Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CI236

Incident date

May 5, 2016

Location

تل عفر, Tall Afar, Nineveh, Iraq

Geolocation

36.375659, 42.451536 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Many local sources claimed that Coalition aircraft struck civilian homes in a nighttime attack on Tal Afar city west of Mosul, resulting in 17 deaths including 12 children and 3 women.

The Coalition has confirmed airstrikes in the city.

Later local source named one of the child victims.

In the first of their March 2020 civilian casualty reports, 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.

  • Mohand Child male (via @Afar.tribes.Champions) killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    17
  • (12 children3 women2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Rescuers search for survivors of a lethal alleged Coalition strike at Tal Afar, May 5th 2016 (via NRN News)
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    An image shows the children bodies on the floor that killed in an alleged coalition strike at Tal Afar, May 5th 2016 (via NRN)
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    An image shows a little boy who was killed by an alleged coalition strike at Tal Afar, May 5th 2016 (via NRN)
  • An image shows an injured little girl who survived from an alleged coalition strike at Tal Afar, May 5th 2016 (via NRN)
  • An image shows an injured child who survived from an alleged coalition strike at Tal Afar, May 5th 2016 (via NRN)
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    An image shows the children bodies on the floor that killed in an alleged coalition strike at Tal Afar, May 5th 2016 (via NRN)
  • A picture of the victim named (Mohand) who killed in an alleged coalition strike at Tal Afar, May 5th 2016 (via @Afar.tribes.Champions)

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
    38SKF713286
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Mar 25, 2020
  • May 5, 2016 in Tall Afar, 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. 2948/CI236 38SKF713286

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

The Coalition reports for May 4th-5th 2016 that “Near Tal Afar, one strike struck an ISIL weapons facility.“

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    17
  • (12 children3 women2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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

Sources (8) [ collapse]