Coalition raids in the vicinity of ground fighting left at least 2 civilians dead, according to local sources.
Initial reports from ISIS-controlled Al A’amaq Agency blamed the Coalition for the deaths of two civilians. Subsequent reporting echoed that account (they may have been based on Al A’amaq);Al Jarnia and several other outlets named the two civilians as Abd al Ghani Al Sahoud and Moussa al Zagheer. They also noted that the town was the cite of shelling by Kurdish militias as well as coalition strikes.
Shaam News Network also cited Coalition raids and said that “a number” of civilians were also wounded. The Syrian Network said the Coalition was responsible.
Step News agency reported that the Coalition targeted Al Jarnia with 3 raids “which centered on IS positions and cars in the city center killing two civilians and wounded several others.” It noted that ISIL had clashed with the Kurdish led Syrian Democratic Forces in the area.
However, a subsequent Smart News report put the toll of Coalition strikes in Jarnia at four civilians and a further five wounded.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
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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
Aug 4, 2017
After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area of the reported civilian casualties.
Original strike reports
For October 23rd-24th, the Coalition reported “Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes engaged two ISIL supply routes and destroyed an oil pump jack.” For October 24th-25th, the Coalition reported no strikes in the vicinity.