US-led Coalition in Iraq & Syria

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

Belligerent
US-led Coalition
Country
Iraq
Syria
start date
end date
Airwars Grading
Contested
Belligerent Assessment

Incident Code

CS1802

Incident date

October 1, 2018

Location

مسجد الهشيم السوسة , Al Soussa: al Hashim mosque, Deir Ezzor, Syria

Airwars assessment

Local media reported that the US-led Coalition bombed the al Hashim mosque in al Soussa. However, it was unclear whether the 29 to 33 people reported killed were civilians or members of ISIS.

The Step News Agency said that the strike was carried out at dawn on October 1st, while the Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that the mosque was severely damaged and rendered inoperable.

Step News added that there were” reports of dead and injured” people – but didn’t give their combatant status.

According to Smart News, 29 people were killed in the raid – but, again, this source didn’t state whether these were members of ISIS or civilians.

The Syrian Observatory “monitored the killing of 33 ISIS members in its last enclave east of Euphrates”. Athr Press instead stated that ” A number of civilians were killed and others were injured when International Alliance aircraft targeted the Al-Hashim” mosque in the town of Al-Sousse, east of Deir Al-Zour, with a number of raids.”

The incident occured around dawn.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    0–33
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition

Sources (8) [ 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

For October 1st 2018, the US led Coalition stated the following: “On Oct. 1 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of 10 engagements against ISIS targets. Near Abu Kamal, four strikes engaged one tactical unit, and destroyed one vehicle, one mortar tube and two supply routes.”

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    0–33
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Incident Code

CS1800

Incident date

September 19, 2018

Location

الباغوز, Al Bagouz Fawqani, Deir Ezzor, Syria

Geolocation

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

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Local sources reported the death of an adult civilian male, Hussein al-Humeidahin al Bagouz. There was however a discrepancy in the reports. While some local sources attributed the civilian’s death to (SDF) artillery shelling, one source claimed that he was killed by a sniper.

Euphrates Post reported for example the “martyrdom of Hussein al-Humeidah after artillery shelling by the SDF on the town of Al-Bagouz this morning.”

Al Boukamal Direct added that Mr al-Humeidah had refused to leave his home to flee intense fighting in al Bagouz. However another source said Mr al-Humeidah had instead been shephering his sheep at the time of his death.

Other media also reported heavy fighting between so-called Islamic State and the SDF. Al Shafaa stated on its Facebook page that in the “early hours of the morning” columns of smoke were rising from al Baguoz and “the sounds of artillery did not calm down during most of the daylight hours”. Sound and Picture added that dozens of ISIS fighters were killed in clashes with SDF militia.

The reports of artillery shelling seemed to contradict the report from Fajr al Boukamal, who detailed that al-Humeidah was killed by sniper fire “while he was in a field shepherding his sheep”. Fajr al Boukamal is however alone in saying this.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Haj Hussein Al Humaidah Al Khalaf Al Hassan Al Nasser Adult male Local shepherd killed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1–0 men)
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Haj Hussein Al Humaidah Al Khalaf Al Hassan Al Nasser, reportedly killed in al Bagouz either by artillery shelling or by a sniper (via Euphrates Post)

US-led Coalition Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For September 19th, the US-led Coalition reported the following:
“On September 19 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes consisting of 26 engagements against ISIS targets.
Near Albu Kamal, 18 strikes engaged 11 ISIS tactical units, and destroyed three ISIS fighting positions, two ISIS command and control center, one ISIS vehicle, one ISIS vehicle-borne IED, one ISIS rocket launcher, one ISIS Structure, two ISIS staging areas, one ISIS machine gun, six ISIS supply routes and one ISIS tunnel and damaged two ISIS sites and suppressed one ISIS staging area.”

Netherlands
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[After August saw few weapons fired, the NL MoD reported airstrikes for the fourth consecutive week. For September 19th-25th, aircraft deployed weapons in three missions, targeting ISIS fighters, a weapon cache and a logistical storage unit near Abu Kamal.]

Nieuwsbericht | 26-09-2018 | 12:00 In de strijd tegen terreurorganisatie ISIS ondersteunden Nederlandse F-16’s grondtroepen tijdens 8 missies. Die zijn gevlogen boven de Syrische provincie Deir al Zour, in de omgeving van Abu Kamal. Er zijn 3 keer wapens ingezet. ISIS-strijders, een wapenopstelling en een logistieke opslagplaats waren het doelwit. Een overzicht van Defensieoperaties in de week van 19 tot 25 september 2018.’

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1–0 men)
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Incident Code

CS1798

Incident date

September 13, 2018

Location

السوسة, Al Soussa, Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Geolocation

34.528889, 40.9675 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Local sources reported dead and wounded civilians after “artillery and missile shelling” on the outskirts of Al Soussa.

Step News Agency reported in full: “Dead and wounded civilians by artillery and and a rocket attack by the Syrian Democratic Forces on the outskirts of the town of Soussa countryside # Deir al-Azur East.”

However the SDF had no known access to artillery, suggesting that the Coalition was responsible.

Deir Ezzor 24 tweeted a similar report, but did not identify the culprit.

Almanar instead claimed that the civilians had been harmed after coming under attack from rocket propelled grenades.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), US-led Coalition

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Assessment:

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

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 reported the following: “On September 13 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes consisting of 15 engagements against ISIS targets. Near Abu Kamal, 12 strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units, and destroyed nine ISIS supply routes, four ISIS fighting positions, one ISIS compound, one ISIS sentry location, one ISIS staging area and one ISIS counter battery fire and damaged one ISIS compound and suppressed two ISIS mortar firing points."

Netherlands
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For the third consecutive week Dutch jets deployed weapons. Aircraft targeted ISIS storage units during 2 missions in Deir Ezzor governorate and near Abu Kamal. Between September 13th-18th, F-16s supported ground troops during 9 missions in Deir Ezzor and Iraq.

‘Weekoverzicht Defensieoperaties Nieuwsbericht | 19-09-2018 | 12:00 In de strijd tegen terreurorganisatie ISIS ondersteunden Nederlandse F-16’s grondtroepen tijdens 9 missies boven de Syrische provincie Deir al Zour en Irak. Er zijn 2 keer wapens ingezet in de Syrische provincie Deir al Zour, in de omgeving van Abu Kamal. Logistieke opslagplaatsen van ISIS waren het doelwit. Een overzicht van Defensieoperaties in de week van 13 tot 18 september 2018. Afgelopen week maakte het kabinet bekend dat Nederland de bijdrage van F-16’s in de strijd tegen ISIS na 31 december niet verlengt.’

France
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For Sept 12th-17th, France report that Task Force Wagram has carried out 22 artillery ‘firefights’ from Iraq this week. Aircraft conducted 19 sorties but there were no airstrikes.

‘CHAMMAL Cette semaine est marquée par le 4ème anniversaire de l’opération Chammal qui a débuté le 19 septembre 2014 et constitue la contribution française à l’opération Inherent Resolve regroupant 74 pays et 5 organisations internationales dans la lutte contre Daech. SITUATION MILITAIRE DU THEATRE Poursuite des actions de sécurisation en Irak En Irak, la situation n’a pas évolué de manière significative. ACTIVITE DE LA FORCE Le dispositif français n’a connu qu’une seule évolution, avec la relève du Chevalier Paul par la FREMM Auvergne en Méditerranée orientale. La Task Force Wagram en appui de l’offensive contre les dernières poches de Daech présentes dans la vallée de l’Euphrate En appui de l’offensive lancée le lundi 10 septembre par les forces au sol dans la région de Hajine, la TF Wagram a réalisé, depuis le territoire irakien, 22 missions de tirs cette semaine (bilan du 12 au 17 septembre inclus). Depuis le début de son engagement, la TF Wagram a réalisé 1911 missions de tirs. Les bases aériennes en Jordanie et aux EAU en appui des opérations Les aéronefs français basés en Jordanie et aux Emirats arabes unis poursuivent leurs actions contre Daech au sein de la coalition. La semaine dernière, ils ont réalisé 19 sorties aériennes en appui des forces locales engagées au sol (bilan du 12 au 17 septembre inclus). Aucune frappe n’a été réalisée. Bilan total de l’action du pilier appui aérien depuis le 19/09/14 : 8477 sorties / 1457 frappes / 2249 objectifs neutralisés. TF Monsabert et Narvik La Task Force Monsabert et la Task Force Narvik poursuivent leurs missions de formation au profit des forces irakiennes.’

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), US-led Coalition

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Incident Code

CS1796

Incident date

September 12, 2018

Location

الباغوزالباغوز, Al Bagouz Fawqani, Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Geolocation

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

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Local sources reported that one or more civilians were killed and injured in a bombardment on Al Bagouz. One victim was specifically named.

Deir Ezzor 24 and the Syrian Network for Human Rights stated that a named adult civilian male Najem Hassan al-Saleem was killed by ‘SDF artillery shelling’ on the village. It is important to note that it is Airwars’ understanding that only the Coalition had access to artillery in Deir Ezzor. @Alahmed_nasser claimed in a tweet that in fact the French military was shelling the town with artillery.

Al Shaafa reported dead and wounded civilians as a result of “a hysterical artillery bombardment on the entire town of Bagouz”, but did not identify the culprit.

According to a Halab Today correspondent, the Coalition was instead responsible for “martyrs and wounded civilians as a result of air raids”. Step News Agency also noted that the “International Alliance launched several air raids targeted the town of Al-Bagouz”, though the outlet did not make mention of any civilian casualties.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Najem Hassan al-Saleem Adult male killed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1–2
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition

Sources (10) [ 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

The Coalition stated that “On September 12 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes. Near Abu Kamal, 14 strikes [1 British?] engaged 11 ISIS tactical units, and destroyed seven ISIS supply routes and one ISIS command and control center."

United Kingdom
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Wednesday 12 September – a Reaper killed several terrorists in combat in eastern Syria…A Reaper supported the SDF on Wednesday 12 September as they mounted an offensive towards Abu Kamal, at the southern end of the one significant remaining pockets of Daesh-held territory in eastern Syria, near Hajin. Daesh fighters were observed in action on the outskirts of a village to the east of Abu Kamal, throwing grenades and firing a machine-gun. The terrorists took cover beneath the overhang of a building, but the Reaper’s crew were able to guide a Hellfire missile very accurately to strike them.

Netherlands
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For the 2nd straight week, Dutch F-16s fired weapons on ISIS targets. The Dutch MoD reported that between September 6th-12th, jets targeted a weapon storage unit in one mission near Hajin. Aircraft supported ground troops in DE and Iraq in 9 missions.

‘Weekoverzicht Defensieoperaties Nieuwsbericht | 12-09-2018 | 12:00 In de strijd tegen terreurorganisatie ISIS ondersteunden Nederlandse F-16’s grondtroepen tijdens 9 missies boven de Syrische provincie Deir al Zour en Irak. Hier is tijdens 1 vlucht wapeninzet geweest in de buurt van Hajin. Hierbij is een wapenopslagplaats van ISIS aangevallen. Een overzicht van Defensieoperaties in de week van 6 tot 12 september.’

France
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For Sept 12th-17th, France report that Task Force Wagram has carried out 22 artillery ‘firefights’ from Iraq this week. Aircraft conducted 19 sorties but there were no strikes.

‘CHAMMAL Cette semaine est marquée par le 4ème anniversaire de l’opération Chammal qui a débuté le 19 septembre 2014 et constitue la contribution française à l’opération Inherent Resolve regroupant 74 pays et 5 organisations internationales dans la lutte contre Daech. SITUATION MILITAIRE DU THEATRE Poursuite des actions de sécurisation en Irak En Irak, la situation n’a pas évolué de manière significative. ACTIVITE DE LA FORCE Le dispositif français n’a connu qu’une seule évolution, avec la relève du Chevalier Paul par la FREMM Auvergne en Méditerranée orientale. La Task Force Wagram en appui de l’offensive contre les dernières poches de Daech présentes dans la vallée de l’Euphrate En appui de l’offensive lancée le lundi 10 septembre par les forces au sol dans la région de Hajine, la TF Wagram a réalisé, depuis le territoire irakien, 22 missions de tirs cette semaine (bilan du 12 au 17 septembre inclus). Depuis le début de son engagement, la TF Wagram a réalisé 1911 missions de tirs. Les bases aériennes en Jordanie et aux EAU en appui des opérations Les aéronefs français basés en Jordanie et aux Emirats arabes unis poursuivent leurs actions contre Daech au sein de la coalition. La semaine dernière, ils ont réalisé 19 sorties aériennes en appui des forces locales engagées au sol (bilan du 12 au 17 septembre inclus). Aucune frappe n’a été réalisée. Bilan total de l’action du pilier appui aérien depuis le 19/09/14 : 8477 sorties / 1457 frappes / 2249 objectifs neutralisés. TF Monsabert et Narvik La Task Force Monsabert et la Task Force Narvik poursuivent leurs missions de formation au profit des forces irakiennes.’

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1–2
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Incident Code

CS1788

Incident date

August 6, 2018

Location

السوسة, Al Soussa, Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Geolocation

34.528889, 40.9675 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

One child was killed and her mother was wounded in an airstrike on Al Sousse, local media said. Most sources blamed the US-led Coalition, though there was one allegation against the regime.

According to the Syrian National Movement, “a female child was killed and her mother was injured by the International Alliance shelling the town of Sousse”. The pair were said to have originally lived in Abu Kamal.

Sound and Picture reported that “the International Air Force targeted the villages of Al-Bagouz and Al-Sousse in the countryside of Abu Kamal with several air strikes, resulting in a number of civilian casualties.”

Step also said a girl died and a number more civilians were wounded in Coalition strikes.

Al Soussa Youth said that the raids occurred on the shops of Ahmad al Turki and Mohsen al Turki.

However, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights blamed the regime, reporting that “in Deir Ezzor province, a citizen woman was killed due to shelling by the regime forces on areas in Al-Susah town in Deir Ezzor countryside.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–3
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, US-led Coalition

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

US-led Coalition Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For August 6th, the Coalition publicly reported no strikes in Syria, asserting: "There were no reported strikes conducted in Syria on August 6, 2018."

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–3
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, US-led Coalition

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Incident Code

CS1786

Incident date

July 27, 2018

Location

السوسة, Outskirts of Al Soussa, Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Geolocation

34.528889, 40.9675 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Local sources reported the death of two or four civilians after missiles struck aid vehicles near the town of Al Soussa.

According to Smart News, Coalition raids struck “three trucks loaded with food”, killing four civilians. The media outlet noted that the four came from “Salba and Mkeymen the eastern suburb of Hama in the center of the country.” It added that the strike occured “as they were leaving the town, and the regime’s media reported that a number of them [civilians] were killed and wounded.”

Baladi News reported instead that two civilians were killed (possibly within the town and therefore a separate event), while adding that others were injured. However, the report stated that the civilians were harmed by “the fire of the regime forces and their artillery”. It said a further two civilians were shot dead by regime forces as they attempted to cross the river.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also noted that “two shells landed on areas in al-Susah town” but did not identify a culprit and stressed that there was “no information about casualties”.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    2–4
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition

Sources (4) [ 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

The Coalition publicly reported at the time that “On July 27 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of seven engagements against Daesh targets. Near Abu Kamal, six strikes destroyed one Daesh fighting position and damaged three Daesh lines of communication."

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    2–4
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Incident Code

CS1784

Incident date

July 26, 2018

Location

الشعفة, Al Sha'afa, Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Geolocation

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

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Local sources reported that alleged Coalition airstrikes hit the village of al Sha’afa, either killing two civilians or injuring “several”.

According to Al Haal shelling by the “International Air Force […] focused on the side of the river” and resulted in “several civilians injured, in addition to material damage.”

Step News also identified the US-led Coalition as the culprit and reported that a house in Al Sha’afa was shelled, killing two people.

Deir Ezzor24 tweeted a video, stating that it showed the “great destruction in the homes of # civilians caused by the bombing of warplanes on the town of # al Shaafa # Rural Deiralzur”. It did not however make mention of any casualties as a result of the bombardment.

The Coalition at the time publicly reported no strikes in Syria on this date.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • Civilians reported injured
    0–2
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • ' #D24: Video shows # the great destruction in the homes of # civilians caused by the bombing of warplanes on the town of # al Shaafa # Rural Deiralzur'

US-led Coalition Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For July 26th, the Coalition did not publicly report any airstrikes in Syria, asserting that "There were no reported strikes conducted in Syria on July 26, 2018."

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • Civilians reported injured
    0–2
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Incident Code

CS1783

Incident date

July 24, 2018

Location

السوسة, Al Soussa, Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Geolocation

34.528889, 40.9675 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

According to local sources three to four civilians were killed by artillery or airstrikes, injuring up to 18 others near the sheep market of al Soussa.

Al Soussa Youth reported “a very violent bombardment of rocket launchers” on the sheep market and nearby houses. According to the report, “more than ten missiles” resulted in large clouds of smoke, while drones were flying overhead.

In a later report, Al Soussa Youth identified a number of civilians that were killed in the attack: Sa’ad Hashim al-Khudair al-Suwa’yi (possibly killed as he left an internet shop) and two sons of Ali Khalif al-Hasan al-Shahani – according to Baladi, one of them was still a child.

In a video following these reports, Al Soussa Youth would note that the victims were sitting on a veranda when they were killed. According to the official Facebook page for al Soussa, rockets had struck Al A’liyat mill, near the house of Hussein al-A’kla and confirmed the death of the three civilians, adding that women and children were also injured.

Deir Ezzor 24 was the first source to note that “aircraft believed to be affiliated to the Coalition” were responsible for the civilian casualties. Al Haall also said that the Coalition was responsible for “killing four civilians and injuring more than 18 other, some of them critically”. The outlet quoted Faisal al-Sayyed, who noted that “most of the shells fell next to the Osman mosque”.

Euphrates Post however stated that the rockets originated from “forces of the Assad regime stationed in the city of Abu Kamal”, targeting the town of al Soussa “yesterday evening”. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also concluded that the “violent explosions” that shook al Soussa were caused by “targeting by the regime forces”.

Baladi made mention of a fourth “unidentified body” of a person killed in the bombardment. The report stated that it was not the Coalition or pro-regime forces, but the SDF’s artillery and missile fire which were responsible for the incident. According to the media outlet, “local media sources” had informed them that “sdf forces shelled dozens of rockets in the town of al-Sousse […], killing four civilians and injuring others, mostly women and children.” Sadaa al Sham and Al Araby al Jadid also identified the SDF as the culprit.

Al Ghad al Souri noted two separate strikes on the city. The first, by the US led Coalition, targeted and killed ISIS leader Abkhadijah al Jazairi [the Algerian] in a residential area of al Soussa it said, noting that three civilians also died. A second action by regime forces then killed and injured civilians near the sheep market.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Son of Ali Khalif al-Hasan al-Shahani Adult male killed
  • Son of Ali Khalif al-Hasan al-Shahani Child male killed
  • Sa’ad Hashim al-Khudair al-Suwa’yi Adult male killed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    3–7
  • (0–1 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–18
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition

Sources (13) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • #D24: Three civilians were killed and others wounded by the bombing of an aircraft believed to be affiliated to the coalition the town of # Sousse rural # Deiralzor east'

US-led Coalition Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For July 24th, the Coalition did not publicly report any air or artillery strike in Syria, asserting: "There were no reported strikes conducted in Syria on July 24, 2018."

France
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For July 18th – 24th, France report just two artillery shooting missions by Task Force Wagram in the Euphrates Valley. There have been a total of 197 missions since the offensive began on Maty 1st. French aircraft carried out 29 sorties in support of ground forces but there were no airstrikes.

‘IRAK – SYRIE – CHAMMAL SITUATION MILITAIRE DU THEATRE Offensive contre les dernières poches de Daech en Syrie En Syrie, l’offensive contre les deux dernières emprises territoriales de Daech se poursuit. La sécurisation de la poche de Dashisha est quasiment terminée mais la dépollution de la zone est toujours en cours. Poursuite des actions de sécurisation en Irak Les opérations de sécurisation se poursuivent. Une opération majeure dans le désert de Djézireh s’est terminée notamment le 18 juillet. ACTIVITE DE LA FORCE Formation au profit des forces de sécurité irakiennes Depuis début juillet, la Task Force Narvik conduit une formation de lutte contre les engins explosifs improvisés (C-IED) au profit de 40 soldats de l’Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service (ICTS). Elle a pour objectif l’apprentissage de méthodes élémentaires de détection, de sécurisation et de destruction des engins explosifs improvisés à courte distance. Cette formation contribue à la montée en puissance des unités de sécurité nationales irakiennes. Elle s’inscrit, avec l’ensemble des instructions réalisées, dans le pilier «formation» de la contribution française à l’opération Inherent Resolve. La Task Force Wagram en appui de l’offensive contre les dernières poches de Daech présentes dans la vallée de l’Euphrate Les artilleurs de la Task Force Wagram demeurent engagés en appui de l’offensive contre les dernières poches de Daech dans la vallée de l’Euphrate. Depuis le lancement de l’offensive le 1er mai, la Task Force Wagram a réalisé 197 missions de tirs, dont 2 sur la semaine écoulée (bilan du 18 au 24 juillet inclus). Depuis le début de son engagement, la Task Force Wagram a réalisé 1856 missions de tirs. Les bases aériennes en Jordanie et aux EAU en appui des operations Sur la semaine écoulée, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont réalisé 29 sorties aériennes en appui des forces locales engagées au sol (bilan du 18 au 24 juillet inclus). Aucune frappe n’a été réalisée. Bilan total de l’action du pilier appui aérien depuis le 19/09/14 : 8265 sorties / 1453 frappes / 2244 objectifs neutralisés.’

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    3–7
  • (0–1 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–18
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition

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