Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS167

Incident date

January 22, 2016

Location

الرقة‎, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.9505639, 39.0094148 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

There were claims by some of a wedding convoy hit in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Raqqa on the evening of January 22nd. Al Jazeera instead said that “an unmanned drone targeted a car belonging to IS near Bab Baghadad east of the town.”

The event, which took place in the Baghdad Bab neighbouorhood of the city, was alleged by some to have killed 25 or more people “including women and children.” However these casualty claims may relate to Russian airstrikes which also reportedly hit the city that day.

So-called Islamic State – which issued what it said was a post-strike video – was quick to accuse the US of responsibility for the attack on a “wedding convoy”.

However the Coalition did not publily declare any strikes on the city that evening. Responding to Airwars, a CJTF-OIR spokesperson stated: “As per the daily strike release on Jan. 23, there were no strikes conducted near Raqqah on Jan. 22.”

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    25
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • A vehicle said to have been part of a wedding convoy, bombed in alleged Copalition strike on Ar Raqqa January 22nd 2016 (via Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently)

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

The Coalition did not publicly report any strikes in Raqaa for January 22nd-23rd 2016, later confirming to Airwars this was the case.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    25
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (4) [ collapse]