Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CI090

Incident date

August 6, 2015

Location

الرطبة, Ar Rutbah, Anbar, Iraq

Geolocation

33.036997, 40.284076 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

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.

Iraqi Revolution also published several photographs of the aftermath of the event, including survivors receiving medical treatment.

In its monthly civilian casualty assessment for October 2019 – published on December 5th of that year – the US-led Coalition assessed this event to be ‘non credible’, noting: “August 6, 2015, in Ar Rutbah, Iraq, via Airwars report. After a review of all available records it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties. 2788/CI090 37SFS199561”.

The Coalition also provided coordinates showing the area it had assessed, accurate to within 100 metres.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Yaseen Al-Hiti Adult male killed
  • Jamal Raheem Uda Al-Kubeisi Age unknown male killed
  • Zia Adult female Wife of Yaseen Al-Hiti killed
  • Zia Child female Daughter of Yaseen Al-Hiti killed

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 5
  • (1–2 children1 woman1–2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    8–10
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition
  • Suspected target
    ISIS

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Media
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    An infant reportedly 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)
  • Scene of alleged Coalition strike at Ar Rutbah, Iraq (August 6 2015 (via Iraqi Spring)
  • Aftermath of the attack (via Iraqi Revolution)
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    One of the alleged victims (via Iraqi Revolution)
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    One of the alleged victims (via Iraqi Revolution)
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    One of the alleged victims (via Iraqi Revolution)

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Non credible / Unsubstantiated
    Insufficient information to assess that, more likely than not, a Coalition strike resulted in civilian casualties.
  • Reason for non-credible assessment
    No Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    None
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    None
  • Stated location
    in Ar Rutbah, Iraq
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    100 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SFS199561
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Dec 5, 2019
  • August 6, 2015, in Ar Rutbah, Iraq, via Airwars report. After a review of all available records it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties. 2788/CI090 37SFS199561

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

No Coalition strikes publicly reported at Ar Rutbah for August 5th-7th 2015.

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 5
  • (1–2 children1 woman1–2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    8–10
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition
  • Suspected target
    ISIS

Sources (8) [ collapse]