Local residents and press sources said that seven civilians were killed and seven injured after alleged Coalition airstrikes targeted Cairo neighbourhood in Ana, in the west of Anbar province. While Iraqi Spring blamed the Coalition, the other two sources also mentioned the Iraqi forces.
Yaqein reported that “Seven civilians were killed and seven others were injured on Monday night when a government and international bombardment targeted a residential neighborhood in western Anbar province, the cities of which are under daily bombardment, resulting in civilian deaths and injuries and the destruction of homes and infrastructure.” It spoke of “intense aerial bombardment” on the district of Cairo in the city of Ana.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
Sources (3) [ collapse]
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
Nov 30, 2017
After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.
Original strike reports
For March 19th-20th the Coalition did not publicly report strikes in Anbar province.