s Arabic service has claimed that the coalition admitted its role in the strike which it had described as a “mistake“, though there are no corroborating versions of this.
Friendly forces reported killed: 2-14 ‘friendly fire’ deaths
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Fars News, Russia Today [Arabic], Buratha News [Arabic], Dagbladet Information [Danish]
Quality of reporting: Fair, though with no coalition strikes officially reported in the vicinity
Coalition position: No coalition strikes are publicly recorded in the vicinity of Baghdad between May 3rd-5th 2015.

May 6th, 2015: Al Gharra, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary:
A 55-year old man named as Ismail Ali Hassan was killed in an alleged Coalition strike according to two separate investigations by international news organisations.
According to his son Ahmed, Mr Hassan was walking to work in his village when shrapnel from a Coalition strike punctured his heart and leg and killed him: “He didn’t support any group,” Hassan told the Buzzfeed news site by phone from southern Turkey. “He just wanted to work and take care of his family.”
A separate investigation by the Global Post gives a detailed description of the reported lethal strike: “The first bomb fell on that road [to Hassakah] between 10 and 11 in the morning on May 6. Then a plane started circling over the village. People were afraid to stay in their homes. They ran into the open. Al Hassan’s father, Ismail, tried to run as well. But he was too late. The villagers remember seeing the plane point its nose down and dive, dropping a bomb. It then climbed away. Al Hassan’s father lay on the ground in a crumpled heap, dead, in front of the ruins of his house.”
US officials initially denied that a strike had taken place in the vicinity. Responding to a query from Airwars, Centcom informed us on October 27th 2015 for example that “The Coalition did not conduct strikes in the vicinity of al Ghara village on May 6.”
However, pressed by Global Post investigators CENTCOM reported in January 2016 that it would reinvestigte the incident.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Buzzfeed, Global Post,
Quality of reporting: Fair

Coalition position: No strikes were reportedly carried out by the Coalition in Syria on May 5th-6th. However, for May 6th-7th 2015 it was reported that “Near Al Hasakah, four airstrikes struck one large and two small ISIL tactical units, destroying 12 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL trench system and an ISIL vehicle.”
Responding to a query from Airwars, Centcom informed us on October 27th 2015 that “The Coalition did not conduct strikes in the vicinity of al Ghara village on May 6.” And in response to queries from the Global Post about whether al Gharra or Abdul-Aziz mountain had been targeted, a CENTCOM spokesman replied: “We can confirm that Abdul-Aziz mountain is geographically close enough to be considered ‘near al Hasaka.’ However, we do not have a record of striking that particular mountain.”

 

May 8th, 2015: Tal Majdal, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary:
A 10 year old boy from the village of Tal Majdal, Bashar Al Awwad, was reported killed at around noon in a Coalition airstrike according to a number of sources, after being hit by shrapnel.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Martyrs [Arabic], Violations Documentation Centre [Arabic], Eye on Al Hassakah Facebook page [Arabic], Hidden Stories of the Revolution Facebook page [Arabic], Damascus Centre for Human Rights Studies [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights, Picture of airstrikes at village
Quality of reporting: Fair

Coalition position: Four airstrikes are confirmed at Al Hassakah for May 7th-8th 2015: “Near Al Hasakah, four airstrikes struck three ISIL tactical units, destroying four ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.
The coalition has also confirmed multiple airstrikes in the region of al Hassakah for May 8th-9th 2015: “Near Al Hasakah, 13 airstrikes struck three large and seven small ISIL tactical units, destroying nine ISIL fighting positions, 10 ISIL vehicles, two ISIL heavy machine guns and an ISIL armored vehicle.

 

May 13th, 2015: Al Masahag village nr Bayji, Salahudin province Iraq
Summary: Six members of one family were reported killed when a coalition drone allegedly struck a vehicle distributing oil products to local people. Responding to questions from Airwars, an MoD spokesman said that no British Reaper drone strike took place in the vicinity of al Masahag on that date.
Bayji’s Mayor, Mohamed Mahmoud said in an interview that “Drone aircraft targeted a wheel loaded with oil derivatives to the north of Bayji killing six people, among them three brothers, all from the same family.” He said they were handing out oil derivatives to other families in the region. Mahmoud added that “the dead were all from the Jabour tribe of the people of Bayji, who had fled to the area after Daesh control of their area.
Civilians reported killed: 6
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Iraqi Revolution Facebook page [Arabic], Voice of Iraq [Arabic], Qanon [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair

Coalition position: The coalition has confirmed heavy activity at Bayji around the time of the strike. On May 12th-13th 2015 it reported that “Near Bayji, four airstrikes struck one large and two small ISIL tactical units, destroying 10 ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL VBIED.”
And on May 13th-14th 2015, CJTF-OIR additionally reported that “Near Bayji, eight airstrikes struck one large and six small ISIL tactical units, destroying four ISIL weapons caches, three ISIL buildings, three ISIL vehicles, two ISIL structures, an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL staging point.”

Jihad Ahmad Muslim (via SN4HR)
Jihad Ahmad Muslim (via SN4HR)

May 19th, 2015: Al Shadadi, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary: An alleged 10am Coalition targeted strike on a vehicle carrying ISIL militants (including prominent Egyptian Abu Abdul Rahman) also killed three nearby civilians, according to SN4HR.
However another source described the attack as being carried out by a booby-trapped motorbike.
One victim was named as Jihad Ahmad Muslim, the owner of a generator repair shop in the marketplace where the attack happened. A second non-combatant victim was identified as Noah Mohammad Issa from al Hariri. A further 15 civilians were also reportedly injured.
Civilians reported killed: 3
Reported injured: 15
Sources: Contested
Quality of reporting: Syrian Network for Human Rights, All 4 Syria [Arabic]

Coalition position: A significant number of Coalition strikes were reported in al Hassakah area for May 18th-19th 2015: ‘Near Al Hasakah, seven airstrikes struck two large and two small ISIL tactical units, destroying seven ISIL vehicles, three ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL armored vehicles and an ISIL shipping container.
There were also a number of strikes on May 19th-20th 2015: ‘Near Al Hasakah, seven airstrikes struck two large and two small ISIL tactical units, destroying two ISIL vehicles, two ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL armored vehicles and an ISIL anti-aircraft artillery system.’

 

May 20th, 2015: Al Tawama, Aleppo governorate, Syria
Summary:
According to Al Jazeera and others, a 6pm Coalition strike on the al Nusra Front at al Tawama also destroyed a number of civilian buildings, killing as many as seven inhabitants. Fifteen alleged militants – most described as ‘Turks’ – also died in the attack which reportedly struck two separate locations in the village. According to Sana Revolution, an additional four civilians also died at the second location.

Badr al Nakas' neiece, the only named victim of a Coalition strike on May 20th (via SN4HR)
Nine year old niece of Badr al Nakas, the only named victim of a Coalition strike on May 20th (via SN4HR)

However SN4HR reported only one civilian fatality, that of a 9-year old girl who was the niece of al-Nusra commander Bader al Dakas who later described her death: “My niece and my sister were staying with me in the house. Most of the time we’re not in the house, we’re on the battlefield so this is considered a civilian house. She was hit by shrapnel and was killed yesterday around six in the evening. She was on the roof when it happened and she was martyred. She was 9 years old.”
According to al Watan “Witnesses from the village reported that a plane believed to be an F-16, flew over head for more than a quarter of an hour, before carrying out two consecutive raids on Al-Nusra Front’s base.”
Civilians reported killed: 1-11
Reported injured:
Sources: Al Jazeera [Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic], Shaam News Network (SNN) Facebook page [Arabic], Al Watan Voice [Arabic], Mojez [Arabic], Sana Revolution Facebook page [Arabic], Syrian Network For Human Rights, Video blog discussing attack [Arabic], Al Nusra statement on attack [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair

Coalition position: Although daily reports only referred to a strike “near Aleppo” the coalition has since told Airwars that it did conduct a strike at the specific location: “We can confirm the coalition conducted airstrikes against terrorist compounds near the village of Al Tawama, Syria, May 20.” [email to Airwars, May 22 2015.]
However, a CJTF-OIR spokesman declined to say in the same email whether any specific investigation into alleged civilian casualties is presently underway.
On May 24th the coalition publicly confirmed the following: “Near Tawama, Syria, on May 20 coalition military forces conducted two airstrikes using fighter aircraft against a headquarters and training area of a network of veteran al Qaida operatives, sometimes called the “Khorasan Group,” who are plotting external attacks against the United States and our allies. The airstrikes destroyed 10 buildings in two separate compounds. There were no observed women, children or non-combatants in the compounds at the time of the strike.

Scene of a May 20 alleged airstrike which reportedly killed 7 civilians at , Syria (SNN)
Scene of May 20 alleged airstrike which reportedly killed as many as 7 civilians at Al Tawama, Syria (image via Shaam News Network)

 

May 21st 2015: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: A devastating airstrike on the Mosul neighbourhood of Rifai reportedly killed numerous non-combatants and injured up to 150 people. Among those killed in the event was Ayman al Hayali (who ran a clothing shop) and his family, including his wife, young son and daughter Habiba aged four. Other sources claimed that 5 women and 3 children were among the dead.

Rifai's local mosque, said to have been damaged in lethal Coalition strikes on May 21 2015
Rifai neighbourhood’s local mosque, said to have been damaged in lethal Coalition airstrikes on May 21 2015 (via Rudaw)

According to most media, the deaths and injuries occurred after a house used by Islamic State to store ammunition was hit by the coalition, leading to major secondary explosions in the vicinity of the Bahauddin mosque.

Mosul TV cited a local eyewitness as saying that “seven houses and five shops were completely destroyed” in the attack, and that scuffles broke out between survivors and militants over ISIL’s policy of storing munitions in a civilian neighbourhood. Local people also urged the coalition to be far more careful in its targeting.
In a later report issued January 2016 the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) noted: “On 22-23 May, UNAMI/OHCHR received a report that airstrikes hit al-Najjar, al-Rifai and Sahaa areas in western Mosul in Ninewa, allegedly killing 30 civilians and wounding 62 others, including women and children. UNAMI/OHCHR was not able to verify this report.”

Civilians reported killed: 12-50
Reported injured: 30-150
Sources: Hunaal Hadbaa Facebook page [Arabic], Mosul Ateka Facebook page [Arabic], Mosul Ateka (2) [Arabic], Iraqi Revolution Facebook page [Arabic], Mosul Ateka (3) [Arabic], Mosul Ateka (4) [Arabic], Hunaal Hadbaa (2) [Arabic], Al Sharqiya [Arabic], Iraqi Spring Media Centre [Arabic], GRAPHIC Hunaal Hadbaa (3) [Arabic], Mosul TV (1) [Arabic], Mosul TV (2) [Arabic], Mosul TV (3) [Arabic], Shabkt Nineveh Facebook page [Arabic], Kitabat [Arabic], Hunaal Hadbaa (4) [Arabic], Mosul Ateka (5) [Arabic], Rudaw [Arabic], UNAMI Report,
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: The coalition has described destroying “an ISIL cache” in the vicinity of Mosul on May 21st 2015: “Near Mosul, four airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying two ISIL tunnel systems, an ISIL motorcycle, an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL cache.”

Aftermath of alleged major coalition strike on Mosul May 21 2015 (via Mosul Atek)
Aftermath of alleged major coalition strike on Mosul May 21 2015 (via Mosul Ateka)
Habiba, a 4 year old 'killed in a coalition strike' at Mosul, May 21 2015 (via Hunaal Hadbaa)
Habiba, a 4 year old ‘killed in a coalition strike’ at Mosul, May 21 2015 (via Hunaal Hadbaa)

May 24th, 2015: Abu Sheikhat, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary: A Kurdish ground offensive backed by Coalition strikes reportedly killed six civilians in Abu Sheikhat and Tal Nass villages, to the west of Ras al-Ain.
Among those reported killed at Abu Sheikhat were a young female child Fatima Mohammad; and three men named as Mohammed Al-Ahmad Al Sarrai; Abd Al-Ahmad Al Sarrai and Mohammad Eid Al Hawiye.
At nearby Tal Nass village, Adalah also alleged that two children were killed and one wounded from the Al Mir’i family, after an airstrike targeted an ISIL bulldozer.
Zaman reported that a number of civilians had been caught in Coalition strikes after failing to flee the village, for fear that surrounding areas remaned occupied by ISIL.
In a rare reference to potential civilian casualties in an incident, the Coalition blamed at least some civcas on the destruction of an ISIL vehicle-borne IED, noting that “Kurdish fighters reported an ISIL VBIED detonation which resulted in an undetermined number of civilians injured in the area.”

Civilians reported killed: 6, including 3 children
Reported injured: 1 or more
Sources: Violations Documentation Centre (1); Violations Documentation Centre (2); Syrian Martyrs [Arabic], Adalah Human Rights [Facebook, Arabic], Zaman al Wassel [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Fair

Coalition position:
For May 23rd-24th 2015, the Coalition noted that “Near Al Hasakah, nine airstrikes struck two large and three small ISIL tactical units, destroying eight ISIL fighting positions, four ISIL vehicles, an ISIL tank and an ISIL armored vehicle.”
And for May 24th-25th 2015, it was reported that “Near Al Hasakah, seven airstrikes struck two large and four small ISIL tactical units, destroying four ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL checkpoint, an ISIL excavator, an ISIL VBIED and an ISIL vehicle. There were no observed civilian casualties from the airstrikes. Kurdish fighters reported an ISIL VBIED detonation which resulted in an undetermined number of civilians injured in the area.”

 

May 26th, 2015: Ar Raqqah, Al Raqqah governorate, Syria
Summary: During a series of coalition airstrikes against Islamic State in the vicinity of Ar Raqqah, a checkpoint was bombed at around 2pm. According to reports, a minibus carrying female agricultural workers was caught in the blast, killing between 6 and 10 women and reportedly injuring at least four. All of the female victims were reported to come from the nearby village of Hunaida. Two men also reportedly died, described both as militants and as civilians..
As one news site noted, “At the moment it’s the harvest season in the countryside of Raqqah, and dozens of women would be working the land at this period. They are often transported in cars that carry dozens at a time.”
Islamic State published an interview with a man said to be a medic, who said: “At 14:00 in the afternoon today, the crusader coalition carried out a raid on civilians which led to the deaths and injury of many people. The wounded were transported to the General Hospital in the city of Ar Raqqah, where they were treated. Some had light injuries and others were dead. We tell the crusader coalition didn’t you say you were here to help the weak? And here you are bombing civilians. We here in the hospitals are receiving victims, all of them Muslim Arabs.
Civilians reported killed: 6-10 women, 2 men (either militants or civilians)
Reported injured: 4-10
Sources: Shaam Network [Arabic], Siraj Press [Arabic], Siraj Press (2) [Arabic], Al A’amag Agency – ISIL propaganda site [Arabic], Islamic State video showing destroyed vehicle & interview with apparent medic, Al Maghrib Today [Arabic], Al Jazeera [Arabic], Tammdon [Arabic], The Guardian,
Quality of reporting: Fair

Coalition position: The coalition has confirmed airstrikes in the vicinity for May 26th-27th 2015, noting: “Near Ar Raqqah, two airstrikes struck an ISIL training camp and an ISIL staging area.”

Image published by ISIL reportedly showing vehicle destroyed in 'coalition airstrike', May 26 2015
Image published by ISIL reportedly showing vehicle destroyed in ‘coalition airstrike’, May 26 2015


Islamic State report on alleged May 26 event, including clean-up
operation and ‘interview with a medic’

May 26th, 2015: Ras al Ain, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary:
A number of sources reported that a “civilian car” was struck “on the road between Al Idwania and Raja’an,” near Al Hassakah, killing a family of four. Those killed were described as Ahmad Al Khalaf, and his wife, mother and daughter – all from the village of Raja A’an in Ras al-Ain.
Civilians reported killed: 4
Reported injured:
Sources: Shaam Network [Arabic], Siraj Press [Arabic], Union of the Hassakah Youth Facebook page [Arabic], Eldorar [Arabic], Syrian Martyrs [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair, with named victims and clear location

Coalition position: The coalition has confirmed airstrikes in the vicinity, for May 26th-27th 2015, including one which targeted a vehicle: “Near Al Hasakah, four airstrikes struck four ISIL tactical units, destroying an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL vehicle.

 

May 31st, 2015: Eastern Mosul, Nineveh governorate, Iraq
Summary:
A single source claimed that 11 civilians “including women and children” died when coalition aircraft struck targets to the east of Mosul. No further details were given.
Civilians reported killed: 11
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Al Rayy [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Poor

Coalition position: Two coalition airstrikes were confirmed in the vicinity for May 30th-31st 2015: “Near Mosul, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, an ISIL mortar system and land features denying ISIL a tactical advantage, destroying an ISIL building and an ISIL heavy machine gun.”
An additional pair of strikes was declared for the following day: “Near Mosul, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL VBIED facility, destroying two ISIL buildings, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL mortar system and an ISIL rocket launcher.

 

June 2015

June 3rd, 2015: Al Hawija, Kirkuk province, Iraq
Summary:
A massive coalition airstrike on an Islamic State depot leveled a significant number of buildings, with a large number of militants and non-combatants reported killed. A large supply of TNT explosive detonated after the IED-making facility was struck. Bas News described the attack as one of the worst mass casualty incidents in Iraq since the 2003 invasion.
The head of Kirkuk’s Arab Council, Mohammed Khalil al-Jubouri, placed the number of dead and injured civilians at 150. The Iraqi Revolution site claimed that 70 civilians had died, with more than 100 injured. Rudaw also reported 70 killed, describing 26 children and 22 women among the dead.
Local Sheikh Abdallah al-Jubouri told Al-Araby news agency that “several international coalition air strikes hit the district. The losses were made worse by there being no ambulances or other means to rescue victims.” He added that “This is the single worse airstrike that has targeted civilians in al-Hawija; eight months ago we were getting hit by Iraqi army warplanes but that has stopped. The international coalition has committed a civilian massacre today and Islamic State and its weapons are the reason.
Eyewitness Hassan Mahmoud al-Jubbouri told Reuters that the area looked as if it had been hit by a nuclear bomb, and described pulling the bodies of a family of six from the rubble. Only one victim has so far been named – Kherallah Ahmed Al Saleh Al Thawabidescribed as the owner of a car maintenance shop in the district.
Bizarrely, in the immediate wake of the strike a coalition official told Reuters: “Since we started air strikes in August last year in Iraq, I have difficulty thinking of any civilian casualties in Iraq, and for thousands of sorties that is good. One is clearly too many.
Among as many as 100 militants also reported killed was Islamic State’s local police chief, named as Jassim Shukur. “The [coalition] warplanes also bombarded two other sub-districts around Hawija and many other ISIS militants who were with the police chief were killed by the bombardment,” Iraqi official Sarhad Qadir told Rudaw.
In a later January 2016 report, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) noted that US officials had confirmed carrying out the Hawijah attack though went on to state: “Pictures and videos have emerged in media and online showing an area purporting to be the blast site that has been almost completely flattened. UNAMI/OHCHR was not able to verify the authenticity of the photos or the videos, nor the number of civilian casualties.”

Civilians reported killed: 70, including 26 children and 22 women
Reported injured: 80-100
Sources: Yahoo News, Al Jazeera, Iraqi Revolution Facebook page [Arabic], al Gharbiya [Arabic], Iraqi Spring video [devastation following strike], Rudaw [Arabic], GRAPHIC Iraqi Spring Media Center [Arabic], Rudaw, Almada Press [Arabic], al Sharqiya [Arabic], Iraq News Agency [Arabic], NINA [Arabic], YouTube [victims at hospital and aftermath of strike], Bas News [Arabic], Daily Telegraph, Reuters, Al Araby, ARA News, NINA (2) [Arabic], Pentagon briefing by Coalition’s Lt General Hesterman, YouTube [aftermath of explosion], Islamic State propaganda [aftermath of attack], Washington Times, Martyr’s page for Kherallah al Thawabi [Arabic], Awan [Arabic], UNAMI Report,
Quality of reporting: Fair. The coalition confirms that it carried out the attack, noting that for June 2nd-3rd 2015Near Al Huwayjah, one airstrike struck an ISIL VBIED facility.” A senior coalition commander later insisted that only a “fairly small weapon” had been used in the attack – and that any responsibility for civilian deaths “rests squarely on Daesh.”
However on June 24th Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren announced that a formal inquiry had now begun into possible civilian deaths at Hawija: “Initially, we look at an event to see if there are credible reports that there were civilian casualties. If we find the reports credible, it then becomes a formal investigation. We have reached that stage in this.

Devastation in Huwaija following coalition strike June 3 2015 (Iraqi Spring)
Devastation in Hawija following coalition strike June 3 2015 (via Iraqi Spring)
Child reportedly killed in devastating coalition strike on Hwaija June 3 2015 (Iraqi Spring)
GRAPHIC: Child reportedly killed in devastating coalition strike on Hawija June 3 2015 (via Iraqi Spring)
Kherallah Ahmed Al Saleh Al Thawabi, killed in a coalition strike June 3 2015
Kherallah Ahmed Al Saleh Al Thawabi, reported killed in a coalition strike at Hawija, Iraq June 3 2015 (via Hawija Now Facebook page)

June 3rd, 2015: Umm Hajra, al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary:
Three civilian men were reported killed in a combined ground and air assault on the village of Umm Hajra. They were named by Syrian Martyrs as:
Ahmad Hussein Al Alwad
Ahmad Al Khalifa
Al-Futteim Al Moheissen Al Salisal
The Hassakah Youth Union blamed the attack jointly on Kurdish ground foces – which it said had mortared the town – as well as Coalition airstrikes: “This is even though the village is free from the presence of Daesh, who withdrew to Mount Abdulaziz after [Kurdish] militia units took control of nearby Al A’lia.
Civilians reported killed: 3
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Martyrs [Arabic], Hassakah Youth Union [Facebook, Arabic], Violations in Hassakah [Facebook, Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Contested

Coalition position: For June 2nd-3rd 2015, the Coalition noted that “Near Al Hasakah, two airstrikes struck one large and one small ISIL tactical unit, destroying six ISIL fighting positions.”
And for June 3rd-4th 2015 it was noted that “Near Al Hasakah, four airstrikes struck two ISIL large tactical units, destroying seven ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.”

 

June 5th, 2015: Anah, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary:
A young man, Mustafa Tarif Habib al-Ani (pictured below) was reportedly killed along with three or four of his relatives in an alleged coalition airstrike. According to the Iraqi Spring site, the family home was struck “near Rabe’e Sooq in the Rasil Gharbi area of Anah district, in western Anbar.”
Civilians reported killed: 4-5, including 3 women, and 3 ISIL militants
Reported injured: 20
Sources: Iraqi Revolution Facebook page [Arabic], Al Jazeera [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Fair, though no reported coalition strikes

Coalition position: While a number of coalition strikes were reported in Anbar province for June 4th-6th 2015, none have been reported as striking Anah. However, asked whether it had struck Anah, the coalition responded that it had carried out an airstrike “near Haditha” on the day in question.

Mustafa Tarif Habib al-Ani (Iraqi Revolution)
Mustafa Tarif Habib al-Ani, reported killed in alleged coalition strike in Iraq June 5 2015 (via Iraqi Revolution Facebook page)

 

June 6th, 2015: Fallujah, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary:
Fourteen Iraqi soldiers (or possibly Shia militia) were killed and injured in an alleged ‘friendly fire’ event at the Tark military camp south of Fallujah.
Al Sumaria cited an unnamed ‘security source as saying that “international coalition aircraft today bombed a regional military headquarters of the Iraqi army in the district of Fallujah.” Dagbladet Information also cited camp militia commander Abu Ahmed as claiming that an American aircraft had carried out the attack: “I have heard and seen F-16s since 1991, so I can easily recognize them. And no, it was not an accident. Accidents happen at the front lines, not on a large base like this.”
The alleged incident led to calls for “vengeance” against US forces in Iraq from at least one radical Shia leader. However according to the Yagen site the attack was the work of Grad rockets fired by Islamic State. Coalition officials have also insisted their aircraft did not carry out the attack.
Friendly forces reported killed: 6-7
Reported injured: 8-14
Sources: Al Sumaria News [Arabic], Al Quds [Arabic], Iraqi Revolution Facebook page [Arabic], Kitabat [Arabic], Rudaw [Arabic], Yaqen News [Arabic], Long War Journal, Daily Beast, Dagbladet Information [Danish]
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: No coalition airstrikes in the vicinity of Fallujah were reported for June 5th-7th 2015

 

June 7th, 2015: Dali Hasan near Sareen, Aleppo governorate, Syria
Summary:
The Syrian Network for Human Rights posted a video which it said showed “the destruction caused by an international coalition air strike on a house in Dali Hasan killing seven civilians from one family, including 5 children and a woman.” SOHR also attributed the event to the Coalition, with the event occuring at 4am. Villagers were afraid to approach the house for four hours for fear of more strikes, it was later reoprted by eyewitnesses.
Those killed were named as Issa Al Hassan Al Shareef and his wife Lamia Abu Dahham, walong with their six children, named by Halab News as Tahani (aged 12), Fatima (11), Aboud (9), Mohammad (aged 5), Ziad aged two and an unnamed infant.
Civilians reported killed: 8, including 6 children and 1 woman
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Network for Human Rights (1), Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Halab News (1) [Arabic], Halab News (2) [Arabic], Al A’ameq Agency [Arabic], Al Moslim [Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (2), Al Jazeera [Arabic], Associated Press, ABC News, Daily Star Lebanon, Syrian Network for Human Rights, Pictures of destroyed home, Syrian Martyrs [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position:
The coalition reported a single strike in the vicinity of Aleppo for June 6th-7th 2015: “Near Aleppo, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying an ISIL ant-aircraft artillery piece and an ISIL fighting position.


Destruction at Dali Hasan allegedly caused by coalition (SN4HR)

June 8th, 2015: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary:
In January 2016, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq reported that it had learned of a major civilian casualty incident in Mosul on Jubne 8th 2015, though had been unable either to verify the claim or attribute responsibility to any party:
On 8 June, local sources reported that an airstrike in Mosul, Ninewa, caused 33 civilian casualties. The report alleged that several residential neighbourhoods in al-Zuhour district were hit, killing 20 civilians, including seven children and nine women, and wounding 13 others, mostly women. The source claimed that there were no ISIL members in the affected neighbourhoods. UNAMI/OHCHR was unable to verify the status of all the casualties nor who was responsible for the airstrikes.”
Civilians reported killed: 20, including 7 children and 9 women
Reported injured: 13
Sources: UNAMI Report,
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position:
The Coalition reports carrying out a number of airstrikes in Mosul on June 7th-8th 2015: “Near Mosul, three airstrikes [1 Canadian] struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL staging area, destroying two ISIL vehicles.”
In addition, for June 8th-9th 2015 it notes: “
Near Mosul, four airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and an ISIL mortar firing position, destroying two ISIL buildings, two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL mortar system.”

June 10th, 2015: Arbeed, Al Raqaa governorate, Syria
Summary:
A reported Coalition strike near the ISIL-occupied village of Arbeed was said by the Syrian Network for Human Rights to have killed three civilians in a farmhouse. The dead were named as Youssef Mohamad al-Khalaf, born in 1972, and his two wives Houriya Houssein al-Rifaee (born 1982) and Oush al Sabri (born 1973.)
Two other sites described Coalition strikes in the vicinity, though did not refer to civilian deaths.
Civilians reported killed: 3, including 2 women
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Network for Human Rights, Syrian Documents [Arabic], Syrian Press Centre [Arabic], Syrian Documentation Centre [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Weak – single source
Coalition position:
A number of Coalition strikes were confirmed in the Ar Raqqa area during the relevant period. For June 9th-10th 2015 it was reported: “Near Ar Raqqah, three airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units, destroying three ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL armored vehicle.

For June 10th-11th 2015, CJTF-OIR additionally reported the following: “Near Ar Raqqah, seven airstrikes struck six ISIL tactical units, destroying seven ISIL improvised rocket assisted munitions, two ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL resupply points, two ISIL VBIEDs, an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL VBIED warehouse.”

 

Hawija June 11th
Marketplace at Hawija, June 11 2015 (via Iraqi Spring)

June 11th, 2015: Al Hawija, Kirkuk province, Iraq
Summary:
Reports claimed that a second major airstrike in a matter of days struck the town of al-Hawijah south of Kirkuk, killing many non-combatants at the marketplace and a nearby bridge. A related peshmerga offensive against Islamic State was reported in the area. Video images show the devastated market area, with many areas left burning.
Almost all sources either did not attribute the airstrike to any one party, or blamed Iraqi security forces.
Shafaq News claimed that 50 died when aircraft “targeted Daesh near Hawija market,” though like some sources it did not describe the status of those killed. Al Jazeera was clear that those targeted were non-combatants: “According to witnesses the majority of the victims were killed in the popular market, which was packed with people during the bombing.
In a
United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq report issued in January 2016, UNAMI noted: “On 11 June, an airstrike reportedly hit an ISIL target near a market in Hawija, Kirkuk. According to a source, 10 civilians were killed and wounded in the incident. Other reports mentioned more than 60 civilians killed and over 80 wounded. UNAMI/OHCHR was unable to verify the exact number of casualties nor who was responsible for the airstrike.”
Civilians reported killed: 10-60
Reported injured: 24-80
Sources: Shafaq News [Arabic], Iraqi Revolution Facebook page [Arabic], Manbar News [Arabic], JBC News [Arabic], Al Jazeera [Arabic]. Baghdad TV [Arabic], World Akhbar [Arabic], EXTREMELY GRAPHICIslamic State propaganda video , Al Khaleej Online [Arabic], UNAMI Report,
Quality of reporting: Contested

Coalition position: Three coalition strike were reported near Kirkuk for the period June 11th-12th 2015: “Near Kirkuk, three airstrikes struck three ISIL tactical units, destroying three ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL motorcycle.”


GRAPHIC: Al Jazeera report on Hawija marketplace bombing

 

June 11th, 2015: Slouk or Soluk, Al Raqqah governorate, Syria
Summary: Up to nine civilians were killed by US aircraft at Slouk in Raqaa’s suburbs.
Al Hal quoted Abu Ibrahim Al Raquaou of the group Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently as saying that as part of an operation to clear Slouk of Daesh militants, coalition planes had “targeted IS machinery near the Slouk Front and its operations killed several civilians amongst them two women and several children in their homes in the town.” Others reported that the dead were all from one family.
The head of the family was later named as Yusuf Al Sayid, who according to RBSS died alongside his two wives and five children.
A single source also reported that another civilian male, Mohammed Basil Alaiwi, was killed nearby in a strike at Junction Alkntra.
On January 15th 2016, CENTCOM conceded that US aircraft had killed at least three civilians during this strike: “On June 11, 2015, near Soluk, Syria, during strikes against an ISIL tactical unit, it is assessed that three unidentified civilians were killed.”
Civilians reported killed: 5-9, including 3-5 children and 2 women
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Network for Human Rights, Halab News [Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic], Al Hal [Arabic], Eldorar [Arabic], Sin News [Arabic], GRAPHIC Islamic State video showing destruction from alleged coalition strikes on Raqaa, Tammdon [Arabic], CENTCOM statement
,
Quality of reporting: COALITION-ASSESSED INCIDENT
Coalition position: Heavy coalition was reported at Raqaa. For June 10th-11th 2015 CJTF-OIR noted: “Near Ar Raqqah, seven airstrikes struck six ISIL tactical units, destroying seven ISIL improvised rocket assisted munitions, two ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL resupply points, two ISIL VBIEDs, an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL VBIED warehouse.”
For June 11th-12th the coalition additionally noted that “Near Ar Raqqah, four airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL rocket system.”

Residents of Tal Abyad region reportedly fleeing fighting between Islamic State and YPG Kurds June 13th 2015 (SNN)
Residents of Tal Abyad region reportedly fleeing the fighting between Islamic State and YPG Kurds June 12th 2015 (via Shaam News)

June 11th, 2015: Mohassan, Dayr az Zawr governorate, Syria
Summary:
A lawyer and muezzin of the village mosque, named as Khalalf Hmaoud Al Hosain Al Samir, died in an alleged Coalition strike which damaged the building according to reports.
Mr al-Samir’s two brothers Juma’a and Saleh had also previously been killed during clashes with regime forces.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Violations Documentation Centre, Dayr Ez Zawr 24 [Tweet, Arabic], Dayr Ez Zawr [Facebook, Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair

Coalition position: For June 10th-11th 2015, the Coalition reported that “Near Dayr Az Zawr, four airstrikes struck four ISIL crude oil collection points.”
And for June 11th-12th, it was also reported that “Near Dayr Az Zawr, four airstrikes struck four ISIL crude oil collection points.”

 

June 13th-14th, 2015: Tal Abyad vicinity, Al Raqqah governorate, Syria
Summary:
Two alleged coalition incidents were clustered together in most news reports: the killing of a family of five at Slouk; the death of a child near Ma’adan; and up to 15 further civilian deaths in other airstrikes in the vicinity.
According to SOHR, “international coalition aircraft last night carried out several strikes in the area of Sukair in the southern countryside of Tal Abiyad. Initial reports indicate deaths and injuries of civilian nationals in the bombing. We have confirmed reports of the death of a child following coalition bombing on the area of Ma’adan in the Raqqa countryside.”
The Shaam Network claimed that as many as 20 civilians died in attacks, a number also cited by Eldorar which stated: “Activists reported that five people from one family from the village of Slouk were killed yesterday morning following coalition air strikes on civilians fleeing from the hell of the battles in the countryside of Tal Abiyad. A further 15 were killed in aerial bombardments on the villages and towns in the areas areas that are seeing clashes with IS.”
Those killed at Slouk were reported to be trying to flee the fighting in two vehicles when they were struck. The head of the family was later named as Juma Al Jassim. In a possible linked event given the similar family name, Buzzfeed reported that Khawla Yasin al-Ali, 47, was killed with her female relative, Sara Husain al-Abdullah, when a Coalition strike hit her home, according to her son
Islamic State also posted a video [now deleted] showing a rescue in progress at Ar Raqaa, which it said was the result of a “coalition airstrike.” However elsewhere Daesh attributed the attack to Assad regime aircraft.
Civilians reported killed: 6-20
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic], Shaam Network Facebook page [Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (2), Eldorar [Arabic], Al Jazeera [Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (3), Halab News [Arabic], SNN [Arabic], Middle East Eye, Syrian Network for Human Rights, Tammdon [Arabic], Buzzfeed
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalitionposition: Despite claims of heavy coalition airstrikes in support of Kurdish forces in the retaking of Tel Abyaf, the coalition officially reported only a small number of events in Syria for the date in question.
On June 12th-13th 2015 CJTF-OIR reported that “Near Kobani, three airstrikes struck three ISIL tactical units, destroying an ISIL fighting position.” And for June 13th-14th just one event was reported in Syria: “Near Aleppo, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.”

 

June 13th, 2015: Kheshan, Dayr Az Zawr governorate, Syria
Summary:
Three children were reported by a single source as having been killed during an overnight coalition airstrike on a Daesh checkpoint at the town of Kheshan. However local sources said the attack was the work of the Syrian regime.
A man named as Abu Mohammed, said to be one of the relatives of the dead, told Sound And Picture that the coalition no longer appeared to be taking as much care in preventing civilian casualties: “The organization [Daesh] uses as its HQ buildings among civilians – but is that the civilians’ fault? Why are they being killed because of Daesh?
A Facebook page run by Dayr az Zawr residents also said three children had died – but attributed the attack to aircraft from the Assad regime.
Civilians reported killed: 3 children
Reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Sound and Picture [Arabic], Dayr az Zawr Residents Facebook page [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalitionposition: No coalition strikes were publicly reported in the vicinity of Dayr az Zawr between June 12th-14th 2015.

 

June 18th, 2015: Tal Abyad, Al Raqqah governorate, Syria
Summary:
Two women were reported by a single source, SOHR, as having been killed in a “coalition airstrike” in the countryside around Tal Abiyad.
Civilians reported killed: 2 women
Reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
Quality of reporting: Poor – single source
Coalitionposition: Multiple coalition strikes were confirmed in the vicinity. For June 17th-18th 2015, the coalition noted: “Near Tal Abyad, four airstrikes struck one large and two small ISIL tactical units, destroying two ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL vehicles and an ISIL excavator.”
And for June 18th-19th 2015, it was additionally reported that “Near Tal Abyad, five airstrikes struck four ISIL tactical units, destroying two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL mortar system.”

 

June 18th, 2015: Near Slouk, Al Raqqah governorate, Syria
Summary:
Up to four civilians were reported killed by the coalition when the car they were traveling in was struck.
According to SOHR, the vehicle was hit on the road between Ar Raqqah and Slouk. Sira Press reported: “Activists stressed that all those who were in the car were unarmed civilians and there were four of them and that aircraft targeted them near the town of Khaneez, which led to the martyrdom of everyone in the vehicle.
Sira Press also claimed that the coalition “also targeted a primitive oil refinery east of the village of Alhderatt [south east of Ain Issa], even though the refinery belongs to civilians who have nothing to do with Daesh.
In what may be a related incident, the Violations Documentation Centre named Abdullah Mohaisen al-Khalifeh as having been killed in ‘Coalition shellnig’ at Slouk, though gave the date of death as June 19th.

Civilians reported killed: 2-4
Reported injured: 0
Sources: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Sas News Agency [Arabic], Sira Press [Arabic], Al Hal [Arabic], Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently [Arabic], Al Hal [Arabic], Violations Documentation Centre,
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalitionposition: Multiple coalition strikes were confirmed in the vicinity. For June 17th-18th 2015, the coalition noted: “Near Tal Abyad, four airstrikes struck one large and two small ISIL tactical units, destroying two ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL vehicles and an ISIL excavator.”
And for June 18th-19th 2015, it was additionally reported that “Near Tal Abyad, five airstrikes struck four ISIL tactical units, destroying two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL mortar system.”

 

June 19th, 2015: Tall Al Adwaniyah, Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary:
In a previously unreported incident, CENTCOM reported on January 2016 that the US had injured a non-combatant during an airstrike: “On June 19, 2015, near Tall al Adwaniyah, Syria, during a strike against two ISIL vehicles, it is assessed that one civilian was injured when appearing in the target area after the U.S. aircraft released its weapon.”
Civilians reported killed: Unknown
Reported injured: 1
Sources: CENTCOM statement, Global Post,
Quality of reporting: CONFIRMED CASUALTY INCIDENT
Coalition position: In its original release for June 19th-20th 2015, the Coalition reported that “Near Al Hasakah, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying three ISIL fighting positions.”

June 19th, 2015: Arbeed, Al Raqqah governorate, Syria
Summary:
A reported 1am airstrike on the ISIL-occupied village of Arbeed was said to have killed two women at the home of Adel al Khrfan. Mr al Khrfan’s wife Khawla Yaseen al Ayoub (a mother of six children) died along with her relative Sara Houssein al Abdullah.
Mr al-Kharfan’s son later told SN4HR: “We went back to our town to find our house completely destroyed and turned to rubble. There was shrapnel left from the rockets everywhere. We pulled out my mother’s body and that of my aunt Sara.”
Civilians reported killed: 2 women
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Network for Human Rights,
Quality of reporting: Fair – single source though full SN4HR investigation
Coalition position: COALITION-ASSESSED INCIDENT
For June 18th-19th, one Coalition strike was confirmed in the Ar Raqaah area: “Near Ar Raqqah, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying two ISIL vehicles.”
Responding to a query from Airwars, Centcom stated on October 27th that “Regarding the June 19th strike in Arbeet village, Tel Abyad, it is still under investigation and we cannot provide anything further details at this time.” Officials confirmed that a Copalition strike had taken place at the location.

 

June 19th, 2015: Raqaa vicinity, Al Raqqah governorate, Syria
Summary:
Coalition aircraft allegedly struck a three-wheeled motorcycle or ‘tirterah’ which was carrying a vegetable farmer. Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently later published a graphic image of the aftermath.
The victim was named as Mohamad al Hamdou, sometimes known as Abu Abdo, a resident of Hamam al-Turkman near Ar Raqqah.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: 0
Sources: Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently tweet, Tamddon [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights, Violations Documentation Centre
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalitionposition: The Coalition appeared to confirm destroying the vehicle, noting for June 19th-20th 2015 that “Near Ar Raqqah, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units, destroying two ISIL vehicles and an ISIL motorcycle.”

Site of alleged coalition strike, June 19 2015, in which a vegetable seller died
GRAPHIC: Site of alleged coalition strike, June 19 2015, in which a vegetable seller died (via Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently)

June 23rd, 2015: Bayji, Salah el Din Province, Iraq
Summary:
In a report published in January 2016, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq cited an incident in Bayji which an alleged airstrike killed six civilians including four children. The Coalition has confirmed carrying out an airstrike in the vicinity.
According to UNAMI, “On 23 June, a house was allegedly targeted by an airstrike in Baiji district, Salah al-Din, which killed six civilians (including four children) and wounded eight others. The house was reported to have been located close to a mosque which, at the time of the attack, was occupied by ISIL. A local source from Baiji stated that the house was hit by mistake and that the target was the ISIL-occupied mosque. The source however could not confirm who carried out the airstrike.”
Local media also reported on the incident at the timem, with opinion divided on which party was responsible. According to Al Araby Iraqi planes “a report issued by the city of Baiji General Hospital said the eight dead included two children and a woman, while 27 others were injured” by Iraqi warplanes. Shafaaq noted that its local source “did not indicate whether it was an Iraqi plane or the international coalition led by the United States.”
Civilians reported killed: 6-8, including 4 children
Reported injured: 8-27
Sources: UNAMI Report, Al Araby [Arabic], Al Taghier [Arabic], Shafaaq [Arabic], Post Iraq [Arabic], Al Jazeera Mubasher [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Contested.
Coalition position: The Coalition confirms carrying out an airstrike in the vicinity on June 8th-9th 2015: “Near Bayji, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying three ISIL vehicles and an ISIL staging area.

 

June 24th, 2015: Mosul, Nineveh Province, Iraq
Summary:
Iraqi news agency NINA claimed that multiple coalition airstrikes on the city of Mosul killed 23 people and injured a further 21.
Citing an ‘anonymous security source’ the news agency reported that “Around 23 civilians were killed, including ten women and eight children, and 21 injured in the coalition bombing” which included the neighbourhoods of Rifai and Hermat. The source also claimed that “The bombing did not damage any Daash sites, and caused great resentment among the people of Mosul.”
In contrast, Erem News cited a Kurdish ministry source as saying that “international coalition aircraft bombed a secret camp belonging to Daesh near Bartallah east of Mosul, which led to the deaths of 20 of their leaders – most of them Syrians and Afghans.”
Civilians reported killed: 23
Reported injured: 21
Sources: NINA [Arabic], Al Quds citing DPA [Arabic], Erem News [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Poor – single source. Contested.
Coalitionposition: Airstrikes were confirmed in the vicinity for June 24th-25th 2014: “Near Mosul, three airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, an ISIL fighting position and land features denying ISIL a tactical advantage, destroying an ISIL vehicle.

 

June 25th, 2015: Mahmoudiya, Nineveh Province, Iraq
Summary:
Although reporting was confused, there were claims of a fresh coalition airstrike in the vicinity of Hawija which killed a number of civilians.
A Facebook page calling itself Hawija Now said that five women and 2 children died in the nearby village of Mahmoudiya. One extremely graphic image appears to show a woman survivor of the event, clutching the body of a horrifically injured child.
Interviewing eyewitnesses who later fled to Mosul, Al Khaleej said that the alleged strike took place shortly before the end of the day’s Ramadan fast, and targeted an Islamic State headquarters at a location known as the Riyadh grain silo: “According to witnesses, who spoke to our correspondent, coalition aircraft had dropped leaflets on the region, on Wednesday, urging residents to get out and to stay away from the headquarters of IS and its gatherings,, because they will be vulnerable to bombing; prompting dozens of families to leave Hawija towards Mosul.”
Civilians reported killed: 5-7 including 5 women, 2 children
Reported injured: 13
Sources: Iraqi Revolution Facebook page [Arabic], Hawija Now Facebook page (1) [Arabic], EXTREMELY GRAPHIC Hawija Now Facebook page (2) [Arabic], Iraq Agency Central News [Arabic], Shafaq News [Arabic], Al Khaleej Online [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair

Coalition position: The coalition confirmed an airstrike in the near vicinity for June 25th-26th 2015: “Near Al Huwayjah, one airstrike struck an ISIL mortar firing position.”

Reported survivor of a coalition airstrike in Syria holds the body of a child, June 25 2015
EXTREMELY GRAPHIC Reported survivor of a coalition airstrike in Syria holds the body of a child, June 25 2015 (via Hawija Now Facebook page)

 

June 25th, 2015: Qayyarah near Mosul, Nineveh Province, Iraq
Summary:
Up to 17 civilians were allegedly killed during a coalition air raid at Qayyarah near Mosul, two sources claimed.
NINA reported that six women and four children were among the dead. And German news agency DPA gave identical casualty figures, citing a source as saying that “the bodies of the civilians have now reached the forensic medicine department in Mosul.
Civilians reported killed: 17
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: NINA [Arabic], DPA (via Alwatan)
Quality of reporting: Poor – with both sources almost identical in their reports
Coalitionposition: Three coalition airstrikes were reported in the vicinity for June 25th-26th 2015: “Near Mosul, three airstrikes struck an ISIL checkpoint, an ISIL staging area and an ISIL mortar firing position.

 

June 26th, 2015: Al Mayadeen, Dayr az Zawr governorate, Syria
Summary:
A civilian non-combatant named as Hussein Ali Al Hreib was reported killed in a Coalition bombing on the road linking Shadadi with Deir az Zawr. The victim came from the town of Mayadeen.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Violations Documentation Centre, Furat News [Facebook, Arabic], Sada Dayr az Zawr [Facebook, Arabic], Syrian Human Rights Committee [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: The Coalition noted for June 25th-26th 2015 that “Near Dayr Az Zawr, one airstrike destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.”

 

June 28th, 2015: Hit, Anbar Province, Iraq
Summary:
A reported coalition airstrike on a Daesh/ ISIL checkpoint also allegedly killed seven non-combatants, according to a single source. According to al Sharqiyah the civilians were caught up in the attack after being held at the checkpoint for an inspection.
Civilians reported killed: 7
Reported injured: 6
Sources: Al Sharqiya News [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Poor – single source
Coalitionposition: No coalition strike was publicly reported at Hit for June 27th-29th 2015.

 

June 29th, 2015: Haditha, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary:
In a previously unknown case, CENTCOM reported on January 15th 2015 that US aircraft injured or possbily killed two or more civilians after an attack on an ISIL tactical unit and vehicles:
On June 29, 2015, near Haditha, Iraq, during strikes against one ISIL tactical unit and two ISIL vehicles, it is assessed that two civilians were injured. After the U.S. aircraft engaged the target and two seconds prior to impact, a car slowed in front of the ISIL vehicles while a motorcycle simultaneously passed by. The target vehicle was destroyed in the strike but there was insufficient evidence to determine the level of injuries to the civilians operating the passing car and motorcycle.”
Civilians reported killed: 0-2 or more
Reported injured: 0-2 or more
Sources: CENTCOM statement, Global Post,
Quality of reporting: CONFIRMED CASUALTY INCIDENT
Coalitionposition: In its original published report for June 29th-30th 2015, the Coalition noted only that “Near Haditha, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying two ISIL vehicles.

 

June 30th, 2015: Slouk, Al Raqqah Governorate, Syria
Summary:
A civilian car was reported hit in a coalition airstrike 20km to the south of Slouk, killing those inside. The attack was described as occurring near Umm al Brameel, to the south east of Tal Abyad. Among the dead was a child named as Mohmmad Ali Ahmad Al Assaf.
Civilians reported killed: 2 or more
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Shaam Network [Arabic], Tweet by Abu Ibrahim Raqqawi [Arabic], Centre for Strategic and Cultural Studies [Arabic], Siraj Press [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalitionposition: The coalition confirmed a single airstrike in the vicinity for June 30th-July 1st 2015, noting that “Near Tal Abyad, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

ABOVE: Tweet describing death of 10-year old Mohmmad Ali Ahmad Al Assaf

July 2015

July 1st 2015: Romman Tel or Rifae near Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary:
There were claims that up to 22 civilians were killed and 16 injured in Coalition airstrikes to the west of Mosul. Women and children were reported to be among the casualties.
In a January 2016 report, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq noted: “According to a source, on 1 July, 17 civilians, including four children and six women, were reportedly killed in an airstrike conducted in the al-Rifaie area of western Mosul, Ninewa. 11 other civilians were reportedly wounded. UNAMI/OHCHR was unable to verify the status of all the casualties nor who was responsible for the airstrike.”
Civilians reported killed: 17-22, including 4 children and 6 women
Reported injured: 11-16
Sources: NINA [Arabic], UNAMI Report,
Quality of reporting: Possibly contested
Coalition position:
Two strikes were reported in the vicinity for June 30th-July 1st 2015:Near Mosul, two airstrikes struck an ISIL staging area, an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL building.”

Additional airstrikes were reported for July 1st-2nd 2015: “Near Mosul, four airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, two ISIL mortar firing positions and an ISIL fighting position, destroying an ISIL building and an ISIL VBIED.

 

July 1st 2015: Hawija, Kirkuk province, Iraq
Summary:
An alleged ‘retaliatory’ strike by coalition aircraft reportedly killed 18 civilians and injured a further 10, according to a single source. Al Gharbiya claimed that a number of villages south west of Hawija were hit.
Civilians reported killed: 18
Reported injured: 10
Sources: Al Gharbiya News [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Poor – single source
Coalition position:
Strikes were confirmed in the vicinity for July 1st-2nd 2015: “Near Al Huwayjah, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying two ISIL heavy machine guns and an ISIL building.”

 

July 4th 2015: Ar Raqqa, Al Raqqa governorate, Syria
Summary: In some of the heaviest coalition bombing reported for Syria, US aircraft struck multiple Daesh targets in the strategic city of Raqaa – the beginning of a lengthy air campaign in which numerous civilians are now confirmed to have died.
Between 7 and 8 civilians were reported as being among the 23 dead in this first incident which occurred at around 4pm. CENTCOM conceded six months later that it had ‘likely’ killed three unnamed civilians in the incident.
The significant airstrikes tonight were executed to deny Daesh the ability to move military capabilities throughout Syria and into Iraq,” US Lt Colonel Thomas Gilleran had told reporters at the time. “This was one of the largest deliberate engagements we have conducted to date in Syria, and it will have debilitating effects on Daesh’s ability to move from ar-Raqqah.”
However SOHR reported that seven civilians died in one attack “by a drone” near Al Hameeda school, including a man and his son Fouad. Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) eventually placed the non-combatant death toll at eight, describing the slain boy as 10 years old. A 15 year old boy named as Mohammad Hammad Al A’akassi later died of his injuries.
RBSS described the target of the coalition strike as a vehicle, and said that the civilians killed had died as a result of shrapnel injuries.
Buzzfeed also spoke with two eyewitnesses to the event, with one noting: “They hit the target. But the people around the target were affected. I saw the kid laying on the sidewalk, and I felt I couldn’t walk.” According to the news site ISIL militants carried away the remains of at least two of their comrades, leaving the dead civilians on the street.
The civilian dead have been named as:
Uday Ammar Al Shawakh
Marwan Mustafa Hammad
[however also named as ISIL combatant]
Fouad Hamoud Al Nimr (aged 10)
Mohammed Khalil Al Raheel (aged 50)
Faisal Na’ila
Raed Na’ila (11 years old)
Mohammad Hammad Al A’akassi (aged 15)

Mohammed Al Sheikh
On January 15th 2016, CENTCOM conceded that civilians had likely died in this attack on a High Value Target: “On July 4, 2015, near Ar Raqqah, Syria, during a strike against an ISIL High Value Individual, a car and a motorcycle entered the target area after the weapon was released. It is assessed three unidentified civilians were likely killed.
Civilians reported killed: 7-8 including 3 children
Reported injured: 24 or more
Sources: Coalition press release, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (2), Syrian Network for Human Rights, Al Jazeera English, ISIL video, Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently [Arabic], CONTAINS LINKS TO GRAPHIC IMAGES Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently (2) [Arabic], Syrian Martyrs [Arabic], Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently (3) – names of victims [Arabic], Syrian Human Rights Committee [Arabic], The Guardian, Coalition airstrike video (1). Coalition airstrike video (2), Syrian Network for Human Rights (2), Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently (4) [Arabic], Asharq Al Awsat [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights (3), Syrian Network for Human Rights (4), Buzzfeed, CENTCOM statement, Global Post,
Quality of reporting: CONFIRMED CASUALTY INCIDENT
Coalition position: The coalition has confirmed carrying out eighteen airstrikes in the vicinity on July 4th-5th 2015: “Near Ar Raqqah, 18 airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying three ISIL vehicles and 16 ISIL bridges.

Doctors operate on a civilian reportedly injured in a US air raid on Raqaa July 4th (via Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently)
Doctors operate on a civilian reportedly injured in a US air raid on Raqaa July 4th (via Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently)

 

An elderly civilian male, reportedly a victim of a US airstrike on Raqaa, Syria July 4 2015 ((via Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently)
An elderly civilian male, reportedly a victim of a US airstrike on Raqaa, Syria July 4 2015 (via Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently)
A young surivor of a reported US airstrike receives medical attention, July 4 2015 (via Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently))
A young surivor of a reported US airstrike receives medical attention, July 4 2015 (via Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently)
Mohammed al Sheikh, killed in a reported coalition airstrike on Raqaa July 4 2015
Mohammed al Sheikh, killed in a reported coalition airstrike on Raqaa, Syria July 4 2015 (via Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently)

July 4th 2015: Ar Raqqa, Al Raqqa governorate, Syria
Summary:
In the second confirmed civilian fatality incident of the day in Raqaa,”during strikes against 16 ISIL bridges, it was assessed one civilian in a truck with a trailer was likely killed.” US aircraft were responsible for the death, CENTCOM admitted some six months later.
Reporting remains confused for the city that day – a result of dozens of bombings by Coalition aircraft. As Raqaa is Being Slaughtered noted at the time, the air raids were “accompanied by the sound of ambulances going all over the city, and a state of panic and fear among the civilian population.” There is no specific reference to a civilian killed with a truck and trailer – suggesting that this fatality was discovered as a result of US post-strike assessments.

Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: ISIL propaganda video, Coalition airstrike video, Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently [Arabic], CENTCOM media release, Airwars, Tampa Tribune, The Guardian, Daily Beast,
Quality of reporting: CONFIRMED CASUALTY INCIDENT

Coalition position: The coalition has confirmed carrying out eighteen airstrikes in the vicinity on July 4th-5th 2015: “Near Ar Raqqah, 18 airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying three ISIL vehicles and 16 ISIL bridges.

July 4th 2015: Ar Raqqa, Al Raqqa governorate, Syria
Summary:
In the third reported civilian fatality incident of the day in Raqaa, an internally displaced family of seven living under a bridge were said to have been crushed to death following a Coalition airstrike.
Buzzfeed cited a surviving close relative in Turkey, who declined to be named publicly but said that “his father and mother were killed along with his two brothers, his sister, and her two children. ‘They have no respect for human rights and international laws that call for protecting civilians,’ he said of the U.S.”
Civilians reported killed: 7, including 2 children
Reported injured:
Sources: ISIL propaganda video, Coalition airstrike video, Buzzfeed
Quality of reporting: Fair, although presently single source

Coalition position: The coalition has confirmed carrying out eighteen airstrikes in the vicinity on July 4th-5th 2015: “Near Ar Raqqah, 18 airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying three ISIL vehicles and 16 ISIL bridges.

July 5th 2015: Hassakah, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary:
Two civilians named as Abdul Sattar Adnan Al Omar and Muhannad Adnan Al Omar were reported killed in a Coalition strike at Hassakah which allegedly hit the Tal Al Jayer Medical Centre.
It was also reported that “a number of women and children” were injured in the attack.
Civilians reported killed: 2
Reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Syrian Martyrs [Arabic], Violations Documentation Centre, Hassakah Media Centre [Arabic], Syrian Human Rights Committee [Arabic], Siraj Press [Arabic], Youth Union of Hassakah [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair

Coalition position: The Coalition reported a number of strikes for July 4th-5th 2015: “Near Al Hasakah, five airstrikes struck five ISIL tactical units, destroying three ISIL vehicles, and four ISIL fighting positions.”
It was also reported for July 5th-6th that “Near Al Hasakah, five airstrikes struck four ISIL tactical units, destroying an ISIL tank, six ISIL vehicles, an ISIL building, an ISIL staging position and an ISIL fighting position.”

July 7th 2015: Ar Raqqa, Al Raqqa governorate, Syria
Summary:
In a casualty incident later confirmed by the US, its aircraft targeted a vehicle in the vicinity of Al Shefa Hospital in Raqaa, wounding seven civilians in the process. No fatalities were initially reported, with the hospital also reportedly damaged.
In a Facebook posting marking the event, locals insisted that all of those injured were non-combatants although the US says its target was “ISIL fighters.”

The Syrian Network later reported that one man died of his injuries, named as Ezz al Deen al Nazzal, 27 years old. CENTCOM notes only that “a civilian was injured by a secondary explosion and flying debris from the initial strike,” suggestng that the US was relying only on aerial footage for its assessment.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: 7
Sources: Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights, Al Sham al Islami [Arabic], Residents’ Facebook page [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights (2), Syrian Network for Human Rights (3), CENTCOM media release, Airwars, Tampa Tribune, The Guardian, Daily Beast,
Quality of reporting: CONFIRMED CASUALTY INCIDENT
Coalition position:
The coalition has confirmed a strike for July 7th-8th 2015, noting: “Near Ar Raqqah, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.”

Alleged civilian casualty of July 7th strike on Raqaa featured in ISIL propagana video (via SN4HR)
Alleged civilian casualty of July 7th strike on Raqaa featured in ISIL propaganda video (via SN4HR)

 

July 7th 2015: Hatla, Dayr ez Zawr governorate, Syria
Summary:
There were contradictory claims as to the status of Bassel Jassem Al Jirroh reported killed in a Coalition strike at Hatla. While Syrian Maryrs and al-Natiq described him as a non-combatant killed at Al Aziziah street, the pro-government Tishreen said al-Jirroh was a ‘terrorist.’
Hassakah News Network also said al-Jirroh was a combatant, killed in a Syrian regime airstrike: “Three armoured vehicles were also targeted and five cars equipped with machine guns, as well as terrorist groupings in The Youth housing which led to the destruction of the armored vehicles and the killing of a number of terrorists.”
Civilians reported killed: 0-1
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Martyrs [Arabic], Tishreen News Network [Arabic], Hassakah News Network [Arabic], Al Natiq [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position:
The Coalition has confirmed strikes in the vicinity for July 6th-7th 2015: “Near Al Hasakah, four airstrikes struck five ISIL tactical units, destroying an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL building.”

In addition, for July 7th-8th it was reported that “Near Al Hasakah, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units, destroying four ISIL vehicles, two ISIL bunkers and five ISIL fighting positions.”

July 8th 2015: Ar Raqqa, Al Raqqa governorate, Syria
Summary:
A single source, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, claimed that two civilians were killed and others wounded, “some of them injured badly.”
In a possible linked event, Al Hurra reported that the coalition targeted and killed Daesh leader Abu Abdallah Al Ozbeki [‘the Uzbek’], outside a hotel in the centre of Raqaa. Citing SOHR’s director Rami Abdel Rahman, it was reported that a number of civilians may also have died in the attack.
However Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently, while reporting coalition strikes on the city, made no mention of civilian casualties in its own coverage of the day.
Civilians reported killed: 2
Reported injured: 2+
Sources: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Al Hurra [Arabic], Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Poor – single source
Coalition position:
The coalition noted intense new activity above the city for July 8th-9th 2015, reporting that “Near Ar Raqqah, one airstrike struck 20 ISIL staging areas.”

 

July 8th 2015: Kafr Daryan, Idlib governorate, Syria
Summary:
A US night time airstrike on a vehicle carrying alleged al-Nusra Front personnel also killed two passing civilian motorcyclists. They were later named by SN4HR as Ahmad Mohamad al Tahini, and Hussein Mohammad Kheir al Tahini. Both worked in the local shoe industry.
In January 2016 CENTCOM confirmed that its airstrike had targeted “a vehicle carrying Khorasan Group Leader Muhsin al-Fadhli.” A US post-strike assessment had then concluded that “two civilians on a motorcycle were likely injured.” CENTCOM’s ommission of the deceased mens’ details indicated that credible external sources were not playing a major role in US casualty assessments.
Civilians reported killed: 2
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Network for Human Rights, Video of destroyed car, CENTCOM press release, Photo of destroyed car, Al Jazeera [Arabic], CENTCOM media release, Airwars, Tampa Tribune, The Guardian, Daily Beast,
Quality of reporting: CONFIRMED CASUALTY INCIDENT
Coalition position:
The US has confirmed it carried out an attack on al Nusra on July 8th 2015:Near Idlib, Syria, coalition military forces conducted one airstrike against a network of veteran al Qa’eda operatives, sometimes called the “Khorasan Group,” who are known to plot external attacks against the United States and our allies. The airstrike struck a tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.”


Alleged al Nusra vehicle destroyed by US July 8th 2015

 

July 9th 2015: Al Hassakah, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary:
The death of a 12 year old boy, Fares al-Khodour in an alleged coalition airstrike on al Hassakah on July 9th led to an international outpouring of grief and condemnation of the ongoing civil war in Syria – and of the coalition’s own involvement.
Fares had fled as a refugee with his family to Beirut, Lebanon where he became a flower seller in busy Hamra Street. Popular with Beirutis for his friendly manner and smart dress, Fares soon earned the nickname among some of Hamra’s Mascot, and he was often photographed smiling with his customers. Many such pictures were published on social media following his death, with at least one candlelit vigil held in Beirut in his memory. According to al Araby, “Once asked about what he wants be when he grows up, Fares answered: “I want to be a lawyer to defend kids who work and don’t go to school.
Fares had only reportedly returned to his home town in Syria a few days before his death, in order to visit family members. Very few details of the alleged strike itself have emerged, with Turkish agency Anatolia News apparently the first to report the death of Fares two days after the event. Heavy coalition airstrikes have been confirmed on al Hassakah on the day in question.
Controversially al Hadath claimed that a young suicide bomber with the nom de guerre of Abu Khattab Al Ansari, who had carried out a suicide attack on Kurdish positions in Raqaa on July 7th, was in fact Fares. The story was roundly condemned as a fake, including by Fares’ surviving brother Youssef.
Civilians reported killed: 1, child
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Al Mogaz [Arabic], Al Hadath [Arabic], Annahar [Arabic], Al Araby, Daily Mail, Hamra Street Facebook page [Arabic], Lebanon Daily Star, 24 News Tweet [Arabic], Violations Documentation Centre
Quality of reporting: Fair

Coalition position: Heavy coalition airstrikes were confirmed for July 9th-10th 2015:Near Al Hasakah, seven airstrikes struck an ISIL large tactical unit and six ISIL tactical units destroying four ISIL vehicles and six ISIL fighting positions.

Pictures of popular flower seller Fares taken in Beirut (via Hamra Street Facebook page)
Pictures of the popular flower seller Fares al Khodour, taken in Beirut (via Hamra Street Facebook page)
Child suicide bomber 'Abu Khattab Al Ansari', who one newspaper controversially claimed was Fares (via Al Hadath)
Child suicide bomber ‘Abu Khattab Al Ansari’, who one newspaper controversially claimed was Fares (via Al Hadath)

 

July 9th 2015: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary:
Up to 15 civilians including women and children were allegedly killed in a reported coalition airstrike at Mosul, which was also said to have injured seven people.
The National Iraq News Agency (NINA), citing what it described as a local source, reported that “the international coalition aircraft bombed houses belonging to unarmed civilians believed to be strongholds of the organization Daash in Qayyarah and Hamam al-Alil and Shura south of Mosul.”
Civilians reported killed: 15
Reported injured: 7
Sources: NINA [Arabic], Al Masdar News [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Poor – apparently single source
Coalition position:
One coalition strike was reported in the vicinity for July 8th-9th 2015: “Near Mosul, one airstrike destroyed an ISIL building.

For July 9th-10th 2015 it also reported that “Near Mosul, two airstrikes struck an ISIL mortar position and an ISIL rocket position.

July 9th 2015: Palmyra, Homs governorate, Syria
Summary:
A badly wounded Syrian refugee told Buzzfeed that he believed his injuries had been caused by a Coalition airstrike at Palmyra, although no strikes at that location had been reported at the time (the first publicly reported Coalition strikes on Palmyra were on September 9th 2015.)
Mohamed Raja, aged 23, lost his right arm and was paralyzed from the waist down after being caught in an airstrike on a passing oil tanker. “He and his family believe it was a coalition attack because of its precision. But the coalition has never announced any strikes in the city, while the regime bombed it heavily that day, making it unlikely that the coalition was to blame,” noted Buzzfeed.
Civilians reported killed: 0
Reported injured: 1
Sources: Buzzfeed
Quality of reporting: Weak – apparently single source
Coalition position:
No publicly-reported Coalition strikes between July 8th-10th 2015 matched this report.

 

July 11th 2015: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary:
There were fresh claims of coalition-inflicted civilian casualties at Mosul, with 37 non-combatants killed and injured in airstrikes reportedly aimed at disrupting power supplies to the city.
According to NINA, the dawn raid “caused a complete interruption of electricity – and some water pumps stopped in the city.” Some hospitals reportedly lost access to clean water. Twenty civilians were allegedly killed in the strikes, among them seven women and three children. A further 17 civilians were said to have been injured.
Civilians reported killed: 20, including 7 women and 3 children
Reported injured: 17
Sources: NINA [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Poor – single source
Coalition position: The coalition confirms it carried out multiple strikes at Mosul on July 10th-11th 2015:Near Mosul, four airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units, an ISIL rocket position and 11 ISIL staging areas and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun.

 

July 11th 2015: Ar Raqqah, Al Raqqah governorate, Syria
Summary:
A young civilian male named as Issa Al Hmeidan was reportedly killed along with an Islamic State militant in a confirmed US airstrike near Ar Raqaa. According to a number of sources, aircraft targeted a sugar factory which was used as a base by the militants.
In January 2016, CENTCOM admitted civilian casualties had been inflicted in the attack: “During counter-ISIL strikes it was assessed one civilian was killed. A post-strike review revealed a secondary explosion from a vehicle crossing a bridge nearby the intended target; this explosion resulted in one civilian likely killed.”
CENTCOM’s ommission of the deceased mans’ biographical details indicates that credible external sources had not played a major role in the casualty assessment.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently [Arabic], Al Araby [Arabic], Erem News [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights, Syrian Matryrs [Arabic], CENTCOM media release, Airwars, Tampa Tribune, The Guardian, Daily Beast,
Quality of reporting: CONFIRMED CASUALTY INCIDENT
Coalition position:
The coalition has confirmed numerous airstrikes in the immediate vicinity. For July 10th-11th 2015 it notes: “Near Ar Raqqah, three airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, an ISIL structure and destroyed an ISIL excavator.”

For July 11th-12th 2015 CJTF-OIR additionally notes that: “Near Ar Raqqah, six airstrikes struck five ISIL staging areas and an ISIL personnel carrier destroying an ISIL t-wall and two ISIL excavators.”

 

July 11th 2015: Ar Raqqah, Al Raqqah governorate, Syria
Summary:
In the second of three Raqaa incidents for July 11th in which coalition aircraft allegedly caused non-combatant deaths, a woman and two or three of her children died in an airstrike at the village of Warakat Samra according to reports. Her husband was severely injured in the attack, losing his leg. .
Civilians reported killed: 3-4, including 2-3 children
Reported injured: 1
Sources: Al Araby [Arabic], Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently [Arabic], Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently (2) [Arabic], Syrian Martyrs [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position:
The coalition has confirmed numerous airstrikes in the immediate vicinity. For July 10th-11th 2015 it notes: “Near Ar Raqqah, three airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, an ISIL structure and destroyed an ISIL excavator.”

For July 11th-12th 2015 CJTF-OIR additionally notes that: “Near Ar Raqqah, six airstrikes struck five ISIL staging areas and an ISIL personnel carrier destroying an ISIL t-wall and two ISIL excavators.”

 

July 11th 2015: Ar Raqqah, Al Raqqah governorate, Syria
Summary:
In the last of three reported Raqaa incidents for July 11th, a civilian firefighting team in the city reportedly died in a coalition airstrike.
According to Al Araby, the coalition “launched eight raids targeting Daesh sites on the outskirts of Raqqa city. These hit the areas of Al Hamrat, Al Sina’a [Industry] and the Faculty of Science near the shrine Aweys Al Qarni, killing an entire fire crew team and igniting fires at the target locations.”
Civilians reported killed: 4 or more
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Al Araby [Arabic], Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently [Arabic], Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently [photos]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position:
The coalition has confirmed numerous airstrikes in the immediate vicinity. For July 10th-11th 2015 it notes: “Near Ar Raqqah, three airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, an ISIL structure and destroyed an ISIL excavator.”

For July 11th-12th 2015 CJTF-OIR additionally notes that: “Near Ar Raqqah, six airstrikes struck five ISIL staging areas and an ISIL personnel carrier destroying an ISIL t-wall and two ISIL excavators.”

One of several fires caused by alleged coalition airstrikes on Ar raqaa on July 11 2015 (via Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently)
One of several fires caused by alleged coalition airstrikes on Ar Raqaa July 11 2015 (via Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently)

 

July 11th-12th 2015: Ar Raqqah, Al Raqqah governorate, Syria
Summary: A boy named as Amjad Mohammed was reportedly killed along with eleven alleged Daesh militants, in a fresh coalition airstrike on the outskirts of Ar Raqaa.
According to SOHR, the child may have belonged to ‘Cubs of the Caliphate’ – an Islamic State indoctrination unit for young children in the city. One report claimed he died as a result of “airstrikes carried out by coalition warplanes on the farms of al-Asadiyyeh area, to the north of Raqqah city.” Another report said he was begging near a bridge in the north of the city when it was struck by the coalition.
Separately, an adult male non-combatant named as Sari Ibrahim Al A’akar also reportedly died as the result of a coalition strike on Mankalan bridge.
In an unusual move, the coalition reported that while both its own aircraft and those of the Assad regime had bombed Raqaa on July 11th-12th, “The nearest Coalition airstrike to Ar Raqqa city-center was 6.75 km away and targeted four bridges.”
Islamic State later published a propaganda video in which it said one adult male non-combatant had died in the US airstrikes. The organisation said that all bridges into the city had been destroyed, forcing locals to use side roads to get in and out.
Civilians reported killed: 2 including 1 child, and 11 militants
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently, Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently (2) [Arabic], Syrian Human Rights Committee [Arabic], Islamic State propaganda video [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights, Violations Documentation Centre, Syrian Martyrs [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For July 11th-12th 2015 CJTF-OIR additionally notes that: “Near Ar Raqqah, six airstrikes struck five ISIL staging areas and an ISIL personnel carrier destroying an ISIL t-wall and two ISIL excavators.” An additional note pointed out that: “Separately, Syrian aircraft conducted airstrikes within Ar Raqqah near the timeframe of Coalition forces. These Syrian airstrikes were not coordinated with the Coalition. The nearest Coalition airstrike to Ar Raqqa city-center was 6.75 km away and targeted four bridges.”
For the following day, July 12th-13th, it additionally confirmed that “Near Ar Raqqah, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.”

ABOVE: A local Raqaa tweet reporting the death of Amjad Mohammed in an alleged coalition airstrike, July 12 2015


Islamic State propaganda video on destruction of Raqaa’s bridges

 

July 13th 2015: Ar Raqqah, Al Raqqah governorate, Syria
Summary: The Syrian Martyrs website named Ala’a Abou Abdallah from Deir Ba’alba, Homs as having been killed by Coalition bombing in Raqqa on July 13th. It gave as its source the Syrian Network for Human Rights.
The Syrian Human Rights Committee also named Ala’a as having been killed.

Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Martyrs [Arabic], Damascus Centre for Human Rights [Arabic], Syrian Human Rights Committee [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: The Coalition reported one strike at Raqaa for July 12th-13th 2015: “Near Ar Raqqah, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.”
No strikes were publicly reported in the area for July 13th-14th 2015.

 

July 16th 2015: Ar Raqqah, Al Raqqah governorate, Syria
Summary: Coalition aircraft allegedly destroyed an “ISIS-owned digger,” killing a man local monitoring group Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently described as a civilian driver: “Coalition planes targeted a drilling vehicle belonging to Daesh which is used for digging berms in the area of Tal Al Bayi’a. This led to the burning of the vehicle, and to the death of the driver.”
The combatant status of such individuals in the eyes of the coalition remains unclear. However in once Facebook entry a man naming himself as Abd Al Kareem Mohammad said that the victim was a family member, and a non-combatant: “IS threatened him and forced him to work with them. The poor man has just had his first baby boy born twenty days ago. Don’t judge people from their appearances. Some people have very little choice.”
In a related incident, Buzzfeed cited an eyewitness to a nearby Coalition strike on an ISIL checkpoint. As the 28-year old mother of three fled with her children, she reported seeing the body of a neighbor who’d been driving across the bridge carrying groceries. She complained to the news site: “We used to feel safe when we saw the American airstrikes. Now my daughters are afraid to go to the school, because they say there is ISIS and there is American airstrikes.”
Civilians reported killed: 2
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently [Arabic], Buzzfeed
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: The Coalition has confirmed it destroyed an excavation vehicle and a checkpoint in the vicinity on July 15th-16th 2015: “Near Ar Raqqah, five airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units, an ISIL structure and an ISIL checkpoint and destroyed an ISIL excavator and two ISIL vehicles.

 

July 17th 2015: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: Waiter Muhannad Hisham Alnemah was killed in a US airstrike near the Al Afandi Restaurant in the main street of Hadbah neighborhood. An unspecified additional number of restaurant staff and customers were also reported killed and injured in the attack.
In January 2016, CENTCOM admitted the civilian casualty incident, noting that “during strikes against ISIL fighters traveling in a vehicle, it was assessed one civilian was injured.
According to the Mosul Ateka website [since destroyed by Islamic State] Muhannad had looked out of the restaurant door during the airstrike and had seen a terrified young child in the street. He rescued the child, but was then struck in the head by shrapnel as he re-entered the building. He later died of his injuries in hospital.
Muhannad’s death occurred on the first day of Eid, the public holiday celebrating the end of the Ramadan fasting period.

Civilians reported killed: 1 or more
Reported injured: ‘Several’
Sources: Mosul Ateka Facebook page [Arabic], Hunaal Hadbaa Facebook site [Arabic], Hunaal Hadbaa (2) [Arabic], Mosul Ateka (2) [Arabic], CENTCOM media release, Airwars, Tampa Tribune, The Guardian, Daily Beast,

Quality of reporting: CONFIRMED CASUALTY INCIDENT
Coalition position: For July 16th-17th 2015 the coalition reports that: “Near Mosul, three airstrikes [2 Canadian] struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL technical vehicle, an ISIL mortar tube, two ISIL buildings and an ISIL bunker.”
For July 17th-18th, it was additionally reported that “Near Mosul, two airstrikes destroyed two ISIL vehicles.

Muhannad Hisham, killed in an alleged coalition strike on Mosul July 17 2015 (via Mosul Ateka)
Muhannad Hisham, killed in an alleged coalition strike at Mosul on July 17 2015 – the first day of Eid (via Mosul Ateka)

 

July 18th 2015: Al Sibaheyah, Al Raqqah governorate, Syria
Summary: See July 24th incident

 

July 18th 2015: Majareen nr Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary:
According to local MP Abdulrahman al Louzi, a dozen male agricultural workers died when the Coalition struck the village of Majareen. Among the dead were said to be five brothers from one family. The men were reported to have been converting hay to animal feed at the time of the attack.
According to al-Louzi, “I did not want to comment on this until I was quite sure that those people killed are civilians, because I’m not ready to defend anyone linked to Daesh. Sources today confirmed that those persons are actually civilians, and that among them were five brothers from one family.
Civilians reported killed: 12
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Facebook page of MP Abdulrahman al Louzi [Arabic], Ayn al-Iraq News [Arabic], NINA [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position:
It was not clear whether any reported Coalition incident matched the event. On July 17th-18th 2015, CJTF-OIR noted that “Near Mosul, two airstrikes destroyed two ISIL vehicles.

On July 18th-19th 2015 it also noted that “Near Mosul, one airstrike struck an ISIL mortar and destroyed an ISIL building.

 

July 21st 2015: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: A vehicle was reportedly bombed by the coalition in Al Muthanna neighbourhood in Mosul , leading to claims that one civilian was killed and a further four injured.
Local residents’ site Hunaal Hadbaa said that a KIA Rio car was targeted in the attack, with shrapnel then killing and injuring civilians in the vicinity. One commentator on the site said that the dead man had been riding his motorbike nearby. A victim was later named as Gamal Abdel Mahmoud, described as being killed when his car was accidentally hit – suggesting that there may have been two fatalities.
The militant targets, said to be eating in a nearby restaurant, reportedly escaped unharmed.

Civilians reported killed: 1-2
Reported injured: 4
Sources: Hunaal Hadbaa Facebook page [Arabic], Mosul Ateka Facebook page [Arabic], Mosul Ateka (2) [Arabic], Mosul Ateka (3)

Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: The coalition has confirmed destroying a vehicle in the vicinity on July 21st-22nd 2015: “Near Mosul, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical units and an ISIL heavy weapon and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

Gamal Abdel Mahmoud, victim of a reported coalition targeted strike on July 21 2015 (via Mosul Ateka)
Gamal Abdel Mahmoud, killed when his car was struck in a reported coalition targeted strike on July 21 2015 (via Mosul Ateka)
Alleged coalition strike in Mosul July 21 2015, which reportedly killed a civilian (via Mosul Ateka)
Alleged coalition strike in Mosul July 21 2015, which reportedly killed a civilian (via Mosul Ateka)

 

July 23rd 2015: Nahiyat Sereen, Aleppo governorate, Syria
Summary: A reported Coalition airstrike at 3.45pm killed up to seven civilians including two children, at Nahiyat Sereen near Aleppo. One young victim, Mohammad Jassen Al Abou Rakan, was decapitated in the incident, with graphic images of his body widely distributed on social media.
Islamic State later published a propaganda video of the event, including interviews with eyewitnesses and rescuers. One man told the camera: “Civilians coming here to get bread are getting killed. What is this? Where are civilians supposed to go? Are they supposed to go to the wilderness to save themselves? Damn them.

Another man described the buildings reportedly hit in the raid: “Today the coalition planes came to continue what the criminals from the PKK had started. More than 4 or five missiles were fired at once destroying many houses. The house of Hajj Ali and the house of the son of Hajj Ali; the house of Ali Al Hassani; the house of Mohammad Al Hajrashi; and a big number of civilian shops. All the victims are civilians that have nothing to do with what is happening at all.
Civilians reported killed: 2-7, including 2 children
Reported injured: 5 or more
Sources: Syrian Network for Human Rights, Al Etihad Press [Arabic], Halab Today TV [Arabic], GRAPHIC Tweet from local activist [Arabic], EXTREMELY GRAPHIC Tweet of father with corpse of decapitated daughter, EXTREMELY GRAPHIC Tweet showing victim of incident, Islamic State propaganda video [Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Syrian Network for Human Rights (2), Violations Documentation Centre
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: No coalition strikes were publicly reported in the vicinity of Sereen between July 22-24th 2015.

 

July 24th 2015: Ar Raqaa, al Raqaa governorate, Syria
Summary: An alleged coalition strike on an Islamic State checkpoint in a suburb of west Raqaa reportedly killed 22-year old Omar Huwaidi Al Mueissat when a missile hit the family house. His 17-year old brother Ali Huwaidi al Mueissat was reported to have been severely injured in the incident, suffering a broken pelvis and wounds to the abdomen and chest.
Some reports placed this incident at July 18th.

Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: 1
Sources: Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently [Arabic], Arabic Network for Human Rights [Arabic], Committee for the Defence of Freedom and Democracy [Arabic], Syrian Network For Human Rights

Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: The coalition has confirmed strikes in the vicinity for July 24th-25th 2015: “Near Ar Raqqah, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL excavator and an ISIL bridge.”

Omar Huwaidi Al Mueissat, aged 22, reportedly killed in a coalition strike at Raqaa, July 18 2015 (via Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently)
Omar Huwaidi Al Mueissat, aged 22, reportedly killed in a coalition strike at Raqaa, July 18 2015 (via Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently)

 

July 25th 2015: Ar Raqqa, Al Raqqa governorate, Syria
Summary: Four civilians were reported injured in fresh coalition airstrikes on the outskirts of Raqaa. Images distributed by Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently featured an injured boy, among other victims, receiving treatment after the event.
These photographs were subsequently removed, though are archived by Airwars.

Civilians reported killed: 0
Reported injured: 4
Sources: Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently [Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: Strikes in the vicinity were confirmed for July 24th-25th 2015: “Near Ar Raqqah, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL excavator and an ISIL bridge.”
In addition, a single strike was confirmed for July 25th-26th 2015: “Near Ar Raqqah, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.”

A child being treated in the local hospital following an alleged Coalition strike July 25th 2015 (via raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently)
A child being treated in the local hospital following an alleged Coalition strike July 25th 2015 (via Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently)

July 25th 2015: Bukamal, Dayr ez Zawr governorate, Syria
Summary: A single source, Syrian Martyrs, reported that Ahmad al Awad had died in a Coalition strike at Bukamal. Whjile single source, a Coalition attack was confirmed in the vicinity.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Martyrs [Arabic], Damascus Centre for Human Rights Studies [Arabic]

Quality of reporting: Weak – presently single source, though named victim
Coalition position: No Coalition strikes were reported in the vicinity for July 24th-26th 2015

July 27th 2015: Ash Sharqat, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: A US airstrike on a convoy of Islamic State vehicles also injured at least one civilian, CENTCOM conceded some months later.
According to a press statement issued January 29th 2016, “On July 27, 2015, near Ash Sharqat, Iraq, during strikes against ISIL vehicles, it was assessed one civilian was injured.”
Local media said that seven Daesh militants were killed in the attack and others wounded. However n
o civilian casualties were publicly reported at the time, suggesting the casualty was determined as a result of post-strike footage analysis.

At the time, the Coalition reported no strikes in the immediate vicinity of Ash Sharqat. A CENTCOM spokesman later clarified that “The strike location originally appeared as Makhmur on the 28 July CJTF strike release. However, subsequent review determined the strike was closer to Ash Sharqat, which is approx. 37 miles from Makhmur.”
Civilians reported killed: 0
Reported injured: 1
Sources: CENTCOM press statement, Baghdad Times [Arabic],

Quality of reporting: CONFIRMED CASUALTY INCIDENT
Coalition position: The Coalition reported for July 27th-28th 2015. that “Near Makhmur, three airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed 19 ISIL fighting positions, 10 ISIL tunnels and three ISIL vehicles.”

 

July 28th 2015: Kafr Hind, Idlib governorate, Syria
Summary: A US targeted air strike (possibly by drone) aimed at four al-Nusra Front suspects traveling in a vehicle also allegedly killed up to 8 civilians including six children.
Reporting was somewhat confused. Some sources said a vehicle was wrongly targeted killing four civilians. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights noted ‘the reported death of civilians who happened to be in the area during the airstrike‘ on a senior al-Nusra figure. Activists named two militants killed as
Abu Jalmoud Aalkamdasi and Abu Obeida Al Yemeni.
Following an investigation, the Syrian Network concluded that the strike had killed eight civilians: “The [ISIL] vehicle was near a fuel shop and hence a fuel tank exploded and 8 civilians were killed including 6 children.” It named the victims as:

Abdul Rahman Mohamad Ali al-Faraj (aged 14);
Ahmad Mohamad Ali al-Faraj (16);
Ahmad Mousa Alloush (16),
Mohammad Ali al-Atrash (21);
Ali Bashar Kassab (aged 9);
Shahed Hamdou (5);
Firas Hamdou (8)
Moustafa Houran aged 28.
Civilians reported killed: 8 including 6 children, and 4-6 militants
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Shaam News Network [Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Syrian News Desk [Arabic], Syrian PC [Arabic], Aksalser [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights, Video of destroyed vehicle, Syrian Network for Human Rights (2) [English] [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: The US has confirmed an airstrike targeting al-Nusra on July 28th 2015: “Separately, on July 28 near Salqin, Syria, U.S. military forces conducted one airstrike against a network of veteran al-Qaida operatives, sometimes called the “Khorasan Group,” who are plotting external attacks against the United States and our allies. The airstrike struck a tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.”

Ten civilians reportedly died when this fuel station was caught in a US airstrike on July 28 2015 (via SN4HR)
Ten civilians including 6 children reportedly died when this fuel station was caught in a US airstrike on July 28 2015 (via SN4HR)
Aftermath of a US targeted strike in Syria on July 28 which allegedly killed x civilians (via Shaam News)
Aftermath of a US targeted strike in Syria on July 28 which allegedly killed 10 civilians (via Shaam News)

 

July 29th 2015: Ar Rutbah, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: Local sources reported that four non-combatants were killed and six injured in an alleged Coalition airstrike at Ar Rutbah.
Civilians reported killed: 4
Reported injured: 6
Sources: Iraqi Revolution Facebook page [Arabic]

Quality of reporting: Poor – presently single source. Denied by Coalition.
Coalition position: No Coalition strikes were publicly reported in the vicinity of Ar Rutbah between July 28th-30th 2015.
In response to questions from Airwars, a CENTCOM spokesperson has also since stated that “No Coalition airstrikes conducted in the vicinity of Ar Rutbah” on this date.

 

July 30th 2015: Al Bukamal, Dayr az Zawr governorate, Syria
Summary: Five members of one family including three children were killed in a reported 1.30am Coalition strike on the Syria-Iraq border, according to two sources.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights noted the following: “Suspected US-led coalition warplanes carried out several raids after midnight on places around Aysha hospital and other places around the city of al- Bokamal to the east of Deir Ezzor, leading to the death of a man, his wife and one of their children, while others were wounded.”
SN4HR later named five victims of the airstrike:

Rihad Jasem Al Barghash, 45 years old, Ahmad Mohamad Al Hasso’s wife
Mohamad Ahmad Mohamad Al Hasso, 21 years old
Ritaj Khodor Al Hasso, 4 years old
Batoul Rabee’ Al Hasso, 5 years old
Wisal Rabee’ Al Hasso, 12 years old
The Syrian Network published a later investigation, citing an eyewitness it named as Mr. Alaa: “I woke up at the sound of an explosion at about 1:30 a.m…. I went to the building’s roof to see what happened, and I was able to estimate the shelling location. It was near the cement factory and I heard the people’s screams. I went directly to the shelling location and saw great destruction. One of the rockets fell in the middle of a road next to a 2 story building, while the other fell in the middle of that house. Blood and body parts were scattered on the walls and on the road. The victims were transported to the hospital and I tried to enter it too but ISIL’s members prohibited us due to the fear of another airstrike. I heard that 5 individuals from Hasso family were killed in the shelling.”
Civilians reported killed: 5 including 3 children
Reported injured: 17
Sources: Syrian Network for Human Rights, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Syrian Network for Human Rights (2), Video of aftermath at Bukamal, Syrian Network for Human Rights (2) [English] [Arabic], 

Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: Heavy Coalition airstrikes were reported at Dayr az Zawr for July 30th-31st 2015: “Near Dayr Az Zawr, 17 airstrikes [1 Canadian at Bukamal] struck eight ISIL staging areas, three ISIL bridges, four ISIL checkpoints, an ISIL training area and an ISIL logistics site.

Child victim of a reported Coalition strike at Bukamal, Syria on July 30 2015 (via SN4HR)
Child victim of a reported Coalition strike at Al Bukamal, Syria on July 30 2015 (via SN4HR)
Mapping by the Syrian Network for Human Rights showing proximity of civilian fatalities to likely Coalition target
Mapping by the Syrian Network for Human Rights showing proximity of civilian fatalities to a likely Coalition target on July 30th 2015

 

July 31st 2015: Ar Rutbah, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: In a major incident, up to 46 civilians died in an alleged Coalition airstrike (according to the Iraqi Revolution site) on the town of Ar Rutbah. The UN Mission to Iraq expressed “serious concern” about the event.
The attack, which occurred shortly after dawn, reportedly killed a significant number of children, with graphic photographs widely posted on Arabic social media. According to Al Gharbiya, most of the dead came from five families. One family was named as that of Mohammed Hassan Akaul al-Jumaili.

However the source of the attack was disputed, with NINA and Shafaaq News reporting that “unidentified aircraft” had attacked. Iraqi Spring and Al Araby instead blamed the strike on Iraqi aircraft: “According to one source, Iraqi warplanes bombed houses inhabited by displaced people, killing about 45 of them including women and children, and injuring about 70 others.”
Vice News cited a spokesperson as saying that the Coalition was “not aware of Iraqi Government airstrikes in that area [Rutba] on July 31.” It also noted that “The US-led coalition did not report launching airstrikes in the vicinity of Rutba on July 31, but the report of civilian casualties was also not immediately refuted — something the coalition has done in the past when VICE News inquired about similar allegations.”
Suhaib al-Rawi, the governor of Anbar province, ordered an investigation into the attack, demanding that those found responsible eventually be put on trial for their actions.
In a January 2016 report, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq noted: “On 31 July, up to 40 civilians may have been killed and over 30 wounded when three houses allegedly sheltering IDPs was hit by an airstrike in Rutba, west of Ramadi, Anbar. Official sources confirmed the incident and the number of casualties, which included 18 women and 11 children (under 14 years old). The houses were targeted by military jets after receiving information that ISIL elements were allegedly inside the houses. The governor of Anbar called for an immediate investigation of the incident. On 3 August, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) in Iraq and Head of UNAMI issued a press release expressing serious concern at the reported airstrike, and called on the Government of Iraq to investigate the incident.
Civilians reported killed: 27-46, including 3-11 children and up to 18 women
Reported injured: 30-70
Sources: Iraqi Revolution Facebook page (1) [Arabic], Iraqi Revolution (2) [Arabic], EXTREMELY GRAPHIC: Iraqi Revolution (3) [Arabic, NINA [Arabic], Al Araby [Arabic], Al Gharbiya News [Arabic], Iraqi Spring Facebook page [Arabic], Statement from Sheikh Dr. Abdul Hakim al-Saadi on the attack [Arabic], Shafaaq News [Arabic], Vice News, UNAMI, Ansar GMC Facebook page [Arabic], NINA [Arabic], UNAMI Report,
Quality of reporting: Contested. Denied by Coalition.
Coalition position: No Coalition strikes have publicly been reported at Ar Rutbah for the July 30th-August 1st period.

In response to questions from Airwars, a CENTCOM spokesperson has also since stated that “No Coalition airstrikes conducted in the vicinity of Ar Rutbah” on this date.

Rescuers search for survivors in the wake of a major alleged Coalition incident, July 31 2015 (via Iraqi Revolution)
Rescuers search for survivors in the wake of a major alleged Coalition incident, July 31 2015 (via Iraqi Revolution)
Scene of devastation at Ar Rutbah, July 31 2015 (via Al Araby)
Scene of devastation at Ar Rutbah, July 31 2015 (via Al Araby)

August 2015

August 1st, 2015: Al Mayadeen, Dayz ez Zawr governorate, Syria
Summary: A 13-year old boy described as a child soldier with ISIL’s Cubs of the Caliphate – later named as Mohammad al A’afr Al Harmoush – was reported killed in a Coalition strike at Al Mayadeen.
Civilians reported killed: 0-1 (child)

Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Violations Documentation Centre, Dayr ez Zawr is Being Slaughtered [tweet, Arabic], Committee for the Defence of Democracy Freedoms and Human Rights in Syria [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Contested – child classed as combatant in international law.
Coalition response: Two Coalition strikes were reported in Dayr ez Zawr governorate for July 31st-August 1st 2015: “Near Dayr Az Zawr, two airstrikes destroyed two ISIL buildings and two ISIL vehicles.
And for August 1st-2nd 2015 CJTF-OIR reported that “Near Dayr Az Zawr, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL guard shack.

Tweet reporting death of child soldier Mohammad al A’afr Al Harmoush

August 3rd, 2015: Hassakah, al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary: A number of sources named a 17-year old civilian, Ibrahim Al Hamdo Al Shabo Al Khateib, as having been killed in a Coalition strike. There were no further details.
Civilians reported killed: 1 (child)

Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Violations Documentation Centre, Syrian Martyrs [Arabic], Centre of the Arab East for Strategic and Cultural Studies, Damascus Centre For Human Rights Studies
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition response: Heavy Coalition strikes were reported in the vicinity for August 2nd-3rd 2015: “Near Al Hasakah, six airstrikes struck an ISIL large tactical unit and three ISIL small tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL mortar system, four ISIL bunkers and an ISIL resupply vehicle.”
In addition, for August 3rd-4th 2015 it was reported that “Near Al Hasakah, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions.”

August 6th, 2015: Helewa near Tikrit, Salah-al-Din province, Iraq
Summary: An alleged Coalition airstrike north of Tikrit near the Helewa airbase reportedly hit a friendly Mobilisation Unit of Shia militia, killed the Khorasani battalion commander and other 14 fighters with him.
Friendly forces reported killed: 15

Reported injured:
Sources: Iraqi Revolution Facebook page [Arabic], Al Hadath TV [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Contested – with Coalition denying that it carried out any strikes near Tikrit on this date.
Coalition response: No coalition strikes publicly reported at Helewa or Tikrit area between August 5th-7th 2015.
In response to questions from Airwars, a CENTCOM spokesperson later stated that “With regard to the August 6th allegation, the Coalition did not conduct an airstrike near Tikrit.”

August 6th, 2015: Ar Rutbah, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: There were claims that a Coalition strike at ar Rutbah destroyed a family home in the Askari neighbourhood owned by Yaseen Al-Hiti and Jamal Raheem Uda Al-Kubeisi – who were both reported killed along with Mr al-Hiti’s wife Zia and one or two of their children – one a daughter also named Zia. A further 8 to 10 civilians were reported injured in the event.
Civilians reported killed: 4-5 including 1 woman, 1-2 children
Reported injured: 10
Sources: Iraqi Revolution Facebook page [Arabic], Iraqi Revolution (2) [Arabic], EXTREMELY GRAPHIC: Iraqi Revolution (3) [Arabic]. Iraqi Spring Facebook page [Arabic], Facebook eulogy for Jamal Rahim Odeh Al Kubaisi [Arabic], Al Rutbah News [Arabic], Al Rutbah News (2), Al Araby [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Contested – with Coalition denying it carried out strikes at Rutbah.
Coalition response: No Coalition strikes publicly reported at Ar Rutbah for August 5th-7th 2015.
In response to questions from Airwars, a CENTCOM spokesperson has also since stated that “No Coalition airstrikes conducted in the vicinity of Ar Rutbah” on this date.

An infant injured in an alleged Coalition strike at Ar Rutbah, August 6 2015 (via Iraqi Revolution)
An infant injured in an alleged Coalition strike at Ar Rutbah, August 6 2015 (via Iraqi Revolution)
Jamal Raheem Uda Al-Kubeisi, killed in an alleged Coalition strike at ar Rutbah, August 6 2015 (via eulogy page)
Jamal Raheem Uda Al-Kubeisi, killed in an alleged Coalition strike at ar Rutbah, August 6 2015 (via eulogy page)
Scene of alleged Coalition strike at Ar Rutbah, Iraq (August 6 2015 (via Iraqi Spring)
Scene of alleged Coalition strike at Ar Rutbah, Iraq August 6 2015 (via Iraqi Spring)

August 8th, 2015: Ar Rutbah, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: Coalition aircraft were alleged to have struck civilians some 15km from Ar Rutbah, at the Haj Saleh Mraid Kubaisi glassworks factory. According to a number of sources, some families had fled the town for fear of airstrikes, only for members to be killed in an alleged Coalition attack on a civilian vehicle.
It was claimed by one source that four women from two displaced families were killed at the Mraid plant, with 10 children injured. The deceased women were said to come from the Haj Hammoud and Hajj Abtan al-Shami families.

The vehicle allegedly destroyed in a Coalition airstrike on August 8th (Wet News)
A vehicle allegedly destroyed in a Coalition airstrike on August 8th (Wet News)

An alternative source said that a small child, the son of Adib Tariq al-Shami had died along with two daughters of Nuri Faisal Abtan al-Shami.
Among those listed as injured were Nuri al-Faisal al-Shami Abtan, said to have had his foot amputated; and Asaad Mahmoud Abu Shami

Civilians reported killed: 6-7: 4 women and 2 to 3 children
Reported injured: 3 or more
Sources: Al Rutbah News [Arabic], Ar Rutbah News (2) [Arabic], Ar Rutbah News (3) [Arabic], Iraqi Revolution Facebook page [Arabic], GRAPHIC IMAGES Fayad Fayad Facebook page [Arabic], Ar Rutbah News (4) [Arabic], Rutbah News [Arabic], Iraqi Spring Facebook page [Arabic], Voice of Iraq [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Contested, with Coalition insisting it did not carry out Rutbah strikes on this date.
Coalition response: No Coalition strikes were publicly reported in the vicinity of Ar Rutbah for August 7th-9th 2015.
In response to questions from Airwars, a CENTCOM spokesperson has also since stated that “No Coalition airstrikes conducted in the vicinity of Ar Rutbah” on this date.

Two of six or more victim of an alleged Coalition strike near Ar Rutbah, Iraq on August 8 2015 (via
Two of six or more shrouded victims of an alleged Coalition strike near Ar Rutbah, Iraq on August 8 2015 (via Fayad Fayad)

August 11th, 2015: Atmeh, Idlib governorate, Syria
Summary: A US airstrike on a Jaish al-Sunna ammunition depot in the night also killed at least eight non-combatants in the village of Atmeh, it was widely reported. According to accounts, a number of civilian homes were damaged or destroyed in secondary explosions. Graphic images showed significant damage at the scene.
Five young girls were among the dead, named as Noor, Asia, Aminah, Haya and Fatima Omari.
Their mother, older brother and 2-year old sister Nariman [who later died] were hospitalised, while their grandfather complained to local reporter Hadi al-AbdallahAre these girls terrorists? Are they carrying machine guns? May God take revenge!” Three other victims were named as Qatifa Yasin (aged 55), her 21-year old son Yousef Yasin and her 17-year old daughter Fatima Yasin.

The Coalition initially denied that it had carried out the strike, telling Daily Sabah that “CJTF-OIR forces were not conducting air operations in the area. However in a written statement on August 12th, “further research” led to an announcement that the Coalition had carried out a “deliberate airstrike” in the area. Locals insisted that the town was under the control of Jaish al-Sunna, a Sunni Islamist faction the US has not previously targeted.
CENTCOM issued an extensive denial of civilian casualties from the incident in early September 2015, telling Buzzfeed that: “A credibility assessment based on the evidence available determined that there was no evidence of civilian casualties that occurred as a result of Coalition airstrikes. As a part of the credibility assessment, imagery taken the day after the strike (12 Aug) was used to look for damage to any houses within a one kilometer circle around the target. A collapsed roof would be easily visible on this imagery, but there was no damage noted to any buildings surrounding the target, and there was no evidence of a collapsed roof. Additionally, open source imagery from social media showed a large amount of weapons in the destroyed target building, the only building damaged in the strike. Such weapons storage would not be in a dwelling with children, so it was determined that there were no civilians or children in the target building.
CENTCOM’s assessment appeared to be based solely on aerial imagery. Buzzfeed contacted rebels on the ground in Atmeh who insisted that homes had been destroyed in the attack, providing photographic evidence to reporters Mike Giglio and Munzer al-Awad.
A United Nations spokesman urged the Coalition to limit the risks to civilians from its actions: “From the beginning of the use of airstrikes by certain countries in Syria, we have called on all those involved to ensure their greatest efforts to avoid any type of civilian casualties
Civilians reported killed: 9, including 6 children, 2 women

Reported injured: 4-12
Sources: Al Jazeera [Arabic], Al Jazeera (2) [Arabic], Local Co-ordination Committees of Syria [Arabic], Baladi News video of aftermath of strike, Daily Sabah, AFP, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Middle East Eye, Daily Beast, Video interview with grandfather [Arabic], Anadolu Agency, Interview with Jaish al-Sunna commander [Arabic], Post-strike video and interview with local doctor [Arabic], Voice of America, Buzzfeed, Syrian Network for Human Rights, Violations Documentation Centre
Coalition response: A confirmed US airstrike, with a CENTCOM spokeswoman noting at the time thatWe are aware of the reports surrounding Atmeh and are looking into them.
However CENTCOM later told Buzzfeed that it had concluded “there was no evidence of civilian casualties as a result of coalition airstrikes.” [see above]. And responding to a query from Airwars, Centcom stated on October 27th 2015 that “After careful review and based on the best available evidence” it had found that “allegations of civilian casualties by the Coalition were unfounded and deemed not credible.”


Grandfather of five slain children at graveside, August 12 2015

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A family photo showing 6 of 7 children killed in a likely US airstrike August 11 2015 (SN4HR)
Family photo showing 6 of 7 children killed in likely US airstrike Aug 11 2015 (SN4HR)

August 13th, 2015: Ar Raqqah, Al Raqqah governorate, Syria
Summary: Two or more US targeted airstrikes aimed at killing 21-year old British cyber terrorist Junaid Hussain instead resulted in the deaths of 3 civilians and the injuring of at least 5 more, a US investigation later concluded.
On Aug. 13, 2015, near Ar Raqqah, Syria, during strikes against Junaid Hussain, an ISIL cyber-operative, it was assessed three civilians in the vicinity of the strikes were killed and five more were injured,” a press statement noted.
A CENTCOM spokesman later told Airwars that the attack on Hussain had only “resulted in injuries to him that were not fatal.” The botched intelligence-led mission had instead led to significant civilian casualties, a fact which took more than five months to emerge.
The British terrorist actually died in an August 24th airstrike in Syria, as Prime Minister David Cameron told MPs: “The US administration has confirmed that Junaid Hussain was killed in an American airstrike on 24 August in Raqqah.”
Cameron also described Hussain as “involved in actively recruiting ISIL sympathisers and seeking to orchestrate specific and barbaric attacks against the West, including directing a number of planned terrorist attacks right here in Britain.”
No local monitors appear to have tracked any civilian casualties at the time of the August 13th strikes, suggesting the US identified casualties from post-strike surviellance.
Civilians reported killed: 3
Reported injured: 5
Sources: CENTCOM statement, British Prime Minister’s statement, Guardian, CNN, Guardian,
Quality of reporting: CONFIRMED INCIDENT
Coalition response: For August 13th-14th 2015, the Coalition had noted only that “Near Ar Raqqah, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units.

British cyber terrorist Junaid Hussain. His killing by the US also caused the deaths of at least three civilians in Raqaa
British cyber terrorist Junaid Hussain. His killing by the US also caused the deaths of at least three civilians in Raqaa on August 13th

August 13th-14th, 2015: Al Mourouj or Al Mourwah, Aleppo governorate, Syria
Summary: Six civilians, all members of the same family, were killed in an alleged Coalition strike on the Daesh-occupied town of Al Mourouj (or Al Mourwah) according to multiple reports.
Saudi newspaper Asharq al Awsat reported that “six civilians were killed on Friday evening [August 14th] after an international Coalition plane bombed the village of Al Mourwah which is under IS control – around 15 km south of the town of Sareen in the northern Aleppo countryside.  Abd Al Malik Al Sheikh, a former member of the council of Free Aleppo, said that the six civilians were documented by name, including children. Dozens of others were wounded, and he noted that the bombing directly targeted civilian homes in the village, which caused great damage.”
The civilian dead were later named as:
Ibrahim al Ali
Mustapha al Ali
Ahamd Al Ali
Hassan Ahmad al Ali
Ali Hussein al Ali
Hassan Hussein al Ali
In a later report the Syrian Network cited Mr Nael, who it said was an eyewitness to the attack: “
International coalition warplanes launched one rocket that destroyed several houses. Not less than 5 houses were damaged and 6 individuals from one family were killed. Their bodies remained under the rubble for hours.
ISIL controls our town but its headquarters are visibly clear and the international coalition can target it without killing civilians. We are paying the price of war and the ongoing conflict between ISIL and the coalition-supported Kurdish forces.”

Civilians reported killed: 6
Reported injured: 24
Sources: Asharq Al Awsat [Arabic], Al Bya News [Arabic], Syrian Human Rights Committee [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights (2) [English] [Arabic], 
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition response: For August 13th-14th 2015, the Coalition reported that “Near Aleppo, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL recoilless rifles, two ISIL vehicles and an ISIL fighting position.”
And for August 14th-15th the Coalition also reported that “Near Aleppo, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.”

August 14th, 2015: Talbissa, Homs governorate, Syria
Summary: Syrian Martyrs, citing the Syrian Network for Human Rights, named Bassam Abd Al Kareem Al Sai’id [also possibly known as Abu Khaled] as a civilian victim of alleged Coalition bombing on Talbissa, Homs.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Martyrs [Arabic], Syrian Human Rights Committee [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Weak
Coalition response: No Coalition strikes were publicly reported in Homs governorate between August 13th-15th 2015.

August 15th, 2015: Ar Raqqah, Al Raqqah governorate, Syria
Summary: A young adult male civilian was reported killed in an afternoon airstrike by the Coalition in Raqqah. He was named on a Facebook memorial page as Mut’ib Khamees Al Jarbou’. No further details were given of how he had died.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently, Syrian Human Rights Committee [Arabic], Violations Documentation Centre [Arabic], Violations Documentation Centre
Quality of reporting: Weak
Coalition response: No Coalition strikes were publicly reported at Ar Raqaa between August 14th-16th 2015

Mut’ib Khamees Al Jarbou’ (via Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently)
Mut’ib Khamees Al Jarbou’ (via Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently)

August 18th, 2015: Al Qaim, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: One civilian was reported killed and five injured in an alleged Coalition airstrike at the border town of al Qaim.

Reported casualty of an August 18 2015 airstrike at Al Qaim, Iraq (via Yaqen)
Reported casualty of an August 18 2015 airstrike at Al Qaim, Iraq (via Yaqen)

Citing a ‘medical source in the city, al-Gharbiya eported that “a young man was killed as a result of the bombing was carried out by one of the [Coalition] warplanes on the neighborhoods of the city of Qaim ,” indicating that “this led to the wounding five other civilians , including two children under ten were injured, as well as extensive material damage to homes and property.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: 5
Sources: Iraqi Spring Media Center, Yaqen [Arabic], Al Gharbiya News [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair, though with no strikes conceded in vicinity
Coalition response: No Coalition strikes were publicly reported for Al Qaim for August 17th-19th 2015. However one strike was reported elsewhere in Anbar province on August 17th-18th “near Ramadi.” And on August 18th-19th there were additional strikes in Anbar “near Habbiniyah” and “near Ramadi.”

August 18th-19th, 2015: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: Local sources claimed that a Coalition airstrike aimed at an ISIL vehicle instead hit nearby celebrations, killing 18 people including three medics. One was later named as dentist Dr. Samir Ibrahim while the UN noted that a father and chld died in the reported event.
According to NINA, the deaths occurred when a missile accidentally struck celebrants at a festival in a square in north Mosul.

The monitoring site Jihadology later published a comment from a pro-ISIL website: “This man was one of the noble ones of Mosul who refused to leave the city, unlike others who abandoned their people in their time of need, fearing death, hunger or anything else…God willing on the Day of Judgment we will dispute with every doctor, engineer or even student who left Mosul in the time when solidarity and standing together in the path of turning the wheel of life were needed. But praise and thanks be to God we do not need those who abandoned us as they need us.
In a January 2016 study, the United Nations Mission in Iraq noted that an alleged targeted killing of a Daesh official had also reportedly slain a father and daughter. According to UNAMI, “On the afternoon of 18 August, a man and his 12 year-old daughter were reportedly killed when an airstrike hit al-Minassa street, northern Mosul. The airstrike allegedly targeted a vehicle carrying three assistants to ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and a judge of an ISIL self-appointed court, who were all killed.

Civilians reported killed: 18, including 1 child
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: NINA [Arabic], Al Mustaqbal News [Arabic], Jihadology, UNAMI Report,
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition response: For August 18th-19th 2015, the Coalition noted that “Near Mosul, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
For August 19th-20th 2015, it was reported that “Near Mosul, five airstrikes struck three ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL bunker, an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL tunnel entrance.

August 19th, 2015: Ar Raqqa, Al Raqqa governorate, Syria Iraq
Summary: Reports claimed that three civilians (a woman and one or two children) and 8 Daesh fighters were killed following two raids by the Coalition in an area surrounding a sugar factory or grain mill near the city.
Local activist Abu Ibrahim Al Raqawi said of the attack on the mill: “Although it is not a military base, they are under the control of Daesh, and it is used for the production of bread.”
Radio al Kul reported that alongside the slain woman there were two other fatalities, “including a little girl.”

Civilians reported killed: 3 including 1 woman and 1-2 children, and 8 ISIL fighters
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Violations Documentation Centre, Masar Press [Arabic], Abu Ibrahim Raqqawi tweet, Al Hall Souri [Arabic], Radio al Kul [Arabic], Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition response: For August 18th-19th 2015, the Coalition reported one strike in the vicinity: “Near Ar Raqqah, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL checkpoint.
There were no public reports of Coalition strikes at Ar Raqqa for August 19th-20th 2015.

August 21st, 2015: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: A single source, NINA, reported that a Coalition strike on a house at Hamam al-Alil, near Mosul “led to the martyrdom of all the family that inhabited consisted of nine members, including three children and a woman.
Civilians reported killed: 9, including woman and 3 children
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: NINA, NINA [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Weak – single source
Coalition response: A number of strikes were reported by the Coalition for August 20th-21st 2015: “Near Mosul, six airstrikes struck three ISIL tactical units and an ISIL mortar firing position and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL excavators, two ISIL heavy machine guns and an ISIL mortar firing position.
In addition, for August 21st-22nd 2015 it was reported that “Near Mosul, four airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, two ISIL rocket firing positions and an ISIL mortar firing position and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL vehicle.

August 24th, 2015: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: A young man named as Muhannad Tariq was reported killed in a Coalition strike near the al Jandool restaurant in Mohandeseen neighbourhood.
According to a comment posted on a tribute page, Muhannad died from shrapnel wounds to his body.
In what may be a related or separate incident, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq later noted: “Around midnight on 24 August, an airstrike targeted a vehicle carrying ISIL elements in the Majmoua Thaqafiya area of northern Mosul. The attack reportedly killed nine civilians, including one woman and a child, and wounded three other civilians.”
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: ‘Several’
Sources: Mosul Ateka Facebook page [Arabic], UNAMI Report,
Quality of reporting: Weak – presently single source
Coalition position: For August 23rd-24th 2015, the Coalition reported that “Near Mosul, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL vehicle.”
For August 24th-25th 2015 it was reported that “Near Mosul, five airstrikes struck five ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL vehicle.”

Muhannad Tariq, reported killed in a Coalition strike in Mosul August 24th 2015 (via )
Muhannad Tariq, reported killed in a Coalition strike in Mosul August 24th 2015 (via Mosul Ateka)

August 24th, 2015: Sinjar, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: The monitoring site Iraq Body Count reported seven civilians killed at Sinjar. While these were described as Daesh fighters in reports, IBC classifies all those aged under 18 as children. At least one of those killed in the alleged airstrike was described as aged 15.
Civilians reported killed: 1-7
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Iraq Body Count, Newsabah [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Weak – presently single source
Coalition position: Coalition strikes were reported in the vicinity for August 24th-25th 2015: “Near Sinjar, four airstrikes struck three ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL armored vehicle.”

August 27th, 2015: Al Marwaj, Aleppo governorate, Syria
Summary: Six named civilians were reported killed in a Coalition airstrike in the vicinity of al-Marwaj:
Ibrahim Al Ali
Ahmad Al Ali
Hassan Ahmad Al Ali
Hassan Hussein Al Ali
Ali Hussein Al Ali
Mustapha Al Ali
A video was posted showing an alleged Coalition airstrike in the vicinity on the day, though this was reported at the town of Azaz. The Damascus Centre also suggested that the men had died in a Coalition strike at al Marwaj prior to August 27th, so this event log should be treated with some caution.

Civilians reported killed: 6
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Martyrs [Arabic], Damascus Centre for Human Rights [Arabic], YouTube video
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: The Coalition reported a single strike in the vicinity for August 27th-28th 2015: “Near Aleppo, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.”


Alleged Coalition strike in Aleppo governorate, Aug 27th 2015

August 27th or 29th, 2015: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: A single source, the local news agency NINA, reported that 12 civilians were killed in a Coalition raid on the Rifai and Al-Najjar areas west of Mosul, including a child and four women. Four other people were said to have been critically injured.
Civilians reported killed: 12, including 1 child and 4 women
Reported injured: 4
Sources: NINA [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Single source – weak
Coalition position: A pair of Coalition strikes were reported in the vicinity for August 26th-27th 2015: “Near Mosul, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL checkpoints and an ISIL vehicle.”
In addition it was also reported that for August 27th-28th that “Near Mosul, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL mortar firing position and destroyed an ISIL checkpoint.”

August 29th, 2015: Ar Raqqah, al Raqqah governorate, Syria
Summary: A reported Coalition airstrike on a municipal stadium in Raqaa being used as a facility by Daesh may also have injured some civilian prisoners being held there.
According to reports at least 8 alleged fighters died while the group’s local ’emir’ was injured. Claims were confused as to whether prisoners at the facility had escaped or had been injured following the attack.
Civilians reported killed: 0
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Egy News Arabia [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Weak
Coalition position: For August 29th-30th 2015, the Coalition confirmed that “Near Ar Raqqah, one airstrike struck an ISIL facility.” There were no reports of strikes on the city the following day.

August 29th, 2015: Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria
Summary: A 45-year old non-combatant male named as Haji Al Jaabri was reported killed in a Coalition strike at Manbij.
According to Manbij News, Hajji al Jaabri had been forcefully conscripted by Daesh to dig tunnels in the north of the town, which had then been bombed “by Coalition drones.
The Syrian Network later issued an overhead image of the bombing site, noting that “International coalition warplanes shelled a farm in a region called “Hajj Jalaa Shankan” in the western side of the city next to a trench that was being dug by ISIL. The shelling killed an individual, Hajji Al Ja’abari, a bulldozer driver, who was hired by ISIL to dig the trench.”
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Violations Documentation Centre, Syrian Martyrs [Arabic], Syrian Revolution [Arabic], Manbij News [Arabic], Manbij News Network [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights [English] [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: No Coalition strike appeared to directly match the location. The closest, for August 29th-30th 2015, noted that “Near Kobani, four airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and three ISIL excavators and destroyed five ISIL motorcycles, three ISIL structures, two ISIL guard shacks, two ISIL excavators and an ISIL vehicle.

Hajj Jalaa Shankan farm near Manbij - site of alleged Coalition strike on August 29 2015 (via SN4HR)
Hajj Jalaa Shankan farm near Manbij – site of alleged Coalition strike on August 29 2015 (via SN4HR)

August 29th, 2015: Al Bab, Aleppo governorate, Syria
Summary: A six-months pregnant woman named as Ghafran Al Jabli was reported killed in an event at Al Bab along with her 10-year old nephew, Mohammad Al Waki.
Syrian Martyrs reported that the deaths were caused by a Coalition strike. However VDC described the cause of death as shooting, while the Syrian Human Rights Committee cited unspecified ‘raids’ on the city.
Civilians reported killed: 2
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Martyrs [Arabic], Violations Documentation Centre, Syrian Human Rights Committee [Arabic], Al Bab Facebook [Arabic], Ara News [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: While no Coalition strikes were pubicly reported for Al Bab, it was reported that strikes occured in the vicinity of nearby Kobane for August 29th-30th 2015: “Near Kobani, four airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and three ISIL excavators and destroyed five ISIL motorcycles, three ISIL structures, two ISIL guard shacks, two ISIL excavators and an ISIL vehicle.”

August 30th, 2015: Near Irbil, Irbil province, Iraq
Summary: Three or four possible civilians were reported killed in an airstrike in northern Iraq, carried out by two Danish F-16s which each dropped a 500lb GBU-12 bomb. The possible error was discovered after a Danish review of cockpit video: “In some parts of the footage showing four people and a vehicle, there were acts being carried out which may be perceived as not being openly hostile.”
A joint inquiry with CENTCOM later concluded that those killed were “likely not civilian casualties” and had instead had probably been involved in planting roadside bombs.
The commander of Danish F-16s in the Middle East told Information: “It was ourselves who said, ‘I wonder if there is something here that is not as it should be?’ We wanted to get the Coalition to investigate that the intelligence basis for the operation was in order, and I am very pleased that our suspicions have been treated thoroughly and seriously, both by the Coalition and at home in Denmark.”
Denmark set a new benchmark for Coalition transparency when it publicly reported the incident just four days after the event.
A statement at the time noted that “Danish forces routinely carries out an evaluation of all completed missions, with a detailed focus on specific attacks. In this context, Danish forces assessed that there is a risk that an attack may have caused civilian casualties. Danish forces have disseminated this assessment to the coalition’s air headquarters. The coalition has now launched an investigation. Danish force will review internal operating procedures in order to assess whether there is a need for change.
No further details on the location have been given. However, citing military sources Danish state radio said that the attack took place “near Irbil.
Civilians reported killed: 0-4
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Danish MoD press release [Danish], Denmark Radio [Danish], Information [Danish], NINA [Arabic], Danish MoD – inquiry results [Danish], Danish MoD – Minister’s Statement [Danish], Information – interview with F-16 pilots [Danish], Airwars
Quality of reporting: Fair – Coalition partner self-reported
Coalition position: According to Coalition daily logs there were three potential incidents at locations near Irbil. On August 29th-30th 2015 it was reported that “Near Kisik, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
For August 30th-31st 2015, it was noted that “Near Kisik, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL IEDs and an ISIL vehicle” and that “Near Sultan Abdallah, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL heavy machine guns and an ISIL excavator.”

September 2015

September 1st, 2015: Makhul, Salah-al-Din province, Iraq
Summary: Reports alleged that a Coalition strike killed 11 civilians “including elderly people,” and injured 18 more. According to an activist Facebook page, “Coalition planes bombed the market in the village of Makhul, which was full of displaced people.”
Another site attributed alleged civilian fatality estimates to the police, though said the airstrike responsible was by “unidentified aircraft.”
Civilians reported killed: 11

Reported injured: 18
Sources: Ansar GMC Iraq [Arabic], Addustour [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: While there was no strike described for Makhul, the Coalition did report that for August 31st-September 1st 2015: “Near Bayji, two airstrikes struck an ISIL large tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL vehicles and an ISIL weapons cache.”
In addition, for September 1st-2nd 2015 it was reported that”Near Bayji, one airstrike struck an ISIL large tactical unit and destroyed four ISIL vehicles and an ISIL homemade explosives facility.”

September 3rd, 2015: South of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: A single source, NINA, alleged that the Coalition had killed 13 people “including 3 women and 7 children” and injured approximately 20 moe civilians when aircraft “targeted Daesh nests in the Jawasaq area as well as Aldndan and Aekadat.”
Civilians reported killed: 13, including 7 children and 5 women

Reported injured: 20
Sources: NINA [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Weak
Coalition position: For September 2nd-3rd 2015, the Coalition reported that “Near Mosul, four airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and an ISIL observation tower and destroyed two ISIL checkpoints, two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL excavator and an ISIL vehicle.
In addition, for September 3rd-4th it was reported: “Near Mosul, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL heavy machine gun.

September 3rd, 2015: Ramadi, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq noted in January 2016 that two possible civilian casualty incidents had taken place in Ramadi. The Coalition has confirmed carrying out strikes in the vicinity that day.
According to UNAMI, “On 3 September an airstrike hit a bridge in Jazeera al-Khaldiya, around 20 kilometres east of Ramadi, Anbar, killing 46 civilians and wounding 20. Another source confirmed the incident but stated that the casualties were ISIL members. UNAMI/ OHCHR was not able to confirm the number of casualties or their status.
On the same day, another airstrike reportedly hit a residential area in eastern
Ramadi, killing 28 civilians. A single source reported this second incident and UNAMI/ OHCHR was unable to verify it.”
At the time of the incident, local media blamed the Iraqi military.
Civilians reported killed: 46 and 28

Reported injured: 20 or more
Sources: UNAMI Report, The Voice of the Egyptian Revolution [Arabic], GRAPHIC Haye Jahan Facebook page [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: For September 2nd-3rd 2015, the Coalition reported that “Near Ramadi, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL buildings and an ISIL tank.
In addition, for September 3rd-4th it was reported: “Near Ramadi, one airstrike struck an ISIL large tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL vehicles.”

September 5th, 2015: Anah, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: The Iraqi Revolution site reported that “NATO planes” [sic] carried out two overnight raids on the town of Ana, which allegedly injured women and children. According to the claims, one of the two strikes targeted a residential neighbourhood.
NINA also reported civilian fatalities from a strike in the area, describing the fatalities as occurring when the coalition accidentally bombed a school sheltering internally displaced peoples, “
killing two children and wounding 15 civilians, including 5 women and 7 children.”
Civilians reported killed: 2, children

Reported injured: 4-15
Sources: Iraqi Revolution Facebook page [Arabic], NINA [Arabic], al Mustaqbal News [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Weak
Coalition position: There were two possible matches for September 4th-5th 2015: “Near Rawah, one airstrike destroyed an ISIL homemade explosives facility… Near Haditha, one airstrike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.”
No incidents for September 5th-6th appeared to match this claim.

September 5th, 2015: Tal Brak, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary: Reports emerged on the evening of September 5th that a 13-year old child named as Abboud Al Kharnoub may have died in a Coalition strike at Tal Brak near al Hassakah. The town was the scene of clashes between Daesh and Kurdish YPG forces which led to Coalition strikes, according to Ara News.
Civilians reported killed: 1, a child

Reported injured: 1, a woman
Sources: Ajil News [Arabic], Baladi Network [Arabic], Syrian Human Rights Committee [Arabic], Al Sharq al-Arabi [Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Ara News [Arabic], Qasioun News [Arabic], Syrian Martyrs [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: No Coalition strikes were publicly reported in al Hassakah governorate between September 4th-6th 2015.

September 6th, 2015: Dayr ez Zawr, Dayr ez Zawr governorate, Syria
Summary: A single source, Syria Martyrs, reported that a non-combatant male named as Khitab al Zaher Al Hussein died in an alleged Coalition strike at Dayr ez Zawr. No further details were given.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Martyrs [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Weak – single source
Coalition position: No Coalition strikes were publicly reported in the vicinity of Dayr ez Zawr between September 5th-7th 2015.

September 9th, 2015: Near Tabaqah city, Al Raqaa governorate, Syria
Summary: Up to 20 adult civilians were reported killed and injured alongside 15 children after Coalition aircraft reportedly bombed forcibly-engaged civilians who were being forced to dig ditches by Islamic State. The children reportedly belonged to ISIL’s Cubs of Al Khilafa youth organisation. The casualties occurred in the morning at the village of Krin, west of Tabaqah, alongside an estimated 50 Daesh fighters.
Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently later published a report on the event: “The bombing resulted in the killing of a number of what the organisation (IS) refers to as “Cubs of the Caliphate”, in addition to more than 20 civilians who had been hired, at 2,500 Syrian pounds a day [c £13], to work on digging trenches. There were also a number of civilians who had been detained on various charges, such as smoking and failure to pray, and whose punishment was being made to dig trenches.”
SOHR placed the number of adults killed at 15, slightly lower than other sources.
There were later efforts to spread false propaganda about the strike, including images of events [GRAPHIC] which had taken place weeks earlier at Douma.
Civilians reported killed: 30-40, including 15 children, and 50 Daesh fighters

Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (1) [Arabic], Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (2) [Arabic], Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (3) [Arabic], Local journalist tweet [Arabic], Sada Islamic pro-Islamic State site [Arabic], Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently (4) [Arabic], Radio Alkul [Arabic], Al Sharq al Awsat [Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (2),
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: The Coalition reported a single airstrike in the vicinity for September 8th-9th 2015: “Near Ar Raqqah, one airstrike struck an ISIL large tactical unit and an ISIL training camp and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL motorcycle.
There was also a single strike in the area on September 9th-10th: “
Near Ar Raqqah, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.”

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September 10th, 2015: Kubaisah near Hit, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: In a previously unknown casualty event, CENTCOM confirmed on April 22nd 2016 that two civilians were killed and four injured during a US airstrike at Kubaisah.
According to the official release, “On Sept. 10, 2015, in Kubaysah, Iraq, near Hit, during a strike on an ISIL checkpoint, it is assessed that two civilians were killed and four were injured when their vehicle appeared in the target area after weapons were already in flight.”
Civilians reported killed: 2

Reported injured: 4
Sources: CENTCOM, Airwars,
Quality of reporting: Confirmed
Coalition position: CONFIRMED CASUALTY EVENT
At the time, the Coalition reported that for September 10th-11th 2015 that “Near Hit, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.”

September 11th, 2015: Near Fallujah, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: In an alleged ‘friendly fire’ incident, a convoy of Popular Mobilisation vehicles was reportedly struck by Coalition aircraft at Amiriyat.
Citing ‘informed sources’, Al Fallujah News said that “the convoy was traveling from the direction of Anbar, Karbala late in the day and before sunset.
Friendly forces reported killed: Unknown

Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Al Fallujah News [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Weak – single source
Coalition position: There was no direct match in publicly reported Coalition strikes for September 11th-12th 2015, though it was noted that “Near Ramadi, three airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL IED.”

September 11th, 2015: Al Toub [Tawb], Dayr ez Zawr governorate, Syria
Summary: A single source, Syria Martyrs, reported that three non-combatant males named as Ismail Al Khoudar, Sai’d Al Khoudar and Yaseen Al Koudar died in an alleged Coalition strike at Al Toub. No further details were given.
Civilians reported killed: 3
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Martyrs [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Weak – single source
Coalition position: The Coalition reported that on September 11th-12th 2015 it carried out a strike in the Dayr ez Zawr area: “Near Abu Kamal, two airstrikes struck two ISIL crude oil collection points.”

September 13th, 2015: Ma’dan, Dayr az Zawr governorate, Syria
Summary: Up to 15 Islamic State fighters, including two aged under 16, were reported killed by a Coalition airstrike 10km west of Ma’dan. The teenage boys were said to be members of the ISIL youth movement ‘Cubs of the Caliphate.’ One report said that a checkpoint was targeted.
Civilians reported killed: 0-2 [status disputed]

Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently [Arabic], Radio Alkul [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: The Coalition has confirmed a strike at the location for September 13th-14th 2015: “Near Mar’a, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.”

September 14th, 2015: Ar Rutbah, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: The marketplace in Ar Rutbah was hit in an alleged Coalition airstrike according to reports, killing up to five people and injuring eight more. An adult male and a young male child were pictured among the dead.
Civilians reported killed: 5, including 2 children

Reported injured: 8
Sources: Iraqi Revolution Facebook page [Arabic], Al Rutbah News [Arabic], Al Rutbah News (2) [Arabic], Al Rutbah News (3) [Arabic], GRAPHIC Al Rutbah News (4) Arabic, Iraqi Spring Media Centre, Iraqi Spring Media Centre (2), Yagen [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: No Coalition strikes were publicly confirmed in the direct vicinity for September 14th-15th 2015, though it was noted that “Near Ramadi, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL house-borne IED, an ISIL VBIED, five ISIL buildings, an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL motorcycle.

Reported Coalition strike on Ar Rutbah, Sept 14 2015 (via Rutbah News)
Reported Coalition strike on Ar Rutbah, Sept 14 2015 (via Rutbah News)

September 14th, 2015: Bayji, Salah-uldin province, Iraq
Summary: The Islamic State claimed that an Iraq Army humvee was mistakenly destroyed by a Coalition drone in the ongoing battle for Bayji Refinery. “An unmanned plane owned by the international alliance has mistakenly conducted a raid on the locations of the government’s forces near Hyundai area west of Beiji,” various sites reported.
Friendly forces reported killed: Unknown

Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Iraqi Spring Media Centre, Iraqi Revolution Facebook page [Arabic], A3Maq News [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Weak – ISIL presently as sole source
Coalition position: Multiple Coalition strikes were reported in the vicinity for September 13th-14th 2015: “Near Bayji, four airstrikes struck one large and two small ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL buildings, three ISIL vehicles, an ISIL ant-aircraft artillery piece and an ISIL structure.”
In addition, for September 14th-15th it was reported that “Near Bayji, three airstrikes struck three ISIL tactical units and destroyed eight ISIL buildings, an ISIL IED and an ISIL carport.”

September 16th, 2015: Jadid Akidat, Dayr az Zawr governorate, Syria
Summary: According to SOHR, “Six civilians were killed including children while no less than 10 others were wounded by the aerial bombardment by the U.S led coalition warplanes in Jadid Akidat in the eastern countryside of Der-Ezzor this morning.” The monitoring group later added that a woman was among the dead. Smart News also reported the deaths and injuries of “a number of civilians.”
Qasioun instead described an afternoon Coalition targeted strike on a vehicle, and made no mention of civilian casualties. And the Syrian Press Centre attributed the raid to Assad regime aircraft.
Civilians reported killed: 6-8 , including 1 woman, 1 or more child

Reported injured: 5-13
Sources: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Qasioun [Arabic], Smart News [Arabic], Syrian Press Centre [Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (2) [Arabic], Tweet from @DeirEzzore [Arabic], Shaam [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: Only one Coalition strike was reported for Syria for September 16th-17th 2015: “Near Ar Raqqah, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.”

September 17th, 2015: Hawijah, Kirkuk province, Iraq
Summary: A reported evening airstrike by a drone at Hawijah was said to have killed five civilians and injured a further seven people.
Civilians reported killed: 5

Reported injured: 7
Sources: A3Maqa News [Arabic], GRAPHIC Video via Yandex, Iraqi Revolution Facebook page [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: The Coalition has confirmed a strike in the immediate vicinity for September 17th-18th 2015, noting: “Near Al Huwayjah, one airstrike with inconclusive results.”

Victims of a reported Coalition drone strike at Hawija, Iraq Sept 17th 2015
Victims of a reported Coalition drone strike at Hawija, Iraq Sept 17th 2015

September 18th, 2015: Senyah, Salah-hudin province, Iraq
Summary: A mass casualty incident was reported in Iraq, with at least 43 civilians killed and a further 68 injured, after aircraft were said to have bombed the Senyah region north west of Bayji. The target appeared to have been a former Iraq Army logisdtics base, while those killed were living nearby in tin shacks.
Locals urged Iraq’s Prime Minister to open a federal inquiry into the morning strike. Naim al-Gaood, a local tribal leader, told al-Sumaria News: “
The warplanes of unknown nationality bombed stores and buildings west of Bayji and north of Salah al-Din, killing [and injurng] about 150 civilians , mostly children, women and the elderly.” He said that among the dead and injured were 50 people from the tribe of Albu Nimr, and demanded that Iraq’s Prime Minister “open an urgent investigation into the identity of the planes that bombed those buildings where displaced families and other clan members of the Albu Nimr tribe had sought safety; and to seek compensation for the victims and the dead.”
Civilians reported killed: 43-58

Reported injured: 68-70
Sources: Iraqi Spring Media Centre, A3Maqa News [Arabic], Al Samaria News [Arabic], Iraq Spring Media Centre (2), Dijlah TV [Arabic], Sotal Iraq [Arabic], Peyamner [Arabic], Erem News [Arabic], Al Quds citing DPA [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Contested – unknown whether Iraqi or Coalition aircraft
Coalition position: For September 18th-19th 2015, the Coalition reported that “Near Bayji, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed one vehicle.

September 19th, 2015: Kubaisah, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: A family home was reported destroyed in an airstrike at Kubais in Anbar province. Photographs showed a number of injured children, although there were no confirmed overall casualty figures.
Civilians reported killed:
Unknown
Reported injured: 7
Sources: Iraqi Revolution Facebook page [Arabic], Iraqi Revolution Facebook page (2) [Arabic], Al Rutba News (condolensce page) [Arabic], A3 Maq News [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: Only one publicly-reported Coalition strike may have been ersponsible, reported for September 19th-20th 2015: “Near Ramadi, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL buildings.”

September 19th, 2015: Raqqa, Al Raqqa governorate, Syria
Summary: Two women named as Ameera Mahmoud Al Naji and Khouloud Ziyad Al Naji were reported by a single source as having been killed in a Coalition strike at Raqaa. No other details were given.
Civilians reported killed: 2 women

Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Martyrs [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Weak
Coalition position: The Coalition publicly reported one strike at Raqaa for September 18th-20th 2015.

September 20th, 2015: Khalidiya island nr Ramadi, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: An alleged Coalition strike at Khalidiya island, to the east of ramnadi, reportedly killed seven civilians including two cildren. Thirteen people were also reported injured, described as ‘mostly women and children.’
Civilians reported killed: 7 including 2 children

Reported injured: 13
Sources: Tweet by Hamid Hadeed [Arabic], Iraqi Spring Media Centre, Iraqi Revolution Facebook page [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Weak at present, with few details
Coalition position: For September 19th-20th 2015, the Coalition reported that “Near Ramadi, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL buildings.”
Still awaiting daily report for September 20th-21st 2015.”

September 20th, 2015: Raqqa, Al Raqqa governorate, Syria
Summary: An internally displaced person, a female child named as Fatma Hasan Steif from Aleppo, was allegedly killed by a Coalition strike according to sources. Fatma was said to be the daughter of Hasan Al Steif, sand the family had been displaced from the town of Al Safira to Raqaa.
Civilians reported killed: 1, a child

Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Violations Documentation Centre, Aksalser [Arabic], Al Safira News [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Contested – no Coalition strikes reported at Raqaa
Coalition position: No publicly-reported Coalituion strike between September 19th-21st appeared to match this event.

Fatma Hasan Steif (via al Safira News)
Fatma Hasan Steif (via al Safira News)

September 20th-21st, 2015: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

Najib Muhannad Al Reso (via Mosul Ateka)
Najib Muhannad Al Reso (via Mosul Ateka)

Summary: A reported Coalition strike on Mosul killed four members of one family – named as university professor Mohannad Al Reso (pictured below); his 17-year old son Najib Mohannad Al Reso (pictured right and below); his brother Bassim’s wife Miyada Reso and their 21-year old daughter Tuka Reso.
Other family members were also badly injured in the event: “Mohannad’s wife, Sana, survived the explosion, which flung her, burned, from her second-floor bedroom to the driveway below. Mohannad’s older brother, Bassim, also narrowly survived,” according to US-based relative Zareena Grewal, writing in the New York Times.Bassim’s pelvis and leg were shattered in the attack and require surgery, but it is his emotional pain that consumes him.”
The Coalition reported carrying out an attack on what it said was a nearby ISIL factory for IEDs, and posted video footage. According to the Nineveh Reporters Network, the raid “successfully destroyed the headquarters of the organization, but it contained a lot of materiel and weapons, causing a massive secondary explosion which damaged nearby houses.

Najeeb and Tuka Rezzo (Courtesy of family)
Najeeb and Tuka Rezzo (Courtesy of family)

However according to Ms Grewal, “the empty government warehouse, which the Islamic State briefly occupied until January, remains untouched.”
The New York Times on October 4th noted the following: “A spokeswoman for the United States Air Force Central Command confirmed that it became aware of a ‘civilian casualty allegation’ in Mosul the day after the airstrikes. In an email Friday, the Air Force spokeswoman, Maj. Genieve David, said Centcom was assessing the credibility of the reports, before determining any follow-on action, which might include a ‘formal investigation.'”
[See also the following incident.]
In a later January 2016 report, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq noted: “In the early morning of 20 September, an airstrike hit the al-Ghabat area of Mosul city, as a result of which five civilians (including two women and one girl) from one family were killed. The family members were inside their home at the time, which was close to an ISIL headquarters. When that headquarters was hit, weapons and other equipment inside exploded, causing damage to nearby homes and killing the family. Other sources reported that four civilian died in the attack (a 48-year old man, a 20-year-old man, a 37-year-old woman, and a 13-year-old girl) while two civilians were seriously wounded.”

Civilians reported killed: 4
Reported injured: 2
Sources: Mosul Ateka [Arabic], Iraqi Revolution [Arabic], Coalition video, Mosul Ateka (2), Mosul Ateka (3), Iraqi Revolution (2) [Arabic], Nineveh Reporters Network [Arabic], New York Times, UNAMI Report,
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: Heavy Coalition strikes in the vicinity were reported for September 20th-21st 2015: “Near Mosul, nine airstrikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit, three ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL VBIED facility, an ISIL bunker, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL building, an ISIL C2 node and wounded an ISIL fighter.”
See video below.

Najib Muhannad al-Reso (via Mosul Ateka)
Najib Muhannad al-Reso (via Mosul Ateka)
Muhannad al Reso (via Mosul Ateka)
Muhannad al Reso (via Mosul Ateka)


Coalition strike on VBIED facility, Mosul Sept 20th 2015

September 20th-21st, 2015: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: A reported coalition airstrike on an ISIL IED factory [also see above] injured ‘dozens’ of civilians, it was claimed, after a chemical cloud spread across local areas. Waradana cited Ghias Surja of the Nineveh Union of Kurdistan National Center as saying: “The lab was used by the criminal organization for terrorist activities against the innocent and defenseless, making improvised explosive devices and rockets that contain toxic materials. After the attack a cloud spread in the sky of Mosul , wounding dozens of civilians who were transferred later to hospitals in Mosul to receive first aid.
Al Araby Al Jadeed said the chemical cloud was chlorine, which had injured 70 civilians: “A senior official in the Kurdistan Alliance, Ribawar Hassan, told al-Araby al-Jadeed: “The coalition airstrike on a chlorine gas factory in the industrial area of Mosul, has led to the gas spreading in the air, which caused 70 civilians to suffer from impaired breathing and shortness of breath in adjacent areas.”The injured were taken to hospitals,” Hassan added, stressing that “the airstrike also killed and wounded many IS members who were stationed inside these factories and workshops.”
Civilians reported killed: 0

Reported injured: 70
Sources: Waradana [Arabic], Hamrin News [Arabic], Nineveh Reporters Network [Arabic], Al Araby al Jadeed,
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: Heavy Coalition strikes in the vicinity were reported for September 20th-21st 2015: “Near Mosul, nine airstrikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit, three ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL VBIED facility, an ISIL bunker, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL building, an ISIL C2 node and wounded an ISIL fighter.” See video above.

September 21st-22nd, 2015: Ar Raqqa, Al Raqqa governorate, Syria
Summary: An adult male named as Muhammad Khalifa al Hasan – a civil engineer from the Bukras area – was allegedly killed in a Coalition strike according to some sources. Others said he had died in a regime attack.
A martyrdom page noted that Mr al Hasan “is an engineer with a Masters from the university of Kyoto in Japan and he has degrees and experience from Holland.”
Civilians reported killed: 1

Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Violations Documentation Centre, Dayr ez Zawr is Being Slaughtered [tweet, Arabic], Justice For Life [tweet, Arabic], The Echo of Dayr ez Zawr [Facebook, Arabic], Syrian Matryrs [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: No publicly-reported Coalition strike between September 21st-23rd appeared to match this event.

September 24th, 2015: Sinjar, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: In a previously unknown incident, the US confirmed in January 2016 that its aircraft had killed two civilians in a strike at Sinjar four months earlier.
According to CENTCOM, “On Sept. 24, 2015, near Sinjar, Iraq, during strikes against an ISIL vehicle, it was assessed two civilians were killed. An assessed enemy combatant on a motorcycle was targeted for engagement. Weapons were released while the target was stopped at an intersection; however, another vehicle approached after weapons were in flight. Both the motorcycle and the vehicle were destroyed.”
No further details of those killed are presently known.
Civilians reported killed: 2

Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: CENTCOM statement,
Quality of reporting: CONFIRMED CASUALTY INCIDENT
Coalition position: For September 24th-25th 2015, the Coalition noted at the time only that “Near Sinjar, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun, and an ISIL fighting position.”

September 25th, 2015: Ramadi, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: A single source claimed that two civilians died after “the alliance air force shelled civilian homes in Ramadi.” No other details were given.
Civilians reported killed: 2

Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Iraqi Spring Media Centre
Quality of reporting: Weak – single source with few details
Coalition position: For September 24th-25th 2015, the Coalition reported heavy action in the near vicinity “Near Ramadi, five airstrikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL buildings, an ISIL light machine gun, an ISIL resupply truck, an ISIL dump truck, an ISIL cache, and cratered a road to deny ISIL use.”
More strikes were also reported for September 25th-26th: “Near Ramadi, two airstrikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL building, an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL cache.”

September 27th, 2015: Hit, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: Four members of the al-Jumaili family were killed in an alleged Coalition strike at Hit, according to reports.
Mr al-Jumaili was described as a refrigerator repairman, whose home in the city’s April 7th neighbourhood was hit.
The dead have been named as:
Ahmed Hamid Jassim al-Jumaili
His wife Abeer Zia Nafeh Jumaili
Their two children Wael Ahmed Hamed
Baby Nabah Ahmed Hamid Jassim al-Jumaili
Civilians reported killed: 4, including 2 children

Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Iraqi Spring Media Centre, Iraqi Revolution [Arabic], Hit News Events [Arabic], Hit Urgent [Arabic], GRAPHIC Mufti al Iraq – photos [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: Airstrikes on September 26th-27th in the city had targeted a “VBIED production facility,” according to a press release.
No Coalition strikes were publicly reported at Hit for September 27th-28th 2015.

Funeral for a family of four reported killed in a Coalition strike at Hit, Iraq Sept27 2015 (via Iraqi Revolution)
Funeral for a family of four reported killed in a Coalition strike at Hit, Iraq Sept27 2015 (via Iraqi Revolution)
Reported aftermath of September 27th incident in Hit, Iraq (Hit News Agency)
Reported aftermath of September 27th incident in Hit, Iraq (Hit News Agency)

September 27th, 2015: Near Daquq, Kirkuk province, Iraq
Summary: A strike by unknown aircraft killed eight civilians in Yurgon (or Alarkon) village near Duquq, according to reports.
Waradana cited one anonymous source: “The bombing led to the destruction of a number houses… The village is still under the control of Daesh terrorists, who take civilians as human shields, and prevent them from dispersing to areas controlled by the Iraqi government.”
Citing an anonymuos security source, NINA said that the village was located on a Daesh supply route: “International coalition aircraft bombed a residential house at the entrance to Alarkon village south of Kirkuk, which led to the martyrdom of an entire family of seven including men, women and children.”
Civilians reported killed: 7-8

Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Iraqi Spring Media Centre, Waradana [Arabic], Yaqen [Arabic], Al Sumaria TV [Arabic], NINA [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: One strike was reported neat Kirkuk for September 26th-27th 2015: “Near Kirkuk, one airstrike destroyed an ISIL excavator.”
In addition three strikes were confirmed in the vicinity for September 27th-28th 2015: “Near Kirkuk, three airstrikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL fighting position.”

September 27th, 2015: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: Local and medical sources said that 13 civilians were killed and up to six more injured after Coaliton planes struck their homes in the centre of Mosul, while three more civilians died after a shop was struck by the Coalition in the west of the city.

NINA reported one local as saying some residents were trying to flee the city “for fear of being subjected to bombardment again after reports of a heavy aerial assault on the city.
Civilians reported killed: 13-16

Reported injured: 3-6
Sources: NINA [Arabic], Hathalyoum [Arabic], Almaalomah [Arabic], Shafaqna [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: The Coalition reported that for September 26th-27th 2015: “Near Mosul, three airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL armored vehicle, and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.”
For September 27th-28th 2015, the Coalition reported that “Near Mosul, three airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL tunnel, and an ISIL heavy machine gun.”

Archive image of Cubs of the Caliphate - ISIL's child soldiers (via al Mayadeen)
Archive image of Cubs of the Caliphate – ISIL’s child soldier brigades (via al Mayadeen)

September 27th, 2015: Al Jala’a, Dayr ez Zawr governorate, Syria
Summary: France’s first air strike in Syria was alleged to have killed at least 30 child soldiers of Islamic State, according to reports.
The attack – which France later declared was a five-hour raid by multiple aircraft on a ‘Daesh training camp’ – targeted among other sites a palm grove at Al Shalkha, near the town of Jala’a.
Al Mayadeen cited a ‘senior source’ who alleged that
five French Rafale aircraft “targeted a camp of so-called ‘Cubs of the Caliphate’ aged between 14 and 18 years, killing fifty of them.” The source added that the deaths “have raised the ire and wrath of local people towards Daesh. for forcing their children to attend training camps.”

According to the Syrian Observatory, not all of those killed were child soldiers with the dead also including “Arab fighters from North Africa and Syrian, and Iraqi fighters.” ISIL had been recruiting child soldiers in the areas it occupied since the start of 2015 reported SOHR: “They are ‘adults and are responsible for their decisions’, as the organization puts it.”
Asked to clarify the status of child soldiers according to the laws of war, Dapo Akande, Professor of Public International Law at the University of Oxford, told Airwars: “With regard to child soldiers, the fact that they are children will not change the law regarding whether they can be targeted. If they are members of an organized armed group or taking direct part in hostilities they can be targeted – even if they are doing this against the wishes of their families (or even against their own wishes).
Civilians reported killed: 12-50 child soldiers [status contested]

Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Al Mayadeen [Arabic], i24 News [Arabic], Ministère de la Défense [French], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights,
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: France has confirmed carrying out a complex air raid near Dayr az Zawr on September 27th 2015: “Le 27 septembre 2015, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont mené un raid aérien contre un camp d’entraînement de Daech situé dans la vallée de l’Euphrate, au Sud de Deir Ez Zor. Il s’agit d’une frappe délibérée sur un objectif reconnu préalablement. Nos renseignements recoupés avec ceux de la coalition ont clairement établi que ce camp est occupé et actif.”

September 28th, 2015: Ma’adan, Al Raqqa governorate, Syria
Summary: One or more non-combatant males were reported killed in an alleged Coakition strike at Ma’adan by a number of sources. All were agreed that one unnamed man was killed and seven people injured.
The Damascus Centre and raqaa is Being Slaughtered listed a child,
Munzer Ali Al A’asskar, as having been killed in the event. However Munzer was listed by Syrian Martyrs as having been killed on September 26th.
Civilians reported killed: 1-2

Reported injured: 7
Sources: Syrian Martyrs [Arabic], Damascus Centre for Human Rights Study [Arabic], Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For September 27th-28th 2015, the Coalition reported that “Near Ar Raqqah, one airstrike resulted in inconclusive results.”
No strikes were publicly reported in the vicinity for September 28th-29th.

September 29th, 2015: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: At least 20 civilians were reported killed and up to 31 injured after Coalition (or possibly Iraqi) aircraft allegedly hit the Sunni Wafq state religious affairs building adjacent to one of the largest mosques in Mosul.
Aircraft reportedly targeted a meeting of senior Islamic State figures at the Waqf site, which has been taken over by ISIL. However most of the dead and injured were at a nearby marketplace. Video footage from Daesh showed destroyed civilian vehicles and market stalls, and chaotic scenes at a nearby hospital.
Citing an eyewitness, NINA reported that “missiles launched by the international coalition aircraft struck the Sunni Waqf headquarters in the Nabi Sheet area, which led to the death of 29 civilians, including women and children, and the wounding of 16 others who were taken to hospital.” Most other sources also blamed the Coalition. However, Sheikh Ragheb Hamid Siraj, a local leader in Mosul, said the attack was the work of an Iraqi aircraft.
At least two children were reported among the dead, including a 7-year old boy who was said to have locked himself in the family car in fear during the attack, only for it to be destroyed.

Median Dawood Al Hadeedi (via Mosul Third Eye)
Median Dawood Al Hadeedi (via Mosul Third Eye)

Three of the victims were later named as Ridwan Ibrahim [pictured below], his brother Abdul Rahman Ibrahim and their father Ibrahim. A young man named as Median Dawood Al Hadeedi [pictured right] was also reportedly killed.
Many casualties were said to be the result of a ‘double tap’ strike, with residents hit as they tried to rescue those injured in a first attack. Mosul Ateka put out an urgent warning:
We ask citizens to stay away from places where bombing is occuring and not to assemble. Nabi Sheet Street is full of bodies because of the heavy shelling that occurred.”

Said Ali Mohammed, who works in the nearby market, told Gulf Online that he was inside his shop at the time, which is located just 500 meters from the Sunni Waqf Directorate building. He described the first explosion as “enormous… while we were preoccupied with tending to neighbors and some of the injured on the street, the second bombing targeted people who had rushed in to help the wounded.”
Ghassan Mossen, who described himself as an eyewitness to the attack, also posted the following on Facebook: “People were moving toward the blast site to search for their friends and relatives. They didn’t listen to appeals to stay away from the area. Even 100 metres away I almost got caught in the second blast, as shrapnel flew over our heads.
In a January 2016 report the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq referenced the event, noting: “On 29 September, an airstrike was reported to have hit the former Sunni endowment building next to the Ninewa Governorate building, in central Mosul. According to some sources, the attack allegedly killed eight civilians (including two women) in addition to 19 ISIL fighters. Around 10 minutes later, as civilians were gathering in the area, another airstrike allegedly hit the same location, killing 12 civilians (including two children and a woman) and wounding seven, some critically. Other sources reported higher casualty figures.”
Civilians reported killed: 20-29, including at least 2 children and 3 women; 6 militants

Reported injured: 16-34
Sources: NINA [Arabic], Mosul Ateka [Arabic], Mosul Ateka (2) [Arabic], Ghassan Mossen Facebook post [Arabic], NRN News [Arabic], Iraqi Revolution [Arabic], Al Khaleej Online [Arabic], Iraqi Spring Media Centre, Iraqi Spring Media Centre (2), GRAPHIC NRN News (2) [photos], Post-strike footage, Ayn al Iraq News [Arabic], Mosul Nawenhebha [Arabic], Mosul Ateka (3) [Arabic], Mosul Ateka (4) [Arabic], Mosul Third Eye [Arabic], UNAMI Report, Al Araby Al Jadeed,
Quality of reporting: Fair, though with a single claim that Iraq was responsible
Coalition position: For September 29th-30th 2015 the Coalition reported that “Near Mosul, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL cache, and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.

A stunned survivor at the scene of an alleged Coalition strike on the Sunni Waqf building, September 287th 2015 (via NRN News)
A stunned local at the scene of an alleged Coalition strike on the Sunni Waqf building in Mosul, September 29th 2015 (via NRN News)
A father weeps next to his dead son, reportedly killed in a Coalition strike on Mosul, September 29th 2015 (via ISIL propaganda video)
A father weeps next to his dead son, reportedly killed in a Coalition strike on Mosul, September 29th 2015 (via ISIL propaganda video)
Ridwan Ibrahim, reported killed with his brothwer and father in a Coalition strike, September 27th 2015 (via Mosul Ateka)
Ridwan Ibrahim, reported killed with his brother and father in a Coalition strike, September 27th 2015 (via Mosul Ateka)

October 2015

October 2nd, 2015: Hawijah, Kirkuk province, Iraq
Summary: Local sources said that two civilians were killed and 7 wounded after international aircraft struck civilians in Rubeidh Al-Asriya village, in Hawijah district.
Civilians reported killed: 2

Reported injured: 7
Sources: Iraqi Spring Media Centre, Liberalls [Arabic], A3maq News [Arabic], Jaami Iraq [Facebook, Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Weak
Coalition position: For October 1st-2nd 2015, the Coalition reported that “Near Al Huwayjah, six strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL ammunition cache, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL VBIED assembly area, and an ISIL mortar system.”
For October 2nd-3rd 2015 it was also reported that “Near Al Huwayjah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL fighting position, suppressed an ISIL mortar position and wounded three ISIL fighters.”

October 4th, 2015: Hawaij, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary: The Syrian News Network reported Coalition strikes on the village of Hawaij to the west of Al Hassakah. While there was no allegation of civilian casualties, it was claimed in an associated website comment by Suleyman Suleyman that “Coalition planes launched raids on al Huwaij village in western Hassaka? Why don’t you mention that seven civilians were martyred in the village, five children, their mother and a woman visiting them. Or is that not allowed because the planes were American and Gulf ones?

Civilians reported killed: 7, including 5 children
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syria News Network [Arabic], SNN [Facebook, Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Weak – single source
Coalition position: For October 3rd-4th 2015 the Coalition reported that “Near Al Hasakah, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL structures, two ISIL fighting positions, and an ISIL motorcycle.”
In addition, for October 4th-5th it was reported that “Near Al Hasakah, six strikes struck seven separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions and three ISIL vehicles.”

October 5th, 2015: Atshanah near Hawijah, Kirkuk province, Iraq
Summary: Eight civilians were killed from one family after US aircraft bombed their home in Atshana Village, in eastern Hawijah district.

In a January 2016 report the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq appeared to confirm the report, noting: “On 5 October, an airstrike mistakenly targeted a civilian house in Atshana village, east of Hawija and southwest of Kirkuk, that belonged to the Mukhtar of the village, killing eight persons from the same family, including several women and children and the Mukhtar himself.”
On April 22nd 2016, CENTCOM confirmed eight civilians died in the attack: “On Oct. 5, 2015, in Atshanah, Iraq, near Al Huwayjah, during a strike on ISIL personnel, it is assessed that eight civilians were killed during a strike on a mortar fire position used by enemy fighters.
Civilians reported killed: 8, including 2 or more women and children
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Baghdadi.net [Arabic], Iraqi Revolution [Facebook, Arabic], Jaami Iraq [Facebook, Arabic], UNAMI Report, CENTCOM, Airwars,
Quality of reporting: Confirmed
Coalition position: CONFIRMED CASUALTY EVENT
For October 5th-6th CJTF-OIR at the time noted: “Near Al Huwayjah, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.

October 6th 2015: عندان Anadan, Aleppo governorate, Syria
Summary:
Two children named as Ahmad Othman Hamidi [aged 17] and Abd Al Rahman Al Sageer [aged 10] and a 46 year old male named as Mohamad Ameen Al Shageer were reported killed during four alleged Russian strikes in the evening on Anadan. Eyewitnesses described at least one secondary, or ‘double tap’ strike.
A local medic told Qassioun: “Between the afternoon and evening Russian planes carried out intensive raids on areas in the northern Aleppo countryside which led to dozens of injured and three deaths. One of the martyrs is a ten year old boy, a young man of 17 years old and a 40 year old man. The injuries are very serious.”
Smart TV showed footage of Russian aircraft which it said were filmed near Aleppo: “Spotted at 17:30 in the evening, for the first time, one of the Russian planes in the sky of the city of Aleppo on their way to carry out raids on the villages and towns of the countryside.”
And Ibrahim Kharfan, a rebels in the town, insisted only civilian areas were being targeted: “The Russias are claiming, along with the regime and all those supporting this rotten regime they are claiming they are targeting [military] bases. We are here in Anadan and everything you see here is civilian houses. All the bombing now is being directed at civilians’ houses.”
While there was near consensus that Russia was responsible, VDC continues to list both boys as having been killed in a US-led Coalition strike.
Civilians reported killed: 3, including 2 children
Reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Violations Documentation Centre, Strikes and subsequent fires at Anadan [YouTube], Damage to town and firefighters [YouTube], Smart TV: Russian aircraft, reportedly over Aleppo [YouTube], Qassioun: aftermath of strikes and interview with medic [YouTube], Asharq al Arabi [Arabic], Al Aan World News [Arabic], Eldorar [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights
Quality of reporting: Fair, though contested by VDC
Russian position: Although Russia reported 20 combat sorties for October 6th 2015, no reference was made to strikes in Aleppo governorate. The Russian MoD also intimated that opposition forces were faking reports of civilian casualties: “It cannot be ruled out that now terrorists are intentionally preparing acts of provocation such as detonation of mosques in order to demonstrate fake photos and videos to indict the Russian aviation.”
The Coalition declared no strikes near Aleppo for October 6th-7th 2016.

Russian aircraft filmed over Anadan, Oct 6th 2015

 

October 6th 2015:تدمر Palmyra, Homs governorate, Syria
Summary:
According to the Syrian Observatory, “preliminary information reported the death of civilians – including women and children – in the bombing by Russian warplanes on areas at the eastern outskirts of Palmyra city which is controlled by the ‘Islamic State’.”
According to most sources, between 12 and 14 members of two Bedouin families died, including five children and four women. Russian aircraft reportedly targeted the Al Wadi Al Ahmar [Red Valley] residential area in the east of the city.
The Violations Documentation Center said 15 civilian males were killed, though did not identify any by name. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights instead said 15 Daesh fighters died alongside civilians.
A Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson was quoted as sayingWe do not hit populated areas .. especially those with antiquities” when asked whether Russia had carried out strikes at Palmyra. Repeated Russian strikes have since targeted the city according to reports.
It remains possible the action was instead by the US-led Coalition, which publicly reported airstrikes at Palmyra on October 1st, 4th, 9th and 10th 2015.
Civilians reported killed: 12-15, including 5 children, 4 women
Reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Violations Documentation Centre, Al Souria [Arabic], Syria’s Mirror [Arabic], “Media office of the rebels of Syria”, [Propaganda – YouTube, Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights [English] [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Contested – Russia denies attack.
Russian position: As noted above, Russia explicitly denied carrying out strikes at Palmyra. No Russian airstrikes were publicly reported in Homs governorate for October 6th 2015.
No Coalition strikes were reported in the vicinity of Palmyra for October 15th-17th.

October 7th, 2015: Shura, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary:
There were reports that a dozen people were killed – including five women – following alleged Coalition attacks which struck civilian homes at Shura, 40km south of Mosul.
Civilians reported killed: 12

Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: NINA [Arabic], Al Mustaqbal News [Arabic], Al Sharq [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Weak at present – few details
Coalition position: For October 6th-7th 2015, the Coalition reported that “Near Mosul, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL heavy machine guns and three ISIL fighting positions and suppressed an ISIL rocket position and an ISIL mortar position.
In addition, for October 7th-8th it was reported: “Near Mosul, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL fighting position, and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.”

October 8th, 2015: Bayji, Salah al Din province, Iraq
Summary:
Security sources reported that Coalition aircraft had accidentally struck with six missiles a government military position west of Bayji. No casualty figures were given.
Friendly forces reported killed: Unknown

Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Kulul Iraq [Arabic], Iraqi Spring Media Centre, A3Maq Agency [Arabic], Iraq News Agency [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For October 7th-8th 2015 the Coalition reported that “Near Bayji, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle and three ISIL vehicles.”

October 8th, 2015: Fallujah, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: Local sources reported that either government shelling or a warplane from the international Coalition struck civilians betwen noon and 1pm as they were using the Albu Shajal crossing point north of Fallujah, allegedly killing up to 14 non-combatants and injuring 12 more. According to Al Fallujah News there were two strikes at the crossing point, separated by several hours.

Al Alamy, claiming to cite medical officials at Fallujah Hospital, reported that “Our hospital emergency department for Thursday, October 8th 2015 has so far [midnight] received twelve injured ( including five women and five children ) and fourteen martyrs ( including four women and six children.)
One local news service carried pictures of locals giving blood in response to an emergency request.
Civilians reported killed: 11-14, including 6 children, 4 women
Reported injured: 12
Sources: Al Fallujah News [Facebook, Arabic], Al Fallujah News (2) [Arabic], Al Alamy Rahb Sahl [Facebook, Arabic], Al Fallujah News (3) [Arabic], Iraqi Spring Media Centre
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: For October 7th-9th 2015, no publicly-reported Coalition strikes appeared to match the event.

Fallujah residents at a hospital blood drive after an alleged Coalition strike, October 8th 2015 (via al Fallujah News)
Fallujah residents at a hospital blood drive after a possible Coalition strike, October 8th 2015 (via al Fallujah News)

October 8th, 2015: Abdulaziz Mountan, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary: A single source listed an adult male non-combatant as a victim of coalition action. According to VDC, Ahmad Nayef Al Hamad was from Baseera in Dayr ez Zawr, and was killed in an alleged Coalition strike on Abdulaziz mountain in Hassaka.

Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Violations Documentation Centre
Quality of reporting: Weak
Coalition position: For October 7th-9th 2015, no Coalition strikes were publicly reported in the vicinity.

October 9th 2015: Kabisa, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: A single source alleged that a Coalition strike at Kabisa City near Hit in Anbar had killed four civilians.

Civilians reported killed: 4
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Iraqi Spring Media Centre [Facebook, Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Weak – presently single source
Coalition position: For October 8th-9th 2015 the Coalition reported that “Near Hit, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL HME resupply truck and an ISIL HME cache.
And for October 9th-10th it was reported that “Near Hit, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL home-made explosives cache.”

October 15th 2015: Atarib, Aleppo governorate, Syria
Summary: In a Coalition targeted strike, three men were killed when a car was destroyed at Atarib on the road between Sarmada and Bab Al-Hawa.

Sanafi-al-Nasr
Sanafi-al-Nasr

The Coalition originally reported destroying a car at Aleppo on October 15th-16th 2015. This was later amended to a US unilateral action, a targeted killing which the Pentagon said had killed Abdul Mohsen Adballah Ibrahim al Charekh, aka Sanafi al-Nasr (pictured right), described as “a Saudi national and the highest ranking leader of the network of veteran al-Qaeda operatives sometimes called the ‘Khorasan Group’… Al-Nasr is the fifth senior Khorasan Group leader killed in the last four months.”
VDC originally reported three unidentifed males inside the vehicles as civilians. However all three were later admitted by al-Nusra to be combatants, wityh the others named as Abu Yasser Al Maghrabi and Yassin Al Muhajir, local Aleppo leaders of the group.

Civilians reported killed: 0-3
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Violations Documentation Centre, Madar al Yaoum [Arabic], Aksalser [Arabic], National Qusair News Network, [Arabic], Annabaa.org [Arabic], Pentagon statement, AFP, Reuters, Associated Press, New York Times
Quality of reporting: Disproven
Coalition position: For October 15th-16th 2015, the Coalition originally reported that “Near Aleppo, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.”
This was later amended to state: “Separately, on October 15 near Aleppo, Syria, U.S. military forces conducted one airstrike against a network of veteran al Qa’ida operatives, sometimes called the “Khorasan Group,” who are plotting external attacks against the United States and our allies. The airstrike destroyed a vehicle. This strike was previously reported as an ISIL strike.”

October 15th, 2015: Tal Afar, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: In a previously unknown casualty event, the US confirmed on January 29th 2016 that its aircraft had injured at least two civilians in a targeted strike on an ISIL religious judge three months earlier.

According to CENTCOM, “On Oct. 15, 2015, near Tal Afar, Iraq, during strikes against ISIL Sharia Judge Mullah Maysar, it was assessed two civilians were injured when the targeted vehicle veered into oncoming traffic.”
Local media described the attack at the time, with one report saying Maysar had died alongside two bodyguards, with five unspecified people injured. Another report said that five militants died in the attack.
The ISIL operative – real name Akram Kurbash aka Abu Akram – was a senior figure in Daesh and had been the target of previous Coalition targeted strikes. He was first reported killed on May 13th 2015 by the Iraqi Defence Ministry, a claim later played down by the US.
Civilians reported killed: Unknown
Reported injured: 2-5
Sources: CENTCOM statement, Iraq Press Agency [Arabic], Al Hurra [Arabic], Local Facebook page [Arabic], Champions of a Free Qayyarah [Arabic], Battle of Nineveh [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: CONFIRMED CASUALTY INCIDENT
Coalition position: For October 15th-16th 2015, the Coalition had orignally reported only that “Near Tal Afar, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL vehicles, 49 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL cache, and wounded an ISIL fighter.”

October 16th, 2015: Hit, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: According to local sources, 10 civilians were killed and 23 wounded after Coalition aircraft struck Hit city, in the west of Anbar province. According to Iraqi Revolution a number of civilian homes at Shap Corniche were destroyed in the attack which had targeted Daesh elements, with children reportedly among the victims. One photograph showed a man cradling dead or injured child.

Civilians reported killed: 10
Reported injured: 4-23
Sources: Iraqi Revolution [Facebook, Arabic], FaceIraq [Arabic], Iraqi Spring Media Centre [Arabic], Iraq Akhbar [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Disproved
Coalition position: For October 15th-17th 2015, no strikes were publicly reported at Hit by the Coalition.
Responding to a request for clarification from Airwars regarding a number of alleged incidents, CENTCOM stated on November 23rd that “we can confirm we did not launch any strikes on those locations during the dates listed.”

Residents at site of alleged Oct 16th Coalition strike at Hit which reportedly killed 10 civilians (via Iraqi Revolution)
Residents at site of alleged Oct 16th Coalition strike at Hit which reportedly killed 10 civilians (via Iraqi Revolution)
A man cradles a child casualty of an alleged Coalition strike at Hit, Oct 16th 2015 (via Iraqi Spring)
A man cradles a child casualty of an alleged Coalition strike at Hit, Oct 16th 2015 (via Iraqi Spring)

October 17th 2015: Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria
Summary: Four named civilians were reported killed in an airstrike at Manbij, although opinions were split as to whether the victims had been killed by the Assad regime or by the Coalition. As Ara News noted, “the identiy of the planes remains unknown, because of the number of different actors that are bombing the Aleppo countryside including the Coalition, the regime and the Russians. And no side has claimed responsibility until now.”

According to Manbij News the dead were:
Dr Mohammad Al Sam’o (or possibly his student son) the owner of Al Kura al Ardiya Bakery
Fawwaz Al Ahmad Al Mar’i – a 50 year old man from Al Dadat
Ala’a Al Mohammad from Kosak
Mohammad Hussein Al Jammi from Kawi
The Syrian Network sad that three civilians had died – but that they were killed after “regime warplanes fired missiles on Manbej city.”
Civilians reported killed: 3-4
Reported injured: 11
Sources: Manbij News [Facebook, Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights, Aksalser [Arabic], List of casualties [Facebook, Arabic], Ara News [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Disproved
Coalition position: No reference was made to Manbij in Coalition daily reports for October 17th-18th 2015.
Responding to a request for clarification from Airwars regarding a number of alleged incidents, CENTCOM stated on November 23rd that “we can confirm we did not launch any strikes on those locations during the dates listed.”

October 18th, 2015: Anah, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: One woman was reported killed and up to ten other civlians injured in an alleged Coalition airstrike at Anah, a town close to Hit. According to Iraqi Revolution, houses and shops were damaged in the event.

A video obtained by A3Maq showed burning buildings in the appparent aftermath of a night-time attack.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: 10
Sources: Iraqi Revolution [Facebook, Arabic], a3 MaqAgency [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: No Coalition strikes were publicly reported at Anah. However, for October 17th-18th the Coalition noted: “Near Ramadi, three strikes destroyed an ISIL supply cache and denied ISIL access to two separate terrain locations.”
And for October 18th-19th, the Coalition reported strikes in Anbar province at both Ramadi and Fallujah.
On November 20th 2015, a Centcom spokesman informed Airwars that “the only coalition activity that is close to [this] occurred on 18 October, 7 miles away from Anah.

October 18th, 2015: Al Qaim, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: Six civilians were reported killed and 27 injured in an alleged Coalition strike at al Qaim in Anbar province.

Civilians reported killed: 6
Reported injured: 27
Sources: Iraqi Spring Media Centre [Facebook], Iraqi Revolution [Facebook, Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Disproved
Coalition position: No Coalition strikes were publicly reported at Al Qaim for October 1th-19th. However, for October 17th-18th the Coalition noted: “Near Ramadi, three strikes destroyed an ISIL supply cache and denied ISIL access to two separate terrain locations.” And for October 18th-19th, the Coalition reported strikes in Anbar province at both Ramadi and Fallujah.
Responding to a request for clarification from Airwars regarding a number of alleged incidents, CENTCOM stated on November 23rd that “we can confirm we did not launch any strikes on those locations during the dates listed.”

October 18th, 2015: Kisik Junction, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: A civilian taxi was reportedly destroyed in a Coalition airstrike at Kisik Junction north west of Mosul, killing up to eight civilians including two children and a woman. The event, described as an evening airstrike, led to the deaths of a number of named victims. The Coalition has confirmed striking an ‘ISIL vehicle’ on this date at Kisik.

Ammar Anwar Mohammed Jamil (who held a Masters in computing and mathematics from Mosul University) died operating a taxi which was bringing the al Fadhi family back from the Turkish border.
Abdullah Fathi Al Fadhi was reported killed with his wife and at least two of their children, including a girl and a boy (pictured below.) Another girl reportedly survived the attack.
Civilians reported killed: 5-8, including 1 woman and 2 children
Reported injured: 1
Sources: Face Iraq [Arabic], Mosul Ateka [Facebook, Arabic], Mosul Ateka (2) [Arabic], Mosul NawenHebha [Arabic], MNB [Arabic], Hathalyoum [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: The Coalition has confirmed an airstrike at Kisik for October 18th-19th 2015: “Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and wounded an ISIL fighter.”

Ammar Anwar Mohammed Jamil, reportedly killed in a Coalition strike at Kisik Junction, Oct 18th 2015 (via Mosul Ateka)
Ammar Anwar Mohammed Jamil, reportedly killed in a Coalition strike at Kisik, Oct 18th 2015 (via Mosul Ateka)
Abdullah Fathi Al Fandi (via Mosul Ateka)
Abdullah Fathi Al Fadhi (via Mosul Ateka)
The Al Fandi children (via Mosul Ateka)
The Al Fadhi children (via Mosul Ateka)

October 18th, 2015: Alqosjat near Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: In what may be a separate incident or confused reporting (see also the Kisik Junction report for this date) there were reports of a family of eight or nine killed at Alqosjat – an event said to have killed a woman and two children.
Civilians reported killed: 8-9 including 1 woman and 2 children
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Face Iraq [Arabic], Hathalyoum [Arabic], Forataen [Arabic], NINA [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Fair – though with no confirmed Coalition strikes in vicinity
Coalition position: The Coalition has publicly reported no strikes for the Mosul area for October 18th-19th 2015.
Responding to a request for clarification from Airwars regarding a number of alleged incidents, CENTCOM stated on November 23rd that “we can confirm we did not launch any strikes on those locations during the dates listed.”

October 18th, 2015: Hawijah, Kirkuk province, Iraq
Summary: A single source reported that members of a family were killed or injured, after Coalition aircraft reportedly struck three civilian cars near the city of Hawijah. The victims were said to be travelling to Hawijah to pick up their state pensions.

According to NRN, “the international coalition may have believed that those cars were linked to Daesh based on intelligence. It turns out they were incorrect.
Civilians reported killed: Unknown
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: NRN News [Facebook, Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Disproved
Coalition position: No Coalition strikes were publicly reported in the vicinity of Hawijah for October 17th-19th 2015.
Responding to a request for clarification from Airwars regarding a number of alleged incidents, CENTCOM stated on November 23rd that “we can confirm we did not launch any strikes on those locations during the dates listed.”

October 19th-20th, 2015: Tal Kaif district of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq reported that seven people died when a minbus was struck in an airstrike near Mosul.

According to UNAMI, “At 10h30 a.m. on 20 October, seven civilians were killed – including three women and two children – and one was seriously wounded when the minibus in which they were travelling was hit by an airstrike. The victims were all members of one family and were travelling from al-Qawsiyat village in Wana sub-district, Tal Kaif district, to Mosul.
Local media reported the incident at the time as taking place on October 19th. Most blamed the deaths on the Coalition.
Civilians reported killed: 6-7, including 3 women and 2 children
Reported injured: 1
Sources: UNAMI Report, Face Iraq [Arabic], Hathalyoum [Arabic], NINA [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Possibly contested
Coalition position: The Coalition reported the following airstrike in Nineveh province for October 19th-20th: Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

October 20th 2015: Baloum, Dayr ez Zawr governorate, Syria
Summary: According to reports civilian facility guard Waleed Mekhlef Al Abbad was killed in a Coalition raid on the Al Omar oil field. According to local reports, midnight airstrikes were followed by a raid involving up to six Coalition helicopters.

Ara News cited media activist Yasser al-Dairi from Al Mayadeen as saying the raid “targeted an important personality in IS and he confirmed that the landing resulted in the arrest of more than one person.”
Mr al Abbad, the civilian nightwatchman reported killed, came from the nearby village of al Baloum.
The Coalition later confirmed carrying out the strikes, with Major Michael Filanowski telling AFP: “There were strikes last night [in the Omar oil field] that struck Daesh-controlled oil refineries, command and control centres and transportation nodes… There were 26 targets and all 26 were struck. That will impact their strategic ability to generate money.”
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Violations Documentation Centre, Revolutionary Forces of Syria
[Arabic], Ara News [Arabic], Al Arabiya/ AFP
Quality of reporting: Fair

Coalition position: The Coalition has confirmed attacks in the vicinity for October 21st-22nd 2015: “Near Dayr Az Zawr, five strikes struck two ISIL crude oil collection points, an ISIL maintenance and storage yard, an ISIL main petroleum station, and an ISIL cash distribution site.

October 25th-26th 2015: Fallujah, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: Three civilian homes were hit in an alleged night time Coalition airstrike – killing an unspecified number of civilians, according to local reports. The event took place near So’dud School and al Tawfiq mosque in Jugheifi neighbourhood.

Al Fallujah News posted a picture of a burning building, though said the damage was instead due to “constant bombardment by the government.”
Civilians reported killed: Unknown
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Iraqi Spring Media Centre,
Quality of reporting: Disproved
Coalition position: No Coalition strikes were publicly reported at Fallujah for October 25th-26th 2015.
Responding to a request for clarification from Airwars regarding a number of alleged incidents, CENTCOM stated on November 23rd that “we can confirm we did not launch any strikes on those locations during the dates listed.”

October 31st 2015: Al Hawl, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary: Three civilian men were reported killed when their vehicle was stuck in a Coalition airstrike, according to reports.

VDC named the men as:
Ali Salman al-Raya
Hazem Saeid al-Abbas
Farhan Jomaa al-Hasan
This incident is presently single source only.
Civilians reported killed: 3
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Violations Documentation Centre
Quality of reporting: Weak – presently single source
Coalition position: The Coalition confirms carrying out strikes in the vicinity on October 30th-31st 2015: “Near Al Hawl, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL fighting complex.
And for October 31st-November 1st, it was reported that “Near Al Hawl, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles and wounded an ISIL fighter.

October 31st 2015: Mestaha, Aleppo governorate, Syria
Summary: Three teenaged civilian males were reported killed in an alleged Coalition strike at Mestaha.
The VDC named the dead as:
Ahmad Hasan al-Hafni – aged 16
Hosain al-Haji al-Hamada – aged 17
Mahmoud Mohammad al-Hamada – aged 18
Civilians reported killed: 3
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Violations Documentation Centre
Quality of reporting: Weak – presently single source
Coalition position: The Coalition confirms carrying out strikes in the vicinity of Ma’ra in Aleppo governorate on October 31st-November 1st: “Near Mar’a, six strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed seven ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), and wounded two ISIL fighters.”
However, responding to a request for clarification from Airwars regarding a strike at Mestaha, CENTCOM stated on November 23rd that “we can confirm we did not launch any strikes on those locations during the dates listed.”

October 31st 2015: Mahalabiya, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: Four people from one family were reported killed in an alleged Coalition strike, after missiles hit a civilian home.
While a number of outlets reported the incident there are no more details presently available.
Civilians reported killed: 4
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Al Maalomah [Arabic], Shafaqna [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Weak – presently single source
Coalition position: For October 30th-31st 2015 the Coalition reports carring out one strike in the city: “Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL fighting position.”
And for October 31st-November 1st it notes: “Near Mosul, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and two ISIL artillery pieces.

November 2015

November 2nd 2015: Sinjar, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: Eleven civilians were reportedly killed at Um Al Theban while crossing between Syria and Iraq, in what was claimed to be a Coalition airstrike. The incident is presently poorly reported.
Civilians reported killed: 11
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: A3Maq News [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Weak – presently single source
Coalition position: The Coalition has confirmed heavy airstrikes in the Sinjar area at ths time. For November 1st-2nd 2015 it was reported that “Near Sinjar, five strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL vehicles, an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL weapons cache, and two ISIL fighting positions.”
And for November 2nd-3rd it was reported: “Near Sinjar, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL staging areas, two ISIL headquarters, two ISIL weapons caches, and one ISIL tunnel system.

November 4th, 2015: Huwaijah, Kirkuk province, Iraq
Summary: In a previously unknown casualty event, CENTCOM confirmed on April 22nd 2016 that two civilians were injured during a US airstrike at Huwaijah.
According to the official release, “On Nov. 4, 2015, in Al Huwayjah, Iraq, during a strike on an ISIL vehicle, it is assessed that two civilians were injured. The incident occurred when, after weapons were already in flight, the ISIL vehicle unexpectedly pulled off the side of the road near a building where two civilians were standing.
At the time, local sources had reported a heavy air raid on central Hawijah, with one notingGod save the civilians.”
Civilians reported killed: Unknown

Reported injured: 2
Sources: Huwaijah News [Arabic], Naji Jbara tweet [Arabic], Iraqi Revolution [Arabic],  CENTCOM, Airwars,
Quality of reporting: Confirmed
Coalition position: CONFIRMED CASUALTY EVENT
At the time, the Coalition reported for November 4th-5th 2015 that “Near Al Huwayjah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.”

November 4th 2015: Hammam Al Alil, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: Five non-combatants were reportedly killed and four more injured after an alleged Coalition airstrike hit a home at Hammam al-Alil.
According to NINA, “international Coalition aircraft bombed residential neighborhoods in the Hamam al-Alil area, and the shelling resulted in the deaths of five civilians, including a child , and the wounding of four others.” A Daesh hummvee was also reported damaged in the attack.
Civilians reported killed: 5
Reported injured: 4
Sources: NINA [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Weak – presently single source
Coalition position: For November 3rd-4th 2015, the Coalition reported that “Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.”
And for November 4th-5th, that “Near Mosul, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.”

November 5th 2015: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: Heavy Coalition airstrikes on Mosul resulted in a number of civilian casualties, according to reports.
Face Iraq said medical sources in the city reported no fatalities. However three civilians were said to have been injured after an airstrike hit a Daesh prison in the western Badush area of the city. And one student was said to have been killed while walking home from college when he was caught up in a strike.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: 3
Sources: Face Iraq [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Poor – presently single source
Coalition position: For November 4th-5th 2015, the Coalition reports that “Near Mosul, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.”
No Coalition strikes were reported for Mosul for November 5th-6th.

November 8th 2015: Qayyarah, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: Locals claimed that up to 13 civilians were killed – including six children – and another five injured after the Coalition allegedly bombed a residential neighborhood in Qayyarah in Mosul.
DPA also said four Daesh fighters were killed in the attack, which “destroyed about 18 tankers loaded with oil in an attack on an ISIL-occupied oil refinery.
Civilians reported killed: 11-13, including 6 children
Reported injured: 5
Sources: NINA [Arabic], Al Mustaqbal News [Arabic], Irakna/ DPA [Arabic], IBC [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: The Coalition has confirmed one strike in the vicinity for November 7th-8th 2015: “Near Qayyarah, one strike struck an ISIL staging area.”

November 10th 2015: Rifai, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: There were claims that 12 primary school children were injured following an alleged Coalition airstrike at Rifai, west of Mosul.
No other details are presently available.
Civilians reported killed: 0
Reported injured: 12 children
Sources: NINA [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Poor – presently single source
Coalition position: No Coalition strikes were reported at Mosul for November 9th-10th 2015. For November 10th-11th it was reported that “Near Mosul, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.”

November 10th 2015: Al Bootha (Tal Braq), Hassakeh governorate, Syria
Summary: Up to nine civilians from two families were killed in an alleged Coalition dawn strike at the small village of al Bootha – near to the Tishreen oilfield, and close to the scene of fierce clashes between Kurdish ground forces and Daesh.

Accordng to surviving relatives, the al Mlash house targeted in an alleged Coalition strike November 10th 2015
According to surviving relatives, the al Mlash house was targeted in an alleged Coalition strike on November 10th 2015 (via Union of Hassakah Youth)

The Union of Hassakah Youth initially attributed the attack to the Forces for a Democratic Syria – the Kurdish YPG. However it later noted: “It has now become clear that it was carried out by coalition planes. But we join our voices to the voices of all the activists in Hassaka in holding responsible, legally and morally, the Forces for a Democratic Syria which is providing the coalition with targets to bomb. The coalition is also responsible for committing this crime.
Local activist Siraj al Hasskawi said the dead came from two families, which had both fled the violence in nearby Hassakah city.
The deceased have been named as:
Saleh Malash al Serhan – 46 years old
His wife Wasima Mohamad Al Abeda, 40 years old
Their son Shoujaa’ Saleh Malash Al Serhan, 20 years old
Hanan Salah Al Satam Al Hamad Al Hazeem
Zainab Salah Al Sattam
Ahmad Houssien Al Dae’ef
Layth Saleh Malash Al Serhan
Civilians reported killed: 7-9, including 3 children
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Facebook page of local activist Siraj Al Hasskawi [Arabic], Siraj Al Hasskawi – list of dead [Arabic], Siraj al Hasskawi – photos of dead, The Union of Hassakah Youth [Arabic], Enabbaladi [Arabic], Radio Al Kul [Arabic], Syria News Desk [Arabic], Smart News [Arabic], Al Souria.net [Arabic], The Union of Hassakah Youth (2) [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights [English] [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For November 9th-10th 2015. the Coalition reported that “Near Al Hasakah, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED).
And for November 10th-11th it reported that “Near Al Hasakah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) and an ISIL staging area.

Mother and son Wassima and Shuja, killed in a reported Coaltion strike November 10th 2015
Mother and son Wassima and Shuja, killed in a reported Coaltion strike November 10th 2015

November 11th 2015: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: Seven civilians from the same family were reported killed in the second day of alleged Coalition strikes to the south of Mosul.
Civilians reported killed: 7
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Face Iraq [Arabic], Shafaqna [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Weak – presently poorly sourced
Coalition position: For November 10th-11th it was reported that “Near Mosul, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.”
And for November 11th-12th 2015, the Coalition reported that “Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and wounded an ISIL fighter.”

November 12th, 2015: Ramadi, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: In a previously unknown casualty event, CENTCOM confirmed on April 22nd 2016 that one civilian was killed during a US airstrike at Ramadi.
According to the official release, “On Nov. 12, 2015, in Ramadi, Iraq, during a strike targeting ISIL fighters, it is assessed that one civilian was killed.
There were no reports of civilian casualties at the time, though Iraqi Special Forces filmed US strikes on the city that day. A tweet also noted “In a battle for Ramadi today aircraft bombed a number of nests of Daesh rats Daesh in a collaboration between ourselves and the Coalition.”
Civilians reported killed: 1

Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Iraqi Special Operations Forces tweet [Arabic], Video – Iraqi SOF films strikes in Ramadi, CENTCOM, Airwars,
Quality of reporting: Confirmed
Coalition position: CONFIRMED CASUALTY EVENT
At the time, the Coalition reported for November 12th-13th 2015 that “Near Ramadi, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL tunnel, an ISIL building, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL mortar position, and an ISIL fighting position.”

Iraqi Special Forces filmed US strikes on Ramadi November 12th 2015, which killed one civilian
Iraqi Special Forces filmed US strikes on Ramadi November 12th 2015, which killed one civilian

November 15th 2015: Raqaa, Al Raqqah governorate, Syria
Summary: A massed French air raid on Raqaa in retaliation for terrorist atrocities on Paris was also reported to have killed three civilians, according to the Syrian Observatory.
According to the French MoD, ten warplanes targeted a number of sites in Raqaa following the murder of more than 130 civilians in Paris over that weekend. Initial reports said no non-combatants died in the French operation. However, SOHR later cited “reliable sources’ as saying that “the warplanes targeted a heavy machine gun for IS near al-Nour mosque but it missed the target and killed 3 people at least by opening fire on a house.”
Civilians reported killed: 3
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently, Raqaa is Being Slaughtered (2),
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: France has confirmed carrying out a major operation at Raqaa that evening: ‘Le 15 novembre 2015 à 19h50 et 20h25, la force Chammal a frappé des infrastructures tenues par Daech à Raqqah en Syrie. Les deux objectifs visés par les frappes ont été détruits.
Chammal : Raid aérien français sur Raqqah en Syrie, 1 centre de commandement et 1 camp d’entraînement de Daech détruits.
Le raid était constitué de 12 aéronefs dont 10 chasseurs – 6 Rafale, 4 Mirage 2000 (2 M2000D et 2 M2000N). Les aéronefs français ont été engagés simultanément à partir des bases du golfe arabo-persique (GAP) et de Jordanie. Les équipages se sont rejoints au-dessus de la Syrie pour attaquer les deux objectifs occupés par Daech. Planifiée sur des sites préalablement identifiés lors des missions de reconnaissance réalisées par la France, cette opération a été conduite en coordination avec la Coalition.
Situé à 6 km au Sud de Raqqah, le premier objectif a été frappé par une patrouille de 2 Mirage 2000D. Le site était utilisée par Daech comme poste de commandement, centre de recrutement djihadiste et dépôt d’armes et de munitions. L’objectif est nécessaire au fonctionnement de Daech et l’un des lieux à partir duquel des attaques contre notre pays sont susceptibles d’être organisées. Une patrouille de 4 Rafale et 2 Mirage 2000D a détruit le deuxième objectif localisé à l’Ouest de Raqqah. Infrastructure industrielle inachevée, l’objectif abritait un camp d’entraînement terroriste et des cellules de recrutement. Les deux sites ont fait l’objet d’une longue observation préalable.
Ces opérations aériennes permettent d’affaiblir et de réduire les 2 principaux piliers sur lesquels s’appuie le groupe terroriste pour mener des attentats : les capacités de commandement et de recrutement. Le raid a pu être conduit grâce aux vols de renseignement réalisés au-dessus des zones contrôlées par Daech en Syrie depuis 8 septembre 2015.’

November 16th 2015: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: Between seven and 12 civilians were reported killed following an alleged Coalition strike on the directorate of agriculture in Mosul. A further 28 to 39 people were reported injured. The incident took place in the Al Faisaliah area of eastern Mosul, and according to reports, most if not all of those killed had no links to Daesh. An ISIL propaganda video showed some victims in their vehicles, with others including children taken to a local hospital.
In a separate event, five to eight civilian prisoners and three Daesh guards were reported killed and a further 30 people injured, after the Coalition allegedly bombed a detention facility at government offices in Badush, to the west of the city. One eyewitness told a Daesh film crew that there were two strikes at the location: “While I was sitting inside my home taking breakfast at 9.30 am [inside the mosque compound] I heard the sound of planes and the first missile hit this place. The smoke and dust was very heavy. Then the second missile hit again the same place at 10 a.m and you can see the destruction which resulted of this bombing.
One victim has since been named as Saad Abu Mohammed, a local surveyor.
Major General Abdullah al-Jubouri, commander of Iraq Army operations in Nineveh, later urged the international coalition to exercise greater precision in hitting targets.
Civilians reported killed: 12-20
Reported injured: 58-69
Sources: NINA News [Arabic], NINA News (2) [Arabic], Shabkt Alami Nineveh [Facebook, Arabic], Mosul News [Arabic], MNB [Arabic], Altaghier TV [Arabic], Iraq Akbar [Arabic], Islamic State video – aftermath of attacks, NRN [Arabic], Iraqi Spring Media Centre [Arabic], Mosul News [Arabic], Mosul Nawenhebha [Facebook, Arabic], Mosul Kadema [Facebook, Arabic], NRN News (2) [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: The Coalition has confirmed a single strike at Mosul for November 16th-17th 2015: “Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL weapons cache.”

Missile fragment reportedly found at scene of a lethal Mosul airstrike, November 16 2015 (via NRN)
Missile fragment reportedly found at scene of a lethal Mosul airstrike, November 16th 2015 (via NRN)
One of 40 vehicles destroyed in an alleged Coalition strike at Mosul which killed up to 17 civilians (via NRN)
One of 20 vehicles destroyed in an alleged Coalition strike at Mosul which killed up to 17 civilians November 16th (via NRN)

November 16th or 18th 2015: Ramadi, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: A family of six was reportedly killed after an alleged Coalition airstrike was said to have destroyed a car in the centre of Ramadi.
The source of the claim appeared to be the Russian Sputnik news service, which said those killed “are from poor families, unable to flee and under the control of Daesh in Ramadi.” Correspondent Raafat Alzerara was cited by local media as saying that “international coalition strikes have become more random recently, especially after the events of Paris.”
Civilians reported killed: 6, including 4 children
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources:
Sputnik News [Arabic], FaceIraq [Arabic], MNB [Arabic], Face Iraq [Arabic]

Quality of reporting: Weak – effectively single source
Coalition position: The Coalition confirmed heavy arstrikes at Ramadi on November 15th-16th 2015: “Near Ramadi, five strikes destroyed six separate ISIL command and control nodes, damaged an ISIL building, and denied ISIL access to terrain.”
In addition, it was reported for November 16th-17th that “Near Ramadi, five strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed six ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL sniper positions, four ISIL heavy machine guns, an ISIL mortar position, an ISIL artillery position, two ISIL- used roads, and denied ISIL access to terrain.”

November 17th 2015: Hamam al Alil, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: A doctor was reported killed and three of his colleagues injured after an alleged Coalition strike near Mosul.
According to the Iraqi state news agency NINA, “a doctor was martyred and three other doctors were wounded in bombing which targeted health centers in the Hamam al-Alil area, and also hit uninhabited residential buildings close to the center, causing heavy damage.”
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: 3
Sources: NINA News [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Weak – presently single source
Coalition position: The Coalition has confirmed one strike in the vicinity for November 16th-17th 2015: “Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL weapons cache.”
In addition, it reports that for November 17th-18th that “Near Mosul, four strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, an ISIL staging area, an ISIL headquarters and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL fighting position, and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.”

November 18th 2015: Raqqah, Al Raqqah governorate, Syria
Summary: Reports indicated that Coalition aircraft had killed up to ten civilians in Raqaa in an evening strike.
According to local monitors Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently, seven were killed and eight injured after a civilian fuel facility was bombed in the Brigade 17 area of the city. A graphic video by Daesh propagandists Al A’maq shows ten corpses.
However Russia has also reported destroying more than 500 oil tankers in strikes in the region.
Civilians reported killed: 7-10
Reported injured: 8
Sources: Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently [Arabic], GRAPHIC Al A’Maq [propaganda footage], Shaam News Network [Arabic], The Intercept,
Quality of reporting: Possibly contested
Coalition position: For November 18th-19th 2015 the Coalition has confirmed that “Near Ar Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL storage facility.
However the Russian Ministry of Defence has also reported destroying 500 fuel trucks in the Raqqa and Dayr az Zawr areas, making attribution for this event difficult.

November 18th 2015: Al Bukamal, Dayr ez Zawr governorate, Syria

Mahidi Osama al Matroud (via Deir Ezzor Broadcaster)
Mahidi Osama al Matroud (via Free Deir Ezzor Broadcaster)

Summary: According to the Violations Documentation Center and others, six civilian males were reported killed in an alleged Russian airstrike in the vicinity of the Aisha hospital in Al Bukamal. According to Deir Ezzor 24, eight rockets or missiles were launched on the town. However the Syrian Observatory has attributed the attack to the US-led Coalition.
No further information is available at the present time.
Six victims have been named as:
Tarek Thabet al-Nouri – teenage boy (pictured below)
Mhaidi Osama al-Hebini – teenage boy (pictured right)
Usama Mhaidi al-Matroud – adult, male
Alayan Aboud al-Ghani – adult, male
Huthaifa Tareq al-Thabet – adult, male
Omar Hmaid al-Mayouf – ‘young man’
Civilians reported killed: 6, includnig 2 boys
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Violations Documentation Center, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic], Syrian Rebels Gathering [Arabic], Blog post – Hussein al Ahmad [Arabic], Free Deir Ezzor Broadcaster [Arabic], Free Deir Ezzor Broadcaster (2) [Arabic], Lohat Bukamalia (1) [Arabic], Lohat Bukamalia (2) [Arabic], Free Field Committee [Arabic], Deir Ezzor 24 [Arabic], Video – ‘November 18th: raid that targeted Abu Kamal today‘, Video – Deir Ezzor is Being Slaughtered Silently: ‘November 18th – Russia bombed Abu Kamal today’, Syrian Human Rights Campaign [Arabic], Video – Al A’amaq Agency [presently blocked], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (2),
Quality of reporting: Contested.
Russian position: Russia has confirmed carrying out airstrikes in Dayr ez Zawr governorate on November 18th 2015: “From 5:00 to 5:50 a squadron of Tu-22M3 long-range bombers made airstrikes against 6 ISIS facilities in the provinces of Raqqah and Deir-ez-Zor. They engaged depots with weapons and ammunition, mass concentrations of military hardware, training camps and workshops producing explosives.”
The US-led Coalition reported that on November 17th-18th 2015, “Near Abu Kamal, two strikes struck two ISIL oil and gas separation plants.”
No Coalition strikes have publicly been reported in the vicinity for November 18th-19th.

Hathifa Tarek Thabet Al Hawiya (via Free Deir Ezzor Broadcaster)
Hathifa Tarek Thabet Al Hawiya (via Free Deir Ezzor Broadcaster)

November 19th 2015: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: At least ten civilians were reported killed and 13 or more injured, after a Coalition strike at 8.30am which targeted a Daesh IED facility also reportedly hit a next-door dairy factory in Mosul.
According to the local Nineveh Reporters’ Network, the attack “killed all elements of the organization [Daesh] who were inside the booby-trapping plant, but also damaged a large dairy building next door, killing approximately five civilian workers and injuring 13 others.”
The minimum death toll was later raised to ten, with one victim named as Yasir Nazir al-Tai Abu Mustafa, a 45-year old father of two. NRN later published an interview with a neighbour: “Yasir had four children, the eldest a student in the first year at intermediate school. Yasir was working as a taxi driver too, because of the bad economic situation and to protect his family from poverty and hunger… We have lost a dear friend and a good brother to us.
With claims that as many as 50 civilians were killed and injured, the event led to fresh calls for the Coalition to be more careful in its targeting of the city.
In a later statement to CBC News, Canadian Forces Major General Charles Lamarre said the strike had been reviewed and “did not reveal any information to suggest that civilians had been harmed or killed… The nearest structure to the strike was well outside of the explosive radius of the weapons used‎.”
However graphic video footage released by Islamic State showed not only the apparent destroyed IED facility but also a badly damaged adjacent building, including dead and injured persons.
Civilians reported killed: 10-13
Reported injured: 13-28
Sources: Nineveh Reporters Network [Arabic], Mosul News [Arabic], MNB [Arabic], MNB (2) [Arabic], Nineveh News [Arabic], Nineveh Reporters Network (2) [Arabic], Martyr’s page [Facebook, Arabic], Face Iraq [Arabic], Shafaaq [Arabic], GRAPHIC Islamic State propaganda footage of destroyed factory and casualties, Kulul Iraq [Arabic], CBC News, NRN News [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: The Coalition has confirmed targeting an IED facility in the city on November 19th 2015: “Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL weapons vehicle borne improvised explosive device manufacturing facility.”
Canada reports that its aircraft took part in the strike: “On 19 November 2015, while taking part in coalition airstrikes to increase Iraqi security forces’ freedom of movement in the region, two CF-18 Hornets successfully struck an ISIS weapons production facility in the vicinity of Mosul using precision guided munitions.”

Aftermath of alleged Coalition strike at Mosul November 19th which killed at least 5 civilians (via Nineveh Reporters Network)
Aftermath of alleged Coalition strike at Mosul November 19th which killed at least 5 civilians (via Nineveh Reporters Network)
Yasir Nazir al-Tai, a father of four reportedly killed in a Canadian strike (via NRN News)
Yasir Nazir al-Tai, a father of four reportedly killed in a Canadian strike (via NRN News)

November 20th 2015: Al Sukkharieh, Al Bukamal, Dayr ez Zawr governorate, Syria
Summary: The Violations Documentation Center listed five non-combatants, including two women and one child, as killed in an alleged Russian or Coalition airstrike near Al Bukamal. At least two of those killed were said to work for the local electricity company, who died when an oil tank was targeted.

Heavy Russian airstrikes were reported across Deir Ezzor on November 20th, including at Al Bukamal. As All4Syria noted, “Sources from within the city and pointed out that the missiles in Abu Kamal targeted both the perimeter Aisha Hospital, Corniche Road, the area of the shoulder, industry and the public street and block presses and Cultural Center.
However the Coalition has also confirmed bombing the city on the day: “Near Abu Kamal, one strike struck an ISIL crude oil collection point.”
Two victims were named by the VDC as:
Kheder Dahham al-Hamdan – adult, male
Marwan Ali al-Hamed – adult, male – died “due to a heart attack caused by the Russian air forces shelling.”
Additionally, they listed three unidentified victims:
Unidentified 1 – adult, female
Unidentified 2 – adult, female
Unidentified – child, male
All4Syria has named “The wife of Abdul Qader Ibrahim Alkadawi and her twin foetusesas having died at Al Bukamal.
The Syrian Observatory has also reported a man and child killed.
Civilians reported killed: 5, including 1 child and 2 women
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Violations Documentation Centre, Syrian Human Rights Committee [Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic], Syrian Martyrs [Arabic], Al Jisr TV [Arabic], Syrian Rebels Gathering [Arabic], Free Council of Mayadeen [Arabic], Deir Ezzor 24 [Arabic], Smart News [Arabic], Free Deir Ezzor Broadcaster [Arabic], Civil Defence Deir Ezzor, Civil Defence Deir Ezzor (2), GRAPHIC All4Syria [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Contested – either Russia or the Coalition responsible
Russian position: Russia reported that “On November 20, the ships of the Caspian flotilla performed launches of 18 cruise missiles against 7 targets in the Raqqah, Idlib and Aleppo provinces. All the aims were hit.” It added that “29 aircraft of long-range and bomber aviation made strikes from the zone of the Caspian Sea,” though gave no details of the areas targeted.
The Coalition has confirmed in its November 20th-21st reports to attacking the city that day: “Near Abu Kamal, one strike struck an ISIL crude oil collection point.”

 

November 20th 2015: Raqqah, Al Raqqah governorate, Syria

Yasin Khaled al-Nouri (Picture courtesy of VDC)
Yasin Khaled al-Nouri (Picture courtesy of VDC)

Summary: A number of sources reported that Yasin Khaled al Nour from Soran in Hama governorate was killed in a Coalition strike on Raqqah.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Violations Documentation Centre, Syrian Revolution Forum [Arabic], Syrian Human Rights Committee [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Possibly contested
Coalition position: No Coalition airstrikes were reported for Syria on November 19th-20th 2015. CJTF-OIR confirmed that for November 20th-21st 2015, “Near Ar Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL checkpoint.

November 24th 2015: Bashiqa, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: According to Iraqi MP Salim Jumah, five civilians from the Shabakian tribe were killed including three children and a woman, after Coalition aircraft allegedly bombed their house in Abu Jarbua village in Bashiqa, east of Mosul.
Speaking to NRN News, the local Shabak Party MP called for compensation for those killed, naming the dead as:
Zidane Saud Shaaban father, aged 48
Huda Ayoub Saber – mother, aged 37
Ashjan Zidane Saud – aged 13
Ayman Zeidan Saud
– aged 9
Zidane Saud
– aged 7
Three other children were injured in the incident, named as Saud Ibrahim Zidan (aged 12); Iman Zidane Saud (16) and Roa Zidane Saud (aged 4.)

In a later investigation, the Washington Post said that despite an Iraqi MP complaining to the US Embassy about the incident, US military officials claimed to be aunware of the event: “The deaths were reported in the Iraqi media and logged by Airwars, an organization that tracks civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. military confirmed that it carried out a strike that day in Bashiqa, but said it has not received any complaint that civilians were killed.”
Civilians reported killed: 5, including 3 children and 1 woman
Reported injured: 3
Sources: NRN News [Arabic], Washington Post,
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For November 23rd-24th 2015 the Coalition reported that “Near Mosul, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.”
And for November 24th-25th, it noted: “Near Mosul, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL building, and suppressed an ISIL rocket position.”

November 24th 2015: Al Arisheh, Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary:
There were reports that two civilians named as Awwad Bandar Al Hamidi and his son (age presently unknown) Mahmoud Awwad Al Hamidi died after their vehicle was targeted by alleged Coalition aircraft on the road to Al Arisheh. Another source said the pair were on their way to the local cattle market when they died.
According to the Syrian Observatory, “Warplanes believed to be for the Coalition carried out airstrikes on places in the road to al-Arisheh area in the southern countryside of Al-Hasakah, which led to the death of a man and information about the death of his son.
Civilians reported killed:
2

Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Twit-Boook [Arabic], Radio Al Kul [Arabic], Syrian Human Rights Committee [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights [English] [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: The Coalition confirms carrying out an airstrike in Hassakah governorate on November 25th-26th 2015: “Near Al Hawl, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and wounded two ISIL fighters.

November 25th 2015: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary:
A high-ranking officer with the Iraq Army was the reported source for a highly contested claim – most likely Daesh propaganda – that French aircraft had bombed a school in Mosul, allegedly killing 28 pupils.
According to German news agency DPA, Brigadier-General Thanon Sabawi from the Second Division of the Iraqi Army claimed that “French aircraft today bombed Fatima Zahra Primary School in the eastern area of Mosul, in Zuhoor region , killing 28 pupils and wounding five others.”
The explosive claim led Egypt’s Grand Mufti Shawki Allam to condemn France: “This French military operation that targeted innocent civilians, children, is a mark of shame on France. It is no less abhorrent than the way terrorist organisations target innocents.”

The Nineveh Reporters Network challenged the claimed attack, insisting that ‘there has been no Coalition strike in Mosul for the past three days.’ MNB also described the claim as Daesh propaganda, while an Iraqi official told Shafaaq there was “no truth as reported by some media about the killing of a number of pupils in an aerial bombardment of a primary school by French aircraft.”
France subsequently confirmed that its aircraft had carried out a 9.30pm airstrike near Mosul the evening before, on November 24th, telling Middle East Eye that “At 19:30 French time [21:30 local time] four Rafale fighter jets from an aircraft carrier stationed in the eastern Mediterranean, along with some US aircraft, dropped 20 bombs on an IS command centre“ at nearby Tal Afar.
Civilians reported killed:
28

Reported injured: 5
Sources: MNB [Arabic], Al Quds/ DPA [Arabic], Iraq Central News Agency [Arabic], Ahram [Arabic], NINA [Arabic], Nineveh Reporters Network [Arabic], MNB [2] [Arabic], Shafaaq [Arabic], Middle East Eye, Deutsche Welle, Al Jazeera’s Amer al-Kubaisi [Arabic], CNN, Al Araby, Yahoo News, MNB (2) [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Likely disproven
Coalition position: For November 25th-26th 2015, the Coalition reported that “Near Mosul, five strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL checkpoint and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL building.”

November 26th 2015: Fallujah, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary:
Local sources in Fallujah alleged that Coalition aircraft bombed a house with three families inside near Khalid Bin Al Waleed mosque, killing at least 12 and wounding six more – mostly children and women.
The reported 11.30pm airstrike caused multiple casualties, with many victims buried under a collapsed building. The Baghdad Centre for Human Rights said that both Coalition and Iraq government aircraft had participated in the attack, while all other sources pointed only to the Coalition.
Jasim Al Assal, a member of the local provincial council, complained thatthe desire by local people to be free from Daesh terrorists does not justify inaccuracy by the international coalition, who must spare civilians including children and womenin Fallujah.”
The following were later named as:
Abdarahman Ahmed Ibrahim – boy, 11
Ahmad Kamal Ibrahim
– boy, 12 years

Abdarahman Lance Tawfiq – boy, 1 year
Ruasi Kamal Ibrahim – 12 years
Hmsh Kamal Ibrahim – 4 years
Rana Omar Khalil – girl, 2 years
Fatimah Tawfiq Shafi – woman, 37 years
Abrahim Ahmed Ibrahim
– boy, 3 years

Omar Khalil – 32 years (pictured below)
Wife of Omar Khalil – 27 years old
Ayman Hamid Abdul Jabbar – boy, 7 years
Hamid Abdul Jabbar Abdullah – 38 years old
Also reported injured were Yousef Ahmed Ibrahim (aged 3 years); Asia Kamal Ibrahim (1 year); Ahmed Ibrahim Ghaith (10); Huda Khamis Farhan (12 years); Alaa Hamid (13) and Aqil Hamid Abdul Jabbar (10 years.)
Civilians reported killed:
12-17, including 8 children, 2 women

Reported injured: 6
Sources: List of dead and injured [Arabic], Al Fallujah News [Arabic], Al Fallujah News (2) [Arabic], GRAPHIC Al Fallujah News (3) – bodies of children, Waradana [Arabic], Iraqi Spring Media Centre, Iraqi Spring Media Centre (2), Iraqi Revolution [Arabic], Iraqi Revolution (3) [Arabic], Iraqi Revolution (4) [Arabic], Al Rafidain [Arabic], Iraqi Revolution (5) [Arabic], Iraqi News Agency [Arabic], Al Fallujah News (4) – badly injured child [Arabic], Baghdad Centre for Human Rights [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: The Coalition confirms carrying out strikes in the near vicinity on November 26th-27th 2015: “Near Fallujah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL rocket rail, an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL improvised explosive device (IED) cache, and an ISIL command and control node.”

Child victims of alleged Coalition strike at Fallujah, November 26th 2015 (via Iraqi Revolution)
Child victims of alleged Coalition strike at Fallujah, November 26th 2015 (via Iraqi Revolution)
Omar Khalil, victim of a reoprted Coalition strike at Fallujah, November 26th 2015
Omar Khalil, victim of a reported Coalition strike at Fallujah, November 26th 2015

November 26th 2015:الرقة‎ Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
Summary: 
Five to eight civilians including four children were reported killed, and 10 injured, when Russian warplanes allegedly launched several rockets on Hetten School in Raqqa, according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights. Ara News also blamed Russia.
Syria Press Report (citing the Syrian Observatory) placed the death toll at 12 and said the attack was by ‘warplanes unknown.’ Eldorar blamed the regime. And BBC Arabic said only that ‘international air strikes’ hit Raqqa, noting that “It is not yet known who carried out the air strikes on the capital of the “Islamic state”, which is exposed to a campaign of international airstrikes, particularly after Paris and the bombing of a Russian aircraft in the Egyptian Sinai attack.”
Monitors later named two victims:
Okay Mahmoud – child
Mohammad Al Ma’ayouf /Raqqa – from Sulook town
Plus 3-6 victims unnamed, including 4 children
Civilians reported killed: 5-12, including 5 children

Reported injured: 10-12
Sources: Syrian Network for Human Rights [English], Syrian Network for Human Rights [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights (2), GRAPHIC: Syrian Network for Human Rights (3), Syrian Network for Human Rights (4), Syria Press Report [Arabic], Ara News [Arabic], Eldorar [Arabic], BBC Arabic,
Quality of reporting: Contested
Russian position: Russia reports that “On November 23-26, aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces performed 134 combat sorties engaging 449 objects in the Aleppo, Damascus, Idlib, Latakia, Hama, Homs, Raqqah and Deir-ez-Zor provinces.”
Russia also reported that “In the course of the last week, November 26 – December 4, the Russian aircraft have performed 431 combat sorties from the Hmeymim airbase making pinpoint strikes on 1458 terrorist objects in the Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia, Hama, Homs, Deir ez-Zor and Raqqah provinces.”
The Coalition confirms carrying out strikes on Raqqa on November 25th-26th 2015: “Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL vehicle staging area and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.”
No Coalition strkes are reported for Syria for November 26th-27th 2015.

GRAPHIC: Image depict child victims of an alleged Russian airstrike on Ar Raqqah, November 26th (via SN4HR)
GRAPHIC: Image depict child victims of an alleged Russian airstrike on Hetten School, Raqqa, November 26th (via SN4HR)

December 2015

December 1st 2015: Qayyarah, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: Multiple civilian casualties were claimed in Qayyarah after the Coalition was accused of bombing civilian houses in the town.
Face Iraq reported that seven children and an elderly woman died in the event,
which it said destroyed six houses in the vicinity of the Khader mosque (which some sources said had also been destroyed.) Three images were also published showing the damage.
Shafaaq also said the incident was a Coalition strike – but that ten civilians from the same family were injured rather than killed.
Local MP Ahmed al-Jubouri later condemened the attack, saying the Coalition had carried out the strike “without any coordination either with the Iraqi central government, local government, or the Mosul operational command.
Civilians reported killed:
, 0-8, including 7 children, 1 woman

Reported injured: 10
Sources: Face Iraq [Arabic], Iraq Akhbar [Arabic], MNB [Arabic], Iraqi Spring Media Centre, A3Maq Agency [Arabic], Al Taghier [Arabic], Shafaaq [Arabic], MNB – interview with Ahmed al-Jubouri MP [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: No Coalition strikes were publicly reported in the vicinity of Qayyarah for either November 30th-December 1st or December 1st-2nd 2015.

Six houses were destroyed in an alleged Coalition strike at Qayyarah, Iraq on December 1st (via Face Iraq)
Six houses were said to have been destroyed in an alleged Coalition strike at Qayyarah, Iraq on December 1st (via Face Iraq)

December 2nd 2015: Rawa, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: At least one civilian was alleged killed in a claimed Coalition airstrike at Rawa.

According to Heet News a market and civilian homes were among the structures hit. Most meda placed the death toll at one, though some reports claimed fatalities were as high as seven.
Civilians reported killed:
1-7

Reported injured: 6
Sources: Iraqi Spring Media Centre, Heet News [Arabic], Iraqi Spring Media Centre (2) [Arabic], Anbar Motny [Arabic], Iraqi Revolution,
Quality of reporting: Weak
Coalition position: While no Coalition strikes were reported for Rawa, heavy Coalition action was reported at nearby Ramadi for December 1st-2nd 2015: “Near Ramadi, nine strikes struck three ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL mortar position, 10 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL tactical vehicle, five ISIL heavy machine guns, two ISIL RPG positions, an ISIL tunnel, an ISIL anti-tank position, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), an ISIL staging location, two ISIL buildings, an ISIL command and control node, cratered an ISIL-used road, and denied ISIL access to terrain.”
Similarly heavy action was reported for December 2nd-3rd: “Near Ramadi, eight strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL tunnel, three ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED), nine ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL light machine gun positions, three ISIL heavy machine gun positions, an ISIL recoilless rifle, an ISIL tactical vehicle and denied ISIL access to terrain.”

Aftermath of alleged Coalition strike at Rawa December 2nd 2015 (via MRB)
Aftermath of alleged Coalition strike at Rawa December 2nd 2015 (via Heet News)

December 3rd 2015: Hemidiat west of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: Two children were reportedly killed in an alleged Coalition strike on the town of Hemidiat to the west of Mosul. According to Shafaqna and others, the strike hit the commercial district of the town.
Civilians reported killed:
2, both children

Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Al Maalomah [Arabic], Shafaqna [Arabic], Foratean [Arabic], Alegt News [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Weak, with few details
Coalition position: The Coalition reported one strike nearby for December 2nd-3rd: “Near Mosul, two strikes destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
And for December 3rd-4th it was reported that “Near Mosul, one strike [Canadian] damaged an ISIL VBIED storage location.”
According to the Canadian Defence Ministry, “On 3 December 2015, while taking part in coalition operations in support of Iraqi security forces, two CF-18 Hornets successfully struck an ISIS fighting position northwest of Mosul using precision guided munitions.”

December 5th 2015: Ramadi, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: Local sources claimed that at least five civilians – mostly children and women from two displaced families – were killed and six to 12 wounded after an aerial bombing of their home in the Warrar area of Ramadi.

Al Samaria quoted what it said was an anonymous source in the Daesh-occupied city: “Two missiles from military aircraft landed today on two houses in downtown Ramadi, killing five people, including women and children, and wounding six others, including women and children… The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital, and the bodies to the forensic medicine department.”
A number of graphic photographs depicted dead and injured children.
In a posting since deleted, Al Fallujah News described the attack as the result of “government shelling,” and also posted video of a 2am attack on the city which it said was by government forces.
Civilians reported killed:
5-7, including 1-4 children and 3 women

Reported injured: 6-12
Sources: Al Sumaria TV [Arabic], Sotal Iraq [Arabic], GRAPHIC Al Anbar Motny [Arabic], Iraqi Spring Media Centre, Al Fallujah News – footage of ‘government strike’, A3maq Agency [Arabic], Heet News [Arabic], Face Iraq [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: The Coalition reported contionued heavy strikes at Ramadi for December 4th-5th 2015: “Near Ramadi, seven strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL bunker, two ISIL VBIEDs, 15 ISIL fighting positions, 12 ISIL buildings, three ISIL light machine guns, three ISIL RPGs, an ISIL anti-air artillery piece, an ISIL assembly area, five ISIL staging areas, an ISIL weapons cache, and denied ISIL access to terrain.”
In addition, it was reported that for December 5th-6th Near Ramadi, six strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL sniper position, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) facility, four ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun, three ISIL buildings, four ISIL command and control nodes, three ISIL staging areas, two ISIL weapons caches, damaged an ISIL fighting position, and denied ISIL access to terrain.”

Aftermath of alleged Coalition strike on Ramadi December 3rd (Al Anbar Motny)
Aftermath of alleged Coalition strike on Ramadi December 5th (Al Anbar Motny)
Child victim of reported Coalition strike at Ramadi December 3rd 2015 (via Al Anbar Motny)
Child victim of a reported Coalition strike at Ramadi December 5th 2015 (via Al Anbar Motny)

December 6th 2015: Al Sae’ka military camp, Al Ayyash, Dayr ez Zawr governorate, Syria
Summary: The government of Bashar al Assad condemned what it said was a Coalition evening strike on Syrian military forces. The Pentagon and US government denied the claim, suggesting that the erroneous attack was instead carried out by Russian forces.
The official Syrian news agency SANA cited the Foreign Ministry as saying that “four U.S.-led coalition warplanes targeted with nine rockets one of the Syrian army’s posts in Deir Ezzor province, claiming the lives of three soldiers and injuring 13 others in addition to destroying three armored vehicles, four military vehicles, 23 mm machinegun, 14.5 machinegun and a depot of arms and ammunition.
According to Al Khaleej, “the coordination committees of the Syrian Revolution [also] confirmed the deaths and injuries caused by the bombing of coalition forces that targeted Al Sa’eka camp of the Assad regime.” And Daesh also claimed that Coalition planes bombed Assad forces shortly after hitting Islamic State positions.

US Special Envoy Brett McGurk took to Twitter to insist that “No Coalition strikes within 55km of claimed incident on Syrian base in Deir Ezzor. Reports of coalition involvement are false.
AP also cited a Coalition spojkesman as saying that “We did not strike any vehicles or personnel targets in this area. We have no indication any Syrian soldiers were even near our strikes.” An anonymous US official also asserted: “Radar shows Russian bombers making seven passes over the city of Deir el-Zour dropping munitions, the official said, adding that one of the TU-22s made a pass over the area of the army camp within one minute of the explosion that killed the Syrian troops. Overall, the Russian bombers launched strikes in four locations around Deir el-Zour.
‘Friendly’ forces reported killed:
3-4

Reported injured: 13
Sources: SANA, Al Khaleej Online [Arabic], Al Amaq [Daesh propaganda] [Arabic], BBC News, Tweet of US anti-ISIL special envoy, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Associated Press, Arabic CNN, Pentagon statement,
Quality of reporting: Contested Russian or US incident
Coalition position: The Coalition reported that for December 6th-7th 2015Near Dayr Ar Zawr, four strikes struck four ISIL oil well-heads.”
Russia has issued no public statement about the incident.

December 6th 2015: Dayr ez Zawr, Dayr ez Zawr governorate, Syria
Summary: A woman and her two children were reported killed in an alleged Coalition airstrke on Dayr ez Zawr city.
Al Khaleej cited the Syrian Observatory as reporting that “another air raid on the city of Deir ez-Zor believed to be carried out by the coalition killed a woman and two of her children.”
In comments relating to the previous incident, an anonymous US official told AP that “Radar shows Russian bombers making seven passes over the city of Deir el-Zour dropping munitions.”
Civilians reported killed:
3 including 2 children, 1 woman

Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Al Khaleej Online [Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Associated Press,
Quality of reporting: Weak – presently poorly reported. Contested.
Coalition position: The Coalition reported that for December 6th-7th 2015Near Dayr Ar Zawr, four strikes struck four ISIL oil well-heads.”
Russia has issued no public statement about the incident.

December 7th 2015: Ein al Khan nr Al Hawl, Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary: As many as 47 civilians were reported killed and 17 injured in an alleged US Apache helicopter and fast jet attack on the village of al Khan near al Hawl.

Locals were involved in an altercation with Islamic State militants according to McClatchy, with Coalition aircraft attacking a convoy of reinforcements as they entered the village.
According to local activist Siraj Al Hasskawi, six families were caught up in the attack whom he named as “the families of Awad Al Hadeed, Ayed Al Hadeed, Ali Al Samman, Ibrahim Al Abd, Abbas Al Salman and the family of Al Abboud.”
According to the Global Post, the airstrikes took place in the early hours of December 7th. It cited an eyewitness in the village named as ‘Abu Khalil’:“It was past midnight. We were sleeping. We were suddenly wakened by a huge explosion. The house shook. The windows shattered. There was shrapnel in the walls. I ran out and saw my neighbor’s house completely destroyed. He told me, ‘Abu Khalil, I managed to rescue my wife and son but I can’t find my six-month-old baby. Help me!’ I could hear people calling from underneath the rubble. My neighbor’s mother was crying out. She’s 70. I pulled her out, along with a boy and his mother. They were all OK. My mother and my aunt both came running to help dig through the rubble. But while we did this, a helicopter — an Apache — came overhead. It fired. They had machineguns with explosive bullets. I was hit. I still have the shrapnel in my body. I fell into the hole made by the airstrike. That was what saved me. The helicopter circled round again and fired a second time. My mother and aunt were killed. The woman and her son I’d rescued were killed. Everyone but me was killed.

Three powerful rockets were used in the first airstrike. They left a two-meter deep hole in the ground. Anyone could see the hole until the Kurdish militia filled it. They don’t let anyone go near the place or take pictures. Nineteen people died in that one houseIt was the Americans. For the past year-and-a-half, the only aircraft that fly over our area have been American.”
According to reports, Kurdish forces allegedly prevented the filming of civilian victims at the local hospital. Al Jazeera also cited local Arab sources as claiming that “these [Kurdish] forces deliberately give incorrect coordinates to the Coalition in order to target and empty of their populations specific villages – and to prevent the return of the displaced.”
The Union of Hassakah Youth later condemened the incident:We call on the United Nations and Amnesty International to carry out full investigations with the utmost urgency to expose the circumstances of this crime and to make those who committed it take full responsibility according to international law and the declarations of the UN.”
CENTCOM told reporters that it was assessing the claim, adding that “If the information is found to be credible, we’ll conduct an investigation, and we’ll release the results of that investigation.”

The dead have been named by the Syrian Network as:
Ayed Hadeed Al Hassan, nicknamed as Abu Salah, 56 years old
Qama Eid Al Ali, Ayed’s wife, 45 years old
Salah Ayed Hadeed Al Hassan, 26 years old
Mohamad Ayed Hadeed Al Hassan, 23 years old
Fatima Ayed Hadeed Al Hassan, 17 years old
Salman Ayed Hadeed Al Hassan, 15 years old
Amal Ayed Hedeed Al Hassan, 3 years old
Alaa Ayed Hadeed Al Hassan, 1 years old
Awwad Hadeed Al Hassan, 60 years old
Dulla Al Imaier, Awaad’s wife, 45 years old
Mohamad Awwad Al Hadeed, 23 years old
Ahmad Awwad Al Hadeed, 21 years old
Turfa Awwad Al Hadeed, 16 years old
Ayed Awwad Al Hadeed, 12 years old
Hassan Awwad Al Hadeed, 4 years old
Rahaf Awwad Al Hadeed, 7 years old
Jameela Awwad Al Hadeed, 3 years old
Iman Al Batan, Mohamad Al Aboud Al Khleef’s wife, 27 years old
Atheer Mohamad Al Aboud Al Khleef, 4 years old
Abdul Hay Mohamad Al Aboud Al Khleef, 3 years old
Abdul Razak Mohamad Al Aboud Al Khleef, 2 months old
Fatima Awda Al Khaleef, Hamad Al Aboud Al Khleef’s wife, 27 years old
Aboud Hamad Al Aboud Al Khleef, 6 years old
Ibrahim Hamad Al Aboud Al Khleef, 4 years old
Tayseer Hamad Al Aboud Al Khleef, 2 years old
Kamoura Knash Al Hameed, also known as Jihan, wife of Ibrahim
Al Aboud Al Khleef, 25 years old
Mohamad Ibrahim Al Aboud Al Khleef, 2 years old
Hamad Ibrahim Al Aboud Al Khleef, 1 years old
Ibrahim Abed Al Najras, 30 years old
Farja Asaad Al Najras, Ibrahim’s wife, 23 years old
Zahra Saleh Al Najras, 70 years old
Ali Jassem Al Abdeed, 38 years old
Suhial Ali Jassem Al Abeed, 9 years old
Sidra Ali Jassem Al Abeed, 4 years old
Tasneem Ali Jassem Al Abeed, 4 years old
Salman Eid Al Hassan, 32 years old
Faysal Eid Al Hassan, 23 years old
Abbas Suliman Al Abdullah, 38 years old
Wadha – a displaced woman from Al Houl town, 65 years old
Rouz – a displaced woman from Al Houl town, 50 years old.
A slightly different list from the Hassakah Union gave the following names:
Ali Sleiman Al Abdallah and three children Bayan, Mohammed and a baby. Ali’s wife Nagiya – reported killed by some sources – was described by others as having lost a leg.
Abbas al Sleiman, his wife and 2 or more children
The wife of Mahmoud Al Aboud and their four children.
The wife of Hamid Al Aboud and two daughters, one named Rim.
Eid Al Shaker’s family of five people, including children.
The mother of Ibrahim Al Aboud and his wife and his two children.
The two wives of Mahmoud Al Abboud and his four children.
Five members of the family of Abbas Al Eid
Ten members of the family of A’ed Al Hadid killed or injured
Awwad Al Hadid, his wife and their son Ali and his wife and their granddaughter Isslam.
Mohammad Ali Salman Al Abdallah, a child, also later reportedly died of his injuries.
Civilians reported killed:
40-47, including 19 children, 9 women

Reported injured: 17
Sources: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Baladi News [Arabic], Asia News [Arabic], Hassakah Union – list of dead [Arabic], Hassakah Union (2) [Arabic], Union of Hassakah Youth [Arabic], Hassakah Union (3) [Arabic], Siraj al Hisskawi Facebook page [Arabic], Al Souria [Arabic], Al Jazeera [Arabic], Al A’maq [Daesh propaganda], VICE News, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (2), AFP, BBC News, McClatchy News, Syrian Network for Human Rights, Shaam News Network [Arabic], Union of Hassakah Youth [Arabic], EXTREMELY GRAPHIC Footage of a burnt corpse, Union of Hassakah Youth, Global Post, BBC News, Syrian Network for Human Rights (2) [English] [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights (3) – list of dead,
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: The Coalition reported that for December 6th-7th 2015Near Al Hawl, four strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed nine ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), and three ISIL vehicles.”
And for December 7th-8th it was also reported that “Near Al Hawl, five strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.”
In a February 2016 investigation, the Global Post noted: “The US military emphatically denied that they bombed al Khan on Dec. 7, though a spokesman said there were airstrikes in the area of al Hawl, a small town a few miles away. But when the spokesman showed us a map marking the location of the airstrike, it was in the same area where a group of local activists had told us al Khan was located. This was where the locals said the rocket attack had taken place.

Ali Sleiman Al Abdallah and his children, killed in a reported Coalition strike December 7th 2015 (via Hassakah Youth Union)
Ali Sleiman Al Abdallah and his children, killed in a reported Coalition strike December 7th 2015 (via Hassakah Youth Union)
Abbas Al Sleiman, reported killed with his wife and children on December 7th at (via Hassakah Youth)
Abbas Al Sleiman, reported killed with his wife and children on December 7th at Al Hawl (via Hassakah Youth)

December 7th 2015: Fallujah, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: An alleged Coalition airstrike on the Thubat district of Fallujah reportedly killed a young girl named as Ayesha Wadhah, and also wounded two other children named as Tabarek Wadhah (who lost a hand) and her brother Osama Wadhah.
Civilians reported killed:
1, a child

Reported injured: 2
Sources: Iraqi Revolution [Arabic], Al Fallujah News [Arabic], Iraqi Spring Media Centre,
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: For December 6th-7th 2015 and for December 7th-8th the Coalition publicly declared no strikes at Fallujah.

Scene of reported Coalition strike at Fallujah December 7th which killed a child (via Al Fallujah News)
Scene of reported Coalition strike at Fallujah December 7th which killed a child (via Al Fallujah News)

December 7th 2015: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: There were claims that eleven civilians were killed including two children – with three doctors injured – after Coalition aircraft allegedly bombed two health centers in Aski Mosul and Baduish villages in Mosul.
Civilians reported killed:
11, including 2 children

Reported injured: 3
Sources: National Iraqi News Agency [Arabic], Al Mustaqbal News [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Weak at present – effectively single source
Coalition position: For December 6th-7th 2015 the Coalition reported that “Near Mosul, one strike destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.”
And for December 7th-8th it reported that “Near Mosul, one strike destroyed an ISIL excavator.”

December 9th 2015: Ramadi, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: Four civilians were reported killed and 17 injured in an alleged Coalition strike on the centre of Ramadi.

According to FaceIraq, the source of the claim appeared to be Sputnik News, which itself reproted thatAccording to Iraqi security sources, who asked not to be named, a Coalition strike on the “Company” area of central Ramadi, under the control of Daesh, killed four civilians and wounded 17 others.”
The Iraqi Revolution site – which posted footage of casualties of the incident – blamed the attack on “the army of the brutal enemy” – though it was not clear whether this implied the US-led Coalition or the Iraq Army.
Civilians reported killed:
4

Reported injured: 17
Sources: FaceIraq [Arabic], Arabic Sputnik News, Iraqi Revolution – footage of child casualties,
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For December 8th-9th 2015, the Coalition reported that “Near Ramadi, four strikes struck three separate large ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL bed down locations, two ISIL light machine guns, two ISIL heavy machine guns, an ISIL recoilless rifle, four ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL tactical vehicle, three ISIL buildings, four ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED), an ISIL VBIED factory, an ISIL staging area, an ISIL compound, an ISIL resupply location, two ISIL command and control nodes, and denied ISIL access to terrain.”
And for December 9th-10th, it was reported that “Near Ramadi, six strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL boats, five ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL weapons caches, and four ISIL command and control nodes.”

December 9th 2015: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: One child was reported killed and three civilians injured in an alleged Coalition strike at Mosul.

Mosul Nawen and Iraqi Spring claimed the attack was carried out by a drone, on the west side the city.
Civilians reported killed:
1

Reported injured: 3
Sources: A3Maqa Agency (Daesh propaganda) [Arabic], Iraqi Revolution [Arabic], Mosul Nawen [Arabic], Iraqi Spring Media Centre,
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For December 8th-9th 2015, the Coalition reported that “Near Mosul, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.”
And for December 9th-10th, it stated that “Near Mosul, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL checkpoint.”

December 10th, 2015: Raqqah, Raqqah governorate, Syria
Summary: In a previously unknown casualty event, CENTCOM confirmed on April 22nd 2016 that one civilian was killed during a US airstrike against a high value target in Raqqah.
According to the official release, “On Dec. 10, 2015, near Ar Raqqah, Syria, during strikes against Siful Sujan, an ISIL external operations planner, it was assessed that one civilian was killed.
Our researchers have been unavble to identify any additional reports relating to this incident.
Civilians reported killed: 1

Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: CENTCOM, Airwars,
Quality of reporting: Confirmed
Coalition position: CONFIRMED CASUALTY EVENT
At the time, the Coalition reported for December 10th-11th that “Near Ar Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and wounded ISIL fighters.

December 10th 2015: Ramadi, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: Eight civilians – including a senior vetinarian and his wife – were reported killed when three vehicles were hit in an alleged Coalition airstrike, as they travelled on the road between Ramadi and Rutba.

Dr. Ahmed Hamid Al-Jumaily (pictured) – the director of a major vetinary hospital in Anbar – was killed along with his wife, and his wife’s father. Four or five other civilians also died, named as Hazem Al Sarhan and his wife and children in what was claimed to be a Coalition attack. Ramadi had been the scene of heavy airstrikes for some weeks.
Civilians reported killed:
78, including 2 women, 2 children

Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Rivers Are Free News [Arabic], Iraqi Revolution [Arabic], Iraqi Spring Media Centre, Heet News [Arabic], Fallujah News [Arabic], Fayad Fayad [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For December 9th-10th 2015 the Coalition reported that “Near Ramadi, six strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL boats, five ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL weapons caches, and four ISIL command and control nodes.”
And for December 10th-11th it noted: “Near Ramadi, five strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL bed down location, an ISIL VBIED, and an ISIL staging area.”

Senior vetinarian Dr. Ahmed Hamid Al-Jumaily, killed with 7 others in reported Coalition strike December 10th 2015 (via Heet News)
Senior vetinarian Dr. Ahmed Hamid Al-Jumaily, killed with 6 or 7 others in reported Coalition strike December 10th 2015 (via Heet News)

December 12th 2015: Ramadi, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: A family of five was killed in a US airstrike on the Albothiab Island area of Ramadi.

The deceased were named by Al Fallujah News as Duraid Ibrahim Kazem, his wife Nebras Abdul Alkarim, and three of their children: Mustafa, Mohammed and Farah.
CENTCOM confirmed the casualty event on April 22nd 2016, noting: “On Dec. 12, 2015, in Ramadi, Iraq, during a strike on ISIL personnel at a suspected ISIL checkpoint, it is assessed that five civilians were killed after they unexpectedly moved into the target location after weapons were already in flight.
It was also reported that the day before the incident, Iraqi government aircraft had targeted civilian taxis in the same area, killing two.
Civilians reported killed:
5, including 3 children

Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Al Fallujah News [Arabic], Rivers Are Free News [Arabic], Yagen [Arabic], Iraqi Spring Media Centre, Mesopotamia Independent Free Network [Arabic], CENTCOM, Airwars,
Quality of reporting: Confirmed
Coalition position: CONFIRMED CASUALTY EVENT
At the time, the Coalition reported the following for December 12th-13th 2015: “Near Ramadi, six strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, two ISIL command and control nodes, an ISIL assembly area, two ISIL fighting positions, and denied ISIL access to terrain.”

Family of five killed in a reported Coalition strike December 10 (via )
GRAPHIC Family of