Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CI208

Incident date

March 26, 2016

Location

الموصل‎, Mosul, Nineveh, Iraq

Geolocation

36.34585235, 43.09857692 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

Eight civilians were reported killed after missiles of unknown origin struck the Al Noor quarter and Aisha mosque in western Mosul.

NRN News published a detailed report: “Our Nineveh correspondent reports that four men, two women and two children were killed after the fall of a number of missiles on the neighbourhood of Al Noor to the west side of the city of Mosul.

One rocket landed on the Aisha mosque, injuring a number of civilians; while another landed on a house killing one person and injuring several others.

Our correspondent also said that one rocket landed on a vegetable stand, killing the shop owner and a woman who was shopping for vegetables. One of the rockets hit a house near the Tahir Zanawh mosque, killing a woman and her two young children, while another missile hit the adjacent neighbourhood killing one person and wounding several others.

Our correspondent said that the rockets which landed were about 30 to 40 centimetres long with a diameter of 10 centimetres, noting that according to witnesses they were believed to have come from the eastern side of the city.

Yaqen said airstrikes by both Iraq and the Coalition had targeted the city, along with heavy artillery shelling by the Peshmerga.

Later the victim names of the family members have been published.

In their February 2020 civilian casualty report, the US-led Coalition assessed reports that they were responsible for civilian harm in this strike as “non-credible”, stating that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area at that time.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    8
  • (2 children2 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    6
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Iraq government forces

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

  • Damaged vehicles following a rocket strike on west Mosul, March 26th (via NRN News)
  • An image of the victim (Ahmed) who was killed after the rocket strike on west Mosul, March 26th (via Mohammed Al . Majouli FB page).
  • An image of the victim (Suod Nemat) who was killed by a rocket strike on west Mosul, March 26th (via NRN News).
  • An image reveals the destruction that followed a rocket strike on a civilian house in west Mosul, March 26th (via NRN News).
  • An image shows the two children who were killed by a rocket strike on west Mosul, March 26th (via NRN News).
  • An image reveals the damage of a vehicle that followed a rocket strike on west Mosulm March 26th (via NRN News).
  • A Picture reveals the destruction that followed a rocket strike targeting a civilian house in west Mosul, March 26th (via NRN News).

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
  • MGRS coordinate
    38SLF293239
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Feb 2, 2020
  • March 26, 2016, in Mosul, 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. 2916/CI208 38SLF293239

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For March 26th-27th 2016, the Coalition reported that “Near Mosul, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun position, an ISIL anti-air artillery piece and two ISIL fighting positions and suppressed an ISIL mortar position and two ISIL tactical units”

Iraq government forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Iraq government forces
  • Iraq government forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    8
  • (2 children2 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    6
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Iraq government forces

Sources (6) [ collapse]