Two civilians from the same family were reported killed by an unknown rocket and “random bombing”, according to local sources.
Sawlf Ateka reported the dead civilians as Mishan Mohammad Qasim al-Hiyawi and his grandson Hashim Firas. Other sources identified the two as victims but did not clarify who was responsible.
In February 2019, the Coalition assessed this event to be non-credible. Their report noted: “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.”
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
Family members (2)
Sources (3) [ collapse]
Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]
All local reports mention the central neighbourhood of (دكة بركة) Dakat Baraka, which appears to be inside the larger neighbourhood of (الفاروق) Farouk. The generic coordinates for (دكة بركة) Dakat Baraka are: 36.344722 43.121111
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
June 14, 2017, near Dakat Barak, Syria via Airwars report. The report contains insufficient information of the time, location and details to assess its credibility.
June 14, 2017, near Dakat Barka, Mosul, Iraq, via Airwars report (previously closed, but the CIVCAS cell reopened it due to new information). 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 13th-14th the Coalition publicly stated: “Near Mosul, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit, destroyed a fighting position and a command and control node, and suppressed and ISIS tactical unit.”