It was reported that the entire Al-Haj Nizar Al-Hallaq family – up to eight people – was killed after an airstrike hit their house near al-Nahda school in the Rifai neighbourhood of West Mosul.
One of the victims was reported by Sawalef Maslaweya as Nizar Mahdi (Abu Muhammad), who used to be a barber. His wife, son Mohammed Nizar Mahdi and daughter in law were also killed (see photos below).
While Iraqi Spring blamed the Coalition, Yaqein reported that both the Coalition and the Iraqi government carried out raids in West Mosul that day.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
Family members (2)
Sources (6) [ collapse]
from sources (4) [ collapse]
Attached to this civilian harm incident is a provisional reconciliation of the Pentagon's declassified assessment of this civilian harm allegation, based on matching date and locational information.
The declassified documents were obtained by Azmat Khan and the New York Times through Freedom of Information requests and lawsuits filed since March 2017, and are included 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
Aug 4, 2017
After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that there is insufficient evidence to find that civilians were harmed in this strike.
Original strike reports
For April 4th-5th the Coalition publicly reported: “Near Mosul, seven strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units; destroyed two mortar systems, two command and control nodes, a supply cache, and a fighting position; damaged nine supply routes and a bridge; and suppressed 10 ISIS mortar teams and two ISIS tactical units.”