A local monitor reported the deaths of four named civilians after their home in Dakkat Barka was shelled by an unknown source.
Mosul Ateka reported “The death of Mus’ab Talal al-Qasab (the son of Mukhtar Daga Baraka), his son, his sister and his sister’s daughter. Their bodies are still under the rubble, while the rest of the family is still in the house. They are seriously injured. They appeal to the honorable authorities to speed up their ambulance after the shelling of their house in Daka Baraka area.”
No additional details are presently known.
In April 2019 the Coalition announced that it had classed this allegation of civilian harm as non-credible, noting: “After review of all available strike records it was determined that more likely than not civilian casualties did not occur as a result of a Coalition strike.”
This allegation had previously been closed by the Coalition in March 2018, however it was reopened due to new information, before being closed again in April 2019.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
- Mus’ab Talal al-Qasab Adult male son of Mukhtar Daga Baraka killed
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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
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
July 3, 2017, near Dakat Barka, Mosul, Iraq, via Airwars report (previously closed, but the CIVCAS cell reopened it due to new information). After review of all available strike records it was determined that more likely than not civilian casualties did not occur as a result of a Coalition strike.
Original strike reports
For July 2nd-July 3rd the Coalition reported that “Near Mosul, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed 15 fighting positions, seven medium machine guns, and a heavy machine gun; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit and a mortar team.”