Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CI224

Incident date

April 11, 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

According to Iraq Oil Report, at least 10 civilians died, and 20 were injured following Coalition airstrikes on Daesh bases around Mosul.

Citing local sources, it noted: “On April 11, coalition air strikes also took out IS bases in Sawas in the south, Sukar on the east and the Filastin (Palestine) area on the west sides of Mosul. But in striking targets in these residential neighbourhoods, the coalition also killed at least 10 civilians and wounded at least 20 more in total, according to two eyewitnesses at the scene of each strike who reported the bodies they saw.”

Prompted by Iraq Oil Report, the Coalition said it was reviewing the claims: “When asked to comment on these incidents, [chief Coalition spokesman Colonel Steve] Warren said the coalition conducted airstrikes ‘near Mosul’ on April 7 and 11, but did not confirm the particulars of the strikes.

‘We have not received previous allegations of civilian casualties in the area. Now that we have received this allegation, as with any allegation we receive, we will review any information we have about the incident, including information provided by third parties, such as the proximity of the location to CJTF airstrikes, and any other relevant information presented,’ Warren said, saying the coalition encourages reporting of civilian casualty allegations. ‘If the information supporting the allegation is determined to be credible, we will then determine the next appropriate step. We take all feasible measures during the targeting process to avoid or minimise civilian casualties or collateral damage and to comply with the principles of the Law of Armed Conflict,’ Warren said.”

Responding to a request for clarification about possible involvement given declared the UK strikes near Mosul and Qayyarah that day, the MoD told Airwars that “after extensive research, we can confirm that there was no UK involvement” in the alleged event.

In the first of their March 2020 civilian casualty reports, the US-led Coalition assessed reports that they were responsible for civilian harm in these strikes 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.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    10
  • Civilians reported injured
    20
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (1) [ collapse]

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
    38SLF357287/38SLF374198/38SLF310208
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Mar 25, 2020
  • Mar 25, 2020
  • Mar 25, 2020
  • April 11, 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. 2938/CI224 38SLF357287

  • April 11, 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. 2939/CI224 38SLF374198

  • April 11, 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. 2940/CI224 38SLF310208

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

The Coalition reports that for April 10th-11th 2016 “Near Mosul, four strikes [3 British] struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed seven ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL supply cache, and an ISIL rocket rail.”

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    10
  • Civilians reported injured
    20
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (1) [ collapse]