US-led Coalition in Iraq & Syria

Civilians in the ruins of Mosul city. (Maranie R. Staab)

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Incident Code

CS1920

Incident date

May 8, 2019

Location

الشحيل, Al Shahil, Deir Ezzor, Syria

Geolocation

35.0865, 40.45232 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

In a three hour operation between midnight and dawn in the al Katef neighborhood in the city of Al Shahil, at least five people were killed. Most local sources that reported on the incident claimed the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were responsible, with air support from the International Coalition.

According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, five civilians were shot by the SDF with support of International Coalition planes. Zaman Al Wasl claimed six civilians were killed, four of whom from the same family. Deir Ezzor 24 states that eight were killed in total in the incident.

Deir Ezzor 24 reported that Haji Khleif Al-Abdullah Al-Othman was killed by a bullet from a helicopter after he came out to know why it was hovering over his house.

“After hearing sounds of helicopters and cars outside his house, Haji Abu Awwad came out to investigate what these sounds were, and once he got out of his door, he was shot by a bullet from the helicopter that was covering the operation, after hearing his cry, his son Muhammad came out to see what happened to his father, and he was also shot down over his father, then Ahmed, Muhammad’s brother and Haji Khleif’s son, joined them after taking a bullet ended his life. The two brothers and their father died in minutes, but they lost their lives without even knowing why they were killed.”

According to a single source, Syria.liveuamap, the victims were not civilians but members of ISIS. The source claimed that a total of six ISIS members were killed when the Coalition carried out a landing operation in support of SDF who was driving armored vehicles. @DeirEzzor24 claimed that SDF drove a total of 10 vehicles, while Manaret Al Furat claimed a total of 15 vehicles, which he described as Hummer vehicles. He added that “Coalition forces raided and besieged the house of Ahmad al-Faraj al-A’sman in Hawi al-Shahil through air and infantry forces and about 15 Hummer vehicles, using loudspeakers to ask the residents of the house to surrender amid reports of casualties.”

Both Hajeen Magazine and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll higher and claimed a total of eight civilian fatalities. Both sources reported that seven civilians were killed in the raid on Al Shahil, while another civilian was killed by SDF in a demonstration in the town a later time.

SANA, a source affiliated to the Syrian regime, was the only source that claimed that the attack was not carried out by SDF but by Qasad militias supported by US-helicopters. According to the source, “Qasad militia backed by US helicopters at dawn besieged al-Katef neighborhood in Shahil town for more than two hours, and then stormed into the neighborhood with heavy and random shooting, claiming the lives of six civilians, injuring others, and arresting a number of the locals.”

Syria News and several other sources reported that a total of two civilians were arrested. Zaman Wasl identified the two detainees as Hussein Allawi and Mahid As’ad Asman.

Pro-SDF source C.M. Deir Ezzor reported that SDF indeed carried out a successful operation and arrested Abu Bara al-Diri, “who financed the terrorist cells of Da’ash and was responsible for purchasing weapons and explosives in order to destabilize the region.” The source claimed that in a shooting, two “terrorists” were injured. The source added that SDF secured medical assistance to keep them alive.

Deir Ezzor 24 however, claimed that “two of the dead, who the SDF claimed to be Daesh cells, had nothing to do with the organization, but were elements of the SDF” and that their sources “confirmed that the rest of the victims were civilians and were not involved in any security or military activity”. Deir Ezzor 24 posted pictures of the victims Muhammad and Ahmed Khleif al-Asman in military uniforms of the SDF to corroborate the claim.

On May 18th, representatives of the Coalition and the SDF held a meeting with tribal figures and the families of the victims of both the Al Shalil operation, and an incident in Daman, Deir Ezzor 24 reports. According to this source, the families called upon the Coalition to provide evidence that their sons were connected to Daesh, questioning the credibility of this claim.

Deir Ezzor 24 said: “The victims’ families stressed that what took place in Ash-Shahil and Daman was a mistake, so the international coalition and the SDF have to admit that their information was inaccurate and erroneous.” In response, Deir Ezzor claims, the Coalition and the SDF representatives made a distinction between the two incidents, stating that in the case of Al Shahil the victims “had resisted the international coalition forces during the operation.”

The families of the victims contended that the evidence provided by the Coalition was not correct, and called for the “perpetrators be brought to justice and held accountable.” According to Deir Ezzor 24, “some of the tribal figures withdrew from the meeting, as they were not satisfied with the evidence provided, while some Sheikhs took the responsibility of completing the communication with the Coalition” regarding the two incidents.

The UN Commission of Inquiry cited the case in its September 2019 report, noting: “On 8 May, at approximately 1.00 a.m., a night raid by SDF, supported by international coalition air power, was conducted in the Al-Katif neighbourhood of Shahil, under SDF control. Reports received by the Commission described how, despite warnings given through loudspeakers, three men left their homes and were subsequently shot. Reportedly, this led to an exchange of fire when enraged residents of the town began to engage with SDF. The operation, which killed six men and injured another, infuriated residents and sparked major protests the following day, resulting in the accidental killing of a man when SDF fighters fired warning shots in the air near a checkpoint.”

The incident occured between 12:00 am and 6:00 am local time.

  • Mohammed Al-Khalifa Al-Abdullah Al-A’sman Adult male killed
  • Ahmed Al-Khalifa Al-Abdullah Al-A’sman Adult male killed
  • Khaleef Al-Abdullah Al-A’sman Adult male killed
  • Hail Al Saleh Al Faraj Adult killed
  • Hamid Al-Alawi Al-A’sman Adult male killed
  • Asaad Al Nawaf Al Farhan Age unknown male killed
  • Ahmed Al-Ahmed Al-Awad Mohammed Al Farhan Adult male killed
  • Hamid al-Assaad al-Asman Adult male injured

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    6 – 8
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition

Sources (30) [ collapse]

Media
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    Bodies of the victims who were alleged killed by SDF forces with air support from the International Coalition on May 8th (via Deir Ezzor 24).
  • Photo's of the victims who were alleged killed by SDF forces with air support from the International Coalition on May 8th (via @DeirEzzor24).
  • Abu Bara al-Diri was allegedly arrested for financing ISIS and was responsible for purchasing weapons and explosives (via C.M. Deir Ezzor).
  • Demonstrations against SDF in Al-Shahil in Deir al-Zour, after at least six civilians were alleged killed by the organization on May 8th (via @ANews_Arabic).
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    Victims of the alleged attack by the SDF and US-led Coalition in Al Shahil on May 8th (via @ahhrrar123).
  • Ahmed Asaad al-Farhan, alleged killed in an attack believed to have been carried out by SDF and the US-led Coalition on Al-Shahil on May 8th (via Euphrates Post).
  • Hamid al-Assaad al-Asman who was wounded in the alleged attack by SDF and US-led Coalition on Al-Shahil on May 8th (via @DeirEzzor24).
  • One of the victims in SDF uniform, allegedly killed by SDF on May 8th (via Deir Ezzor 24).
  • One of the victims in SDF uniform, allegedly killed by SDF on May 8th (via Deir Ezzor 24).
  • Haji Khleif Al-Abdullah Al-Othman, allegedly killed by a bullet from a helicopter after he came out to know why it was hovering over his house on May 8th (via Deir Ezzor 24).

US-led Coalition Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

Awaiting Coalition report.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    6 – 8
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition

Sources (30) [ collapse]

Incident Code

CS1919

Incident date

April 24–25, 2019

Location

ماشخ أو الضمان, Al Daman or Mashikh village, Deir Ezzor, Syria

Geolocation

35.2333162, 40.5419164 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Local sources reported that at least four civilians from the same family were killed in a joint operation by the Syrian Democratic Forces with air support from Coalition fighter jets around 1 am between April 24th and 25th. Baladi claimed that Coalition helicopters participated in the raid.

While most sources, including an eyewitness and the UN, reported that the incident occurred in Al Daman village, others including local monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed the incident occurred in Al Mashikh village.

In August 2019 the Coalition announced that it had assessed this allegation of civilian harm to be non-credible. Their monthly civilian casualty report noted “After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.”

Step News added that “the Coalition forces at midnight carried out a raid on the house of Farhan Mazhour al-Sarhan in the village of Mashekh near the city of Al Bassira supported by the ground force of the militia of SDF and opened fire on the house, killing Farhan Mazhour Al Sarhan and two his sons and the wife of his son (who was pregnant), knowing that the man and his sons are civilians.”

According to Deir Ezzor 24, the Coalition carried out a landing operation with SDF and shot and killed a total of six family members, including a child and two women. Deir Ezzor 24 managed to speak to one of the victim’s relatives who witnessed the event.

“On Friday, 26-4-2019, at about 1 p.m., we woke up to the sound of helicopters over our houses accompanied by the sound of armored vehicles in front of the houses, we did not know what was going on, we were so terrified.”

The witness continued:

“The house they were seeking was Farhan Al-Madhoor’s, as an armed group of the SDF raided it, getting the whole family outside the house and then an element of the group shouted at the family saying: the one who is called “Adham Al-Madhoor” shall move towards us slowly raising his hands high into the air, and immediately the youth Adham did what he was told. He moved, raising his hands up in the air, towards the group that were taking the shooters’ stance, and after he walked several steps, the SDF elements shot him dead, when Adham’s father saw his son falling down, he ran toward him and was shot by the SDF before reaching him. The father and the son were killed in cold blood in front of their family. Muhammad, Adham’s brother, took his eight months pregnant wife and tried to escape after he saw the fate of his father and brother, but he ran only a few steps before the group opened fire on him and his wife killing them.””

The source added that the reasons for “the landing are still unknown” and that “D24 network was not able to determine whether the landing had affected a cell or elements of Daesh in Daman village.” It went on to note, however, that “international coalition forces and the SDF have recently carried out several landings in Deir Ezzor countryside.”

Deir Ezzor 24 added in a later post that on May 18th, the international coalition held an extended meeting with the families of the victims of two “massacres”; in Ash-Shahil and Daman. The source reported that the meeting took place in Al-Omar oilfield.

“Sources from within the meeting confirmed that the families of the victims of Ash-Shahil and Daman massacre called on the international coalition to provide evidence that their sons were in contact or cooperation with Daesh in Deir Ezzor countryside.

The sources added that the evidence of the coalition and the SDF was not convincing and does not indicate any links between the victims and Daesh.

The sources noted that the SDF tried to calm the atmosphere, and said that they will restore the right of all those killed by mistake in the landing operations, but the victims’ families demanded the handing over of the persons who killed the civilians in Daman town north of Deir Ezzor.

The victims’ families stressed that what took place in Ash-Shahil and Daman was a mistake, so the international coalition and the SDF have to admit that their information was inaccurate and erroneous.

The international coalition and the SDF, in turn, made a distinction between the two massacres as part of the discussion in the meeting, they accused the victims of Ash-Shahil that they had resisted the international coalition forces during the operation, which resulted in eight deaths, while the coalition confirmed that what happened in Daman village did not witness any resistance from the people.

The victims’ families responded in different way to these accusations that the evidence, presented against the victims to be raided, was not correct, and demanded that the perpetrators be brought to justice and held accountable.

The meeting was attended by the commander of the international coalition forces in the eastern region, military figures in the SDF and tribal figures including Sheikh Jamil al-Hafel.

The sources confirmed that some of the tribal figures withdrew from the meeting, as they were not satisfied with the evidence provided, and that some Sheikhs took the responsibility of completing the communication with the Coalition about the two massacres of Daman and Ash-Shahil.”

The UN Commission of Inquiry cited the case in its September 2019 report, noting: “In another incident on 25 April, at approximately 1.00 a.m., interviewees described how two helicopters circling over Al-Daman village warned, using loudspeakers, the inhabitants of the village not to leave their homes, and that non-compliance would cause forces to open fire. Witnesses described how a voice over a loudspeaker ordered the female family members of a certain house to leave it, resulting in two women and two girls leaving the house and being handcuffed. Afterwards, the men from the house were ordered to leave. While the exact unfolding of events is under investigation, three men and one pregnant woman, all reportedly unarmed, were subsequently shot by SDF. The following day, villagers protested against SDF and reportedly burned down SDF checkpoints.”

The incident occured at 1:00 am local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 6
  • (1 child2 women3 men)
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerents
    US-led Coalition, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)

Sources (14) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

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    Photo's of alleged civilians killed in a raid on the village of Al Daman on April 24th (via @DeirEzzor24).

Geolocation notes

These are the coordinates for Al Daman village since most sources claimed that is where the incident took place. However, some other sources claimed that it occurred in Al Mashikh. Al Daman is close and to the northeast of Al Mashikh.

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Non credible
    Insufficient information to assess that, more likely than not, a Coalition strike resulted in civilian casualties.
  • Reason for non-credible assessment
    No Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area
  • Stated location
    near Al Daman, Syria
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    100 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SFV403000
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Aug 29, 2019
  • Apr. 24, 2019, near Al Daman, Syria, via Airwars report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

Awaiting Coalition report.

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)
  • Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 6
  • (1 child2 women3 men)
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerents
    US-led Coalition, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)

Sources (14) [ collapse]

Incident Code

CS1918

Incident date

April 15, 2019

Location

الشعفة, Al Shaafa, Deir Ezzor, Syria

Geolocation

34.57888, 40.93441 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Ali al-Muhammed al-Furaiji and his two wives were killed in the morning of April 15th, when their house was hit by an alleged Coalition airstrike, multiple local sources reported – though there was also a claim that the deaths had been caused by an explosion of an ISIS-planted mine.

@alhasensaleem tweeted that “a whole family” had died, while other sources named the man and his two wives as the victims.

Other sources such as Deir Ezzor 24 said that the house was struck by an unknown explosion.

According to Jisir TV, “local sources said the blast occurred in a house belonging to a civilian, killing his two wives and destroying the house completely, adding that the explosion was believed to be caused by aerial bombardment of coalition fighters, while witnesses said it was caused by a mine left by Daesh.”

In July 2019 the Coalition announced that it had assessed this allegation of civilian harm to be non-credible. Their monthly civilian casualty report noted: “After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.”

The incident occured in the morning.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (2 women1 man)
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    US-led Coalition, Islamic State (ISIS)

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • The house of Ali al-Muhammad al-Furaiji after it was struck by an airstrike between April 14th and 15th (via Euphrates Post).

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Non credible
    Insufficient information to assess that, more likely than not, a Coalition strike resulted in civilian casualties.
  • Reason for non-credible assessment
    No Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area
  • Stated location
    Al Shafah, Syria
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    100 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SFU774280
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Jul 26, 2019
  • Apr. 15, 2019, Al Shafah, Syria, via Airwars report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

Between April 7 - 20, 2019, CJTF-OIR conducted no strikes in Syria.

Islamic State (ISIS) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Islamic State (ISIS)
  • Islamic State (ISIS) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (2 women1 man)
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    US-led Coalition, Islamic State (ISIS)

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Incident Code

CS1917

Incident date

April 13, 2019

Location

الطكيحي, Al Takihi, Deir Ezzor, Syria

Geolocation

35.171318, 40.472238 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Between midnight and 5 am on the morning of April 13th five people were reportedly killed in what was described as a “landing operation” by the US-led Coalition in Al-Takihi village. According to Jisir TV, the operation was carried out by several Apache helicopters and Hummer vehicles. It was, however, unclear who killed the victims (whose combat status was uncertain). Some sources blamed the Coalition, while the Syrian Network for Human Rights said that the victims were shot by the SDF.

Al Masdar reported that “during the raid, the U.S. military came under heavy gunfire from the suspected Islamic State fighters inside the home” but that “eventually, the U.S. military was able to overwhelm them, killing five suspects, including one woman.”

It is unclear at this time whether all the victims were members of ISIS or not. The house reportedly belonged to a member of ISIS, who was hiding inside. Among the victims were two former ISIS members who, according to Deir Ezzor 24, had “defected” several months ago. The two victims were brothers of the house owner, according to local sources.

Two other men and a woman with Iraqi nationality were reported killed as well.  Local news outlets Baladi and Jorf claimed these three were also members of ISIS. Considering that ISIS does not recruit women, she is considered a non-combatant and will therefore be included in the civilian casualty count of Airwars.

Step News added that eight others were wounded.

A number of people were also reported arrested. According to Step News, the father of the two brothers was arrested. Jisir TV added that his other son Ra’ed was arrested as well. According to Al Masdar, however, the “U.S. military” arrested eight of the suspects, who the source reported “of Iraqi and Syrian descent”. The eight arrested people could have been among the eight wounded.

However, the Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that the victims were killed by the SDF. The Network reported: “Five civilians, including a woman, were shot dead by Syrian Democratic forces supported by a helicopter of International Coalition forces in a raid on a house in al Takehi village which is administratively a part of al Bseira city in Deir Ez-Zour governorate eastern suburbs, on April 13.”

The incident occured between 12:00 am and 5:00 am local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 5
  • (1 woman4 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    8
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerents
    US-led Coalition, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)

Sources (9) [ collapse]

US-led Coalition Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

Between April 7 - 20, 2019, CJTF-OIR reported it conducted no strikes in Syria.

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)
  • Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 5
  • (1 woman4 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    8
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerents
    US-led Coalition, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)

Sources (9) [ collapse]

Incident Code

CI878

Incident date

March 24, 2019

Location

الرطبة, Rutba, Anbar, Iraq

Airwars assessment

A girl was reported killed and a man injured when an airstrike was carried on a house in Al-Oudan district, north of Rutba, Anbar province, Iraq. The airstrikes were believed to be carried out by American forces.

The other members of the family were reportedly arrested but the reason remains unknown.

In July 2019 the Coalition announced that it had assessed this allegation of civilian harm to be non-credible. Their July 2019 civilian casualty report noted: “After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition

Sources (3) [ collapse]

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Non credible
    Insufficient information to assess that, more likely than not, a Coalition strike resulted in civilian casualties.
  • Reason for non-credible assessment
    No Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area
  • Stated location
    Al Rutbah, Iraq
    Nearest population center

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Jul 26, 2019
  • Mar. 24, 2019, Al Rutbah, Iraq, via Airwars report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

Between March 24 - April 6, 2019, CJTF-OIR conducted 52 strikes consisting of 98 engagements against Daesh targets in Syria and Iraq...In Iraq, CJTF-OIR conducted 23 strikes consisting of 45 engagements, engaged three Daesh tactical units, and destroyed seven tunnels, four supply routes, two buildings, two caves, one command and control center, and one compound.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Incident Code

CS1915

Incident date

March 15–21, 2019

Location

مخيم الباغوز, Al-Baghouz camp, Deir Ezzor, Syria

Geolocation

34.447579, 40.953426 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Local sources reported that a family of five including three children were killed in alleged Coalition bombing in Al-Baghouz camp days several days before March 20th. The exact date they were killed remains unknown.

Ahmad Abd Al Rzzaq said: “My cousin Louay Abdel Wahab Al-Hamad Al-Ibrahim Al-Abdullah and his wife Nadra Abdul Aziz Al Thabet Al Khudur, and their three sons Khalil, Isra and Yaqoout” were killed – but said that they died in Hajin which would mean they were killed before December 15th 2018.

But all other sources said that the family died at Al Baghouz camp. Ahmad Abd Al Rzzaq noted that the family were refugees from Hajin, though @DeirEzzor24 said that they were from Al Mayadin city.

Airwars can’t confirm any more details at this time.

In July 2019 the Coalition announced that it had assessed this allegation of civilian harm to be non-credible. Their monthly civilian casualty report noted: “The allegation provided insufficient detail to identify a specific date, time, or location to search for corroborating Coalition action.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (5)

  • Louay Abdel Wahab Al-Hamad Al-Ibrahim Al-Abdullah Adult male killed
  • Nadra Abdul Aziz Al Thabet Al Khudur Adult female Wife of Louay Abdel Wahab Al-Hamad Al-Ibrahim Al-Abdullah killed
  • Khalil Child male Son killed
  • Isra Child male Son killed
  • Yaqoout Child male Son killed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (3 children1 woman1 man)
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition

Sources (7) [ collapse]

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Non credible
    Insufficient information to assess that, more likely than not, a Coalition strike resulted in civilian casualties.
  • Reason for non-credible assessment
    Insufficient information on the time and location
  • Stated location
    near Al Baghouz, Syria
    Nearest population center

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Jul 26, 2019
  • Mar. 15, 2019, near Al Baghouz, Syria, via Airwars report. The allegation provided insufficient detail to identify a specific date, time, or location to search for corroborating Coalition action.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

"Between March 10 - 23 2019, CJTF-OIR conducted 250 strikes consisting of 398 engagements against Daesh targets in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, CJTF-OIR conducted 193 strikes consisting of 338 engagements, engaged 346 Daesh tactical units, and destroyed 104 vehicles, 63 supply routes, 39 fighting positions, 31 vehicle borne improvised explosive devices, nine tactical vehicles, six fuel tankers, four weapons caches, two command and control nodes, one tunnel, one tanker for petroleum oil and lubricants, one mortar system, and one checkpoint."

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (3 children1 woman1 man)
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Incident Code

CS1914

Incident date

March 20, 2019

Location

الباغوز, Al Baghouz , Deir Ezzor, Syria

Geolocation

34.4641667, 40.9452778 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Local sources reported the death of the young woman “Alaa Mahmoud Al-Shakran” displaced from the city of Palmyra, as a result of alleged Coalition on the town of Al-Baghouz on March 20th.

According to a post by Revo.palmyra3, this brings the number of fatalities to four civilians displaced from Palmyra including two women and one child in the same week. 

In July 2019 the Coalition announced that it had assessed this allegation of civilian harm to be non-credible. Their monhtly civilian casualty report noted: “The allegation provided insufficient detail to identify a specific date, time, or location to search for corroborating Coalition action.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Alaa Mahmoud Al-Shakran Age unknown female Described as "young" killed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition

Sources (3) [ collapse]

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Non credible
    Insufficient information to assess that, more likely than not, a Coalition strike resulted in civilian casualties.
  • Reason for non-credible assessment
    Insufficient information on the time and location
  • Stated location
    near Al Baghouz, Syria
    Nearest population center

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Jul 26, 2019
  • Mar. 20, 2019, near Al Baghouz, Syria, via Airwars report. The allegation provided insufficient detail to identify a specific date, time, or location to search for corroborating Coalition action.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

Between March 10 - 23, 2019, CJTF-OIR conducted 250 strikes consisting of 398 engagements against Daesh targets in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, CJTF-OIR conducted 193 strikes consisting of 338 engagements, engaged 346 Daesh tactical units, and destroyed 104 vehicles, 63 supply routes, 39 fighting positions, 31 vehicle borne improvised explosive devices, nine tactical vehicles, six fuel tankers, four weapons caches, two command and control nodes, one tunnel, one tanker for petroleum oil and lubricants, one mortar system, and one checkpoint.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Incident Code

CI878a

Incident date

March 20, 2019

Location

Anbar, Iraq

Geolocation

32.559763, 41.919644 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Province/governorate level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Province/governorate

Airwars assessment

In an incident previously not tracked by Airwars, the Coalition later confirmed the death of one civilian and the injury of another near Anbar, Iraq.

Their June 2019 civilian casualty report noted: “Coalition forces engaged in a small arms fire event. Regrettably, one civilian was unintentionally killed and another one unintentionally wounded in the exchange.”

The Coalition has not provided any further locational information for this incident.

Airwars researchers could not find any reported claims of civilian harm in the area on this day.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars grading
    Confirmed
    A specific belligerent has accepted responsibility for civilian harm.
  • Known belligerent
    US-led Coalition

Sources (1) [ collapse]

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Known belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Credible
    The investigation assessed that although all feasible precautions were taken and the decision to strike complied with the law of armed conflict, unintended civilian casualties regrettably occurred.
  • Given reason for civilian harm
    No reason given
    Airwars’ assessment of belligerent’s civilian casualty statement
  • Initial Airwars grading
    Confirmed
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    1
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    1
  • Stated location
    Anbar, Iraq
    Nearest population center

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Jun 27, 2019
  • Mar. 20, 2019, near Anbar, Iraq, via self-report. Coalition forces engaged in a small arms fire event. Regrettably, one civilian was unintentionally killed and another one unintentionally wounded in the exchange.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

Between March 10 - 23, 2019, CJTF-OIR conducted 250 strikes consisting of 398 engagements against Daesh
targets in Syria and Iraq.

In Iraq, CJTF-OIR conducted 57 strikes consisting of 60 engagements, engaged 44 Daesh tactical units, and destroyed 14 supply routes, three buildings, two fighting position, one weapons cache, and one cave.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars grading
    Confirmed
    A specific belligerent has accepted responsibility for civilian harm.
  • Known belligerent
    US-led Coalition

Sources (1) [ collapse]