Two or three civilians were killed in alleged US airstrikes close to Al-Fadghami village near Hasaka City.
Yusuf Ali al-Shawoush (12 years) and Hassan Ali al-Hamoud (55 years), and one unidentified person, were reportedly shepherds who were herding their flock when the airstrikes hit. According to local sources around 130 sheep were also killed in the event.
A correspondent with Al-Khabour “said that the international coalition aircraft launched an air raid on the villages, targeting three missiles… which resulted in the deaths of the shepherds.” All sources held the US-led Coalition responsible for the attacks.
The alliance itself publicly declared no strikes in the governorate for this date.
In the second of their September 2020 civilian casualty reports, the US-led Coalition assessed reports that they were responsible for civilian harm in this strike as “non-credible”, stating that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area at that time.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
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Reports of the incident mention the outskirts of the village of Al Fadghami (الفدغمي). The generic coordinates for the village are: 35.905, 40.887778.
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
Sep 9, 2020
Aug. 27 [later corrected to Aug 25th] , 2017, in Al-Fadghami, Syria, via Airwars report. After a review of all available records it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties. 1251/CS1417 37SFV703750
Original strike reports
For August 25th-26th the Coalition publicly reported no strikes in the vicinity.