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.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
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Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]
Reports of the incident mention Bartalah village (برطلّة), North of Mosul, in the Nineveh province, Iraq. The location of the midpoint of Bartalah village (برطلّة) is: 36.3534649, 43.3793879
US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
Jul 26, 2018
After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.
Original strike reports
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.”