There were reports that two civilians were killed and two injured by airstrikes in Al Mikhisa village, east of the Abu Sayda district. Local sources told Airwars that two of the deceased civilians may have been farmers.
All reports mentioned that airstrikes targeted the “orchards” or “the farms” in the village. None however provided any information on the culprit.
According to Alebaa TV, the head of the security committee in the Abu Saida district council stated instead that four “criminal elements” from Fallujah had been killed and wounded by “an intensive aerial bombardment” in the eastern part of the area.
Al Bawabh News later quoted the same head of the security committee who stated that “the so-called military prince of the Daesh organization in the Waqf basin was killed from wounds” that were a result of an air raid “near the orchards of Al-Mukhisa”.
The US-led Coalition later denied responsibility for any civilian harm, noting in October 2018 that “The [Airwars] report contains insufficient information of the time, location and details to assess its credibility.”
The local time of the incident is unknown.
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US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
Oct 28, 2018
February 7, 2018, near al-Mikhaisa, Diyala, Iraq, via Airwars. The report contains insufficient information of the time, location and details to assess its credibility.
Original strike reports
For February 7th, the Coalition reported: “On Feb. 7 in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of three engagements against ISIS targets. Near Taji, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit."
For February 7th-13th, the Netherlands report its F16s attacked ISIS fighters and a logistic storage facility near Abu Kamal, Deir Ezzor. Jets supported ground troops in 8 missions, including in the Al Anbar province, Iraq. Weapons deployed in two missions.
‘Weekoverzicht Defensieoperaties Nieuwsbericht | 14-02-2018 | 12:00 Nederlandse F-16’s vielen ter ondersteuning van grondtroepen ISIS-strijders en een logistieke opslagplaats aan. Dat gebeurde in de omgeving van Abu Kamal in de provincie Deir Al Zour in Oost-Syrië. Een overzicht van Defensieoperaties in de week van 7 tot en met 13 februari 2018. De jachtvliegtuigen hielpen de grondtroepen, ook boven de Iraakse provincie Al-Anbar, tijdens 8 missies. Bij 2 werden wapens ingezet. Nederland strijdt boven Irak en Oost-Syrië in coalitieverband tegen terreurorganisatie ISIS.’