In an event previously not tracked by Airwars, the Coalition later confirmed the deaths of two civilians and the injury of another near Marishidah, Syria. This was later declared to be a US-only civilian harm event.
In its July 2019 monthly civilian casualty report, the Coalition noted the following: “Coalition aircraft conducted an airstrike against Daesh terrorists. Regrettably, two civilians were unintentionally killed and another unintentionally wounded due to the proximity of the strike.”
The Coalition provided Airwars with the location of this incident, accurate to within a 100 metre box. Airwars researchers could not find any public records of reported civilian harm in the area that day.
On May 6th 2020 in its annual report to Congress, the Pentagon identified this as a US-only civilian harm event.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
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In July 2019 the Coalition provided Airwars with the MGRS for this incident, accurate to within 100m – 37SFU766185
US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
Jul 26, 2019
Jan. 5, 2019, near Marishidah, Syria, via self-report. Coalition aircraft conducted an airstrike against Daesh terrorists. Regrettably, two civilians were unintentionally killed and another unintentionally wounded due to the proximity of the strike.
May 6, 2020
As of March 1, 2020, CJTF-OIR assessed that 11 reports of civilian casualties during 2019 were credible, with approximately 22 civilians killed and approximately 13 civilians injured as a result of U.S. military operations. The following table contains additional details about each instance during 2019 that was assessed to have resulted in civilian casualties. 5-Jan-19 Marishidah, Syria Air 1 civilian injured 2 civilians killed
Original strike reports
Between Dec. 30, 2018 and Jan. 12, 2019, CJTF-OIR conducted 575 strikes consisting of 1,147 engagements in
Syria, and conducted 13 strikes consisting of 19 engagements in Iraq.
In Syria, 575 strikes engaged 485 ISIS tactical units, and destroyed 308 staging areas, 220 fighting positions, 105 mortar, rocket and artillery systems, 57 supply routes, 50 manufacturing facilities for improvised explosive device and vehicle borne improvised explosive device, 31 command and control nodes, 26 vehicles, 19 weapons caches, 18 mortar launching sites, 18 petroleum oil and lubricant storage facilities, 11 heavy and light weapon systems, eight reservoirs and tankers for petroleum oil and lubricants, eight pieces of heavy equipment, seven vehicle borne improvised explosive devices, six tunnels and caves, four buildings, two unmanned aircraft systems, one weapons facility, one logistics hub and one fuel storage.