In January 2017 the Coalition issued a statement denying responsibility for alleged civilian casualties in Mosul six weeks earlier.
Nov. 15, 2016, near Mosul, Iraq: After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that no civilians were harmed in this strike, the Coalition noted.
A senior official later informed Airwars that the alleged incident had come to light as a result of internal reporting. Coordinates provided by the Coalition showed that the target that day was an electrical substation northwest of Mosul, and west of Tall Kayf.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
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Attached to this civilian harm incident is the Pentagon's declassified assessment of this civilian harm allegation, obtained by Azmat Khan and the New York Times through Freedom of Information requests and lawsuits filed since March 2017, alongside the corresponding press release published by the Pentagon. Airwars is currently analysing the contents of each file, and will update our own assessments accordingly.
US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
Jan 2, 2017
After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that no civilians were harmed in this strike.
Original strike reports
For November 14th-15th, the Coalition reported “Near Mosul, six strikes [1 British] engaged three ISIL tactical units and a staging area; destroyed five storage containers, five mortar systems, two vehicles, a VBIED, and a weapons cache; damaged five tunnels; and suppressed two ISIL tactical units.”