Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CI792

Incident date

June 29, 2017

Location

باب لكش, Mosul, Bab Lakash, Nineveh, Iraq

Geolocation

36.33928, 43.13248 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Within 100m (via Coalition) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

A single local source reported that six civilians from the same family died after air strikes hit their house in Bab Lakash, in Old Mosul.

A senior Coalition official informed Airwars on July 5th that “It is primarily Coalition aircraft conducting AIR strikes in Mosul. It has been a number of weeks since the Iraqis flew there.”

In September 2018, the Coalition confirmed that it had killed six non combatants in the incident. Their report noted: “During a strike on ISIS fighting positions, six civilians were unintentionally killed.”

The Coalition provided Airwars with coordinates for this event accurate to within a 100 metre box.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Geolocation notes

Prior to the Coalition releasing the MGRS for this incident, Airwars had geolocated it to the nearest neighbourhood/area at 36.339738, 43.132406

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Confirmed
    A specific belligerent has accepted responsibility for civilian harm.
  • Known attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (2) [ collapse]

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Known belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Credible / Substantiated
    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
    No reason given
    Airwars’ assessment of belligerent’s civilian casualty statement
  • Initial Airwars grading
    Confirmed
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    6
  • Stated location
    near Bab Lakash, Mosul
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    100 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    38SLF324232
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Sep 27, 2018
  • June 29, 2017, near Bab Lakash, Mosul, Iraq, via Airwars report. During a strike on ISIS fighting positions, six civilians were unintentionally killed.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For June 28th-29th the Coaltion publicly reported: “Near Mosul, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed 13 fighting positions, two weapons caches, a mortar system; and suppressed three fighting positions.” It additionally reported that “On June 28, near Mosul, Iraq, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed four fighting positions, three medium machine guns, a supply cache, a mortar system, a staging area, and a heavy machine gun; damaged two fighting positions and two ISIS supply routes; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.”

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Confirmed
    A specific belligerent has accepted responsibility for civilian harm.
  • Known attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (2) [ collapse]