Local sources reported that an elderly man was killed and his son and another woman were severely injured as a result of airstrikes hitting their houses in Anah district, in the west of Anbar province.
According to several Facebook posts, the elderly man was called Hajj Juma al-Abd. He reportedly died when shelling on a house next to his led to the collapse of the room he was in. Iraqi Spring Media Center said that up to five people were killed or wounded.
The head of the Anah district council, Abdul Karim al-Ani, told Alsumaria News (quoted by Western People Facebook group) that “an unknown military aircraft randomly bombed a house in the city of Anah (210 km west of Ramadi), killing a civilian, a senior citizen, and wounding his son and a woman.” Al-Ani called for “an end to the indiscriminate shelling of the city of Anah until the liberation of ISIL is launched, because it does not work for the time being.”
The Facebook page also mentioned that ISIL has controlled the Anah district since mid-2014, has used thousands of civilians as human shields, and has prevented them from leaving the area.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
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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
Jan 25, 2018
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 June 1st-June 2nd, the Coalition reported: “Near Mosul, four strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and a sniper; destroyed 11 fighting positions, four rocket-propelled grenade systems, three medium machine guns, two mortar systems, a heavy machine gun, and a command and control node; damaged 12 ISIS supply routes, four fighting positions; and suppressed a mortar team and a medium machine gun.”