According to the Union of Hassakah Youth, an adult male non-combatant named as Ammar Al Khayran was killed in a Coalition strke on Raqqah. According to the group, the victim “came from Mabrouka in the western countryside of Rass Al Ain.” Other sites also reported his death, which was additionally claimed for both January 17th and January 19th.
According to Ara News, in an evening strike the international Coalition targeted “three locations near Raqqa city with a drone, which led to the destruction of a tactical unit belonging to Daesh.” Citing Raqaa is Being Slaughtered, the article also reported that there had not as yet been any reports of civilian casualties from the event.
In their February 2020 civilian casualty report, 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.
- Ammar Al Khayran Age unknown male 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
Feb 2, 2020
Jan. 18, 2016, in Raqqah, 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. 2901/CS166 37SEV008784
Original strike reports
The Coalition reports for January 17th-18th 2016 that “Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes [1 British] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL underground facility.”