Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CI368

Incident date

December 11, 2016

Location

حي الفلاح, Mosul, Falah, Nineveh, Iraq

Geolocation

36.39229, 43.17916 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Within 100m (via Coalition) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Within 100m (via Coalition)

Airwars assessment

Eight to eleven civilians – including five children and 8 members of the same family – were killed by Coalition strikes in Mosul, according to local sources.

According to Iraqi Spring, eight civilians from one family, including four children and two women were killed in Coalition airstrikes in the Al-Falah neighbourhood of eastern Mosul.

Several outlets, including Nineveh Media Center, identified 12 victims by names.

The Los Angeles Times interviewed the strike’s sole survivors: Mohammed Mumtaz, 30, and his 8-year-old son, Yaman. Mumtaz said he was not contacted by the coalition, and did not expect compensation. Nothing can compensate for my loss, said Mumtaz, a pharmacist who lost his wife, parents, two brothers, sister-in-law and two nephews.

In an emailed response to a report submitted by Airwars on this and other incidents in December 2016, Coalition officials requested additional information concerning the alleged event.

On April 30th 2017 the Coalition accepted responsibility for eight deaths, noting: Dec. 11, 2016, near Mosul, Iraq, via NGO report: During a strike on ISIS fighters firing on Coalition and partnered forces, it was assessed that the strike impacted an ISIS weapons cache that set off secondary explosions that set an adjacent building on fire killing eight civilians in the building.

In July 2019, the Coalition provided Airwars with the location of this incident, accurate to within a 100 metre box.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Haj Mumtaz Abdullah Majid Adult male killed
  • the Wife of Haj Mumtaz Abdullah Majid Adult female killed

Family members (4)

  • Ammar Mumtaz Abdullah Adult male killed
  • Lina Hisham AlAnnaz Adult female killed
  • Ahmed Ammar Mumtaz Abdullah Child male killed
  • Abdul Rahman Ammar Mumtaz Abdullah Child male killed

Family members (4)

  • Ashraf Badran Adult male killed
  • Walied Child male killed

Summary

  • Civilians harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    8 – 12
  • (5 children3 women4 men)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Confirmed
    A specific belligerent has accepted responsibility for civilian harm.
  • Known attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (11) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • A separate photo of the child (Ghani) who was killed with her family following an alleged airstrike on Falah, Mosul (via Mosul Habebti)
  • A tweet contains images of the family members who were killed following the coalition strike on Falah, Mosul (Via Ali Omer @ali3omar)
  • A separate new photo of the child (Ghani) who was killed with her family following an alleged airstrike on Falah, Mosul (via Mosul Habebti)
  • A picture of Walied, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Falah, Mosul (via Ammar Albozenee)
  • A picture of Ashraf Badran, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Falah, Mosul (via Mosul Ateka)

Geolocation notes

Prior to the Coalition releasing the MGRS for this incident, Airwars had geolocated it to the nearest neighbourhood/area at 36.383778, 43.177611

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Known belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Credible
    The investigation assessed that although all feasible precautions were taken and the decision to strike complied with the law of armed conflict, unintended civilian casualties regrettably occurred.
  • Given reason for civilian harm
    Killed by secondary explosion(s), Killed in adjacent structure
    Airwars’ assessment of belligerent’s civilian casualty statement
  • Initial Airwars grading
    Confirmed
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    8
  • Stated location
    near Mosul, Iraq
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    100 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    38SLF367290
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Apr 30, 2017
  • Dec. 11, 2016, near Mosul, Iraq, via NGO report: During a strike on ISIS fighters firing on Coalition and partnered forces, it was assessed that the strike impacted an ISIS weapons cache that set off secondary explosions that set an adjacent building on fire killing eight civilians in the building.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For December 10th-11th, the Coalition reported “Near Mosul, four strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed seven front-end loaders, three fighting positions, two ISIL-held buildings, two tractor trailer trucks, a vehicle, a land bridge, and three tunnels; damaged six tunnels; and disabled two bridges.”

Summary

  • Civilians harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    8 – 12
  • (5 children3 women4 men)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Confirmed
    A specific belligerent has accepted responsibility for civilian harm.
  • Known attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (11) [ collapse]