Turkish Military in Iraq & Syria

An internally displaced Kurdish family in northern Iraq, 2016 (Maranie R. Staab)

Belligerent
Turkish military
Country
Iraq
Syria
start date
end date
Airwars Grading
Confirmed
Fair
Belligerent Assessment

Incident Code

TS028

Incident date

December 21, 2016

Location

الباب, Al Bab, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.371972, 37.51631 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

Between seven and 15 civilians, most of them apparently from one family, were reported killed in a Turkish bombardment of Al Bab, Syria.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that “the city is witnessing massive bombardment by the Turkish forces leading to the death of seven, the majority of them from one family, the number of the dead is likely to rise.”

The ISIS media propaganda outlet Al A’amaq published a similar report but said all the victims were from one family.

LCCSY and Al Bab News reported that 15 people were killed. Al Bab News added they were mostly from the Al Nako family and four of them children. In addition, one woman from the Al Masri family was reported dead.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (1)

  • Member of the Al Masri family Adult female killed

Family members (4)

  • Member of the Al Nako family Child killed
  • Member of the Al Nako family Child killed
  • Member of the Al Nako family Child killed
  • Member of the Al Nako family Child killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 15
  • (0–4 children0–1 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–5
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Turkish Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Turkish Armed Forces
  • Turkish Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 15
  • (0–4 children0–1 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–5
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Incident Code

TS082

Incident date

February 17, 2017

Location

الباب, Al Bab city, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.371972, 37.51631 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

Between four and nine civilians including one woman died in alleged Turkish strikes on Al Bab, according to local media.

The victims were also named by Syrian Human Rights Committee, who blamed Turkey as well.

In a MTV Lebanon video on February 17th – at 0’15, the voice over states that  “the Turkish army announced that it is near to completing the operation of taking control of the city of al Bab From Daesh.  Nine civilians were killed. Ankara reported the deaths of 13 members of Daesh”.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Mohammad Abd al Basset al Bakri Age unknown male named by Al Bab and its outskirts coordination group on Facebook killed
  • Zaher Mohammad Juma’a Sheikh Wees Adult male named by Al Bab and its outskirts coordination group on Facebook killed
  • Amina al Kalzi Adult female Zaher’s wife, named by Al Bab and its outskirts coordination group on Facebook killed
  • Saleh Hussein al Jabli Age unknown male named by Al Bab and its outskirts coordination group on Facebook killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 9
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (9) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • News bulletin of the incident on Al Bab with alleged Turlish airstrike on 17th Feb 2017. (via MTV Lebanon)

Turkish Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Turkish Armed Forces
  • Turkish Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 9
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (9) [ collapse]

Incident Code

TS092

Incident date

August 29, 2017

Location

عفرين, Afrin, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.511389, 36.864167 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

Between six and 10 civilians including one or more child were wounded in an alleged Turkish shelling on Afrin, according to local media.

Rudaw said that “Rizan Haddu, a political writer, told them that the initial result of the shelling that targeted the neighborhoods of Afrin injured six civilians to varying degrees”.

Yekiti reported the same figures, saying “six civilians were wounded when four mortar shells hit the center of the city of Afrin in Syrian Kurdistan on Tuesday evening.”

Sputnik – also blaming Turkey – put the number of “seriously wounded” at 10, including a female child.

Rok added that two Turkish rockets hit Afrin, while Step referred to “Turkish artillery” injuring several civilians, including a 10-year-old boy.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0
  • Civilians reported injured
    6–10
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (11) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

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    A wounded civilian following an alleged Turkish mortar attack on Afrin, Aug 29th 2017. (via Rudaw)

Turkish Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Turkish Armed Forces
  • Turkish Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0
  • Civilians reported injured
    6–10
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (11) [ collapse]

Incident Code

TS029

Incident date

December 22, 2016

Location

الباب, Al Bab, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.371972, 37.51631 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

Between 23 and 94 civilians were killed in an alleged Turkish airstrike on Al Bab, Syria, according to local media.

Al Jazeera reported the lowest death toll at 20 and refered to the ISIS media agency Al A’amaq as the source. Later Al A’amaq itself said the toll rose to 50.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights described “The death of 23 civilians because of Euphrates Shield forces missiles and shells fired on Al Bab city in Aleppo governorate suburbs, December 22, SNHR yet unable to verify the news, 2016.”

7al said 32 civilians died in the attack, whereas Russia Today reported 72 people dead.

Al Bab News posted on Facebook that “nearly 18 members of the al Shalash family, most of them women and children, killed following Turkish bombardment on al Bab.”

Halab News gave the highest death count at 91 and named many of the victims. Al Bab News reported the same names and said 45 more people were injured.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (6)

  • Jaafar Omar Ne'ma Adult male killed
  • Wife of Jaafar Omar Ne'ma Adult female killed
  • Child of Jaafar Omar Ne'ma Child killed
  • Child of Jaafar Omar Ne'ma Child killed
  • Child of Jaafar Omar Ne'ma Child killed
  • Child of Jaafar Omar Ne'ma Child killed

Family members (19)

  • Unknown victim from the Asfour family Adult killed
  • Unknown victim from the Asfour family Adult killed
  • Unknown victim from the Asfour family Adult killed
  • Unknown victim from the Asfour family Adult killed
  • Unknown victim from the Asfour family Adult killed
  • Unknown victim from the Asfour family Adult killed
  • Unknown victim from the Asfour family Adult killed
  • Unknown victim from the Asfour family Adult killed
  • Unknown victim from the Asfour family Adult killed
  • Unknown victim from the Asfour family Adult killed
  • Unknown victim from the Asfour family Adult killed
  • Unknown victim from the Asfour family Adult killed
  • Unknown victim from the Asfour family Adult killed
  • Ahmed Hussein Al-Asfour Adult male killed
  • Wife of Ahmed Hussein Al-Asfour Adult female killed
  • Son of Ahmed Hussein al-Asfour Child male killed
  • Son of Ahmed Hussein al-Asfour Child male killed
  • Daughter of Ahmed Hussein al-Asfour Child female killed
  • Daughter of Ahmed Hussein al-Asfour Child female killed

Family members (6)

  • Member of the Abo family Adult female killed
  • Member of the Abo family Adult male killed
  • Child from the Abo family Child killed
  • Child from the Abo family Child killed
  • Child from the Abo family Child killed
  • Child from the Abo family Child killed

Family members (2)

  • Member of the Fadel Sabbagh family Adult killed
  • Member of the Fadel Sabbagh family Adult killed

Family members (28)

  • Member of the Shalash family Adult killed
  • Member of the Shalash family Adult killed
  • Member of the Shalash family Adult killed
  • Member of the Shalash family Adult killed
  • Member of the Shalash family Adult killed
  • Member of the Shalash family Adult killed
  • Member of the Shalash family Adult killed
  • Member of the Shalash family Adult killed
  • Member of the Shalash family Adult killed
  • Member of the Shalash family Adult killed
  • Member of the Shalash family Adult killed
  • Member of the Shalash family Adult killed
  • Member of the Shalash family Adult killed
  • Member of the Shalash family Adult killed
  • Member of the Shalash family Adult killed
  • Member of the Shalash family Adult killed
  • Member of the Shalash family Adult killed
  • Member of the Shalash family Adult killed
  • Member of the Shalash family Adult killed
  • Member of the Shalash family Adult killed
  • Member of the Shalash family Adult killed
  • Member of the Shalash family Adult killed
  • Member of the Shalash family Adult killed
  • Member of the Shalash family Adult killed
  • Member of the Shalash family Adult killed
  • Member of the Shalash family Adult killed
  • Member of the Shalash family Adult killed
  • Member of the Shalash family Adult killed

Family members (3)

  • Member of the Kazakaz family Adult killed
  • Member of the Kazakaz family Adult killed
  • Member of the Kazakaz family Adult killed

Family members (11)

  • Member of the Naunu family Adult killed
  • Member of the Naunu family Adult killed
  • Member of the Naunu family Adult killed
  • Member of the Naunu family Adult killed
  • Member of the Naunu family Adult killed
  • Member of the Naunu family Adult killed
  • Member of the Naunu family Adult killed
  • Member of the Naunu family Adult killed
  • Member of the Naunu family Adult killed
  • Member of the Naunu family Adult killed
  • Member of the Naunu family killed

Family members (6)

  • Member of the Ghazal family Adult killed
  • Member of the Ghazal family Adult killed
  • Member of the Ghazal family Adult killed
  • Member of the Ghazal family Adult killed
  • Member of the Ghazal family Adult killed
  • Member of the Ghazal family Adult killed

Family members (2)

  • Mustafa Mahmoud al-Sukkar Adult male killed
  • Wife of Mustafa Mahmoud al-Sukkar Adult female killed

Family members (4)

  • Jafar Bertawi Adult male killed
  • Wife of Jafar Bertawi Adult female killed
  • Mohamed Jaafar Bertawi Child male killed
  • Fatima Jafar Bertawi Child female killed

Family members (4)

  • Mahmood al-Naama Adult male killed
  • Wife of Mahmood al-Naama Adult female killed
  • Mahmud al-Naama Child male killed
  • Yusuf Mahmud al-Naama Child male killed
  • Member of the al-Uday family Adult female killed
  • Child from the village of Qarodi Child killed
  • Ibrahim Qabalawi Adult male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    23 – 94
  • (16 children9 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    45
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (26) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Some of the victims of the mass civilian causality incident in Al Bab, Aleppo on 22nd December 2016. (via Aleppo 24)

Turkish Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Turkish Armed Forces
  • Turkish Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    23 – 94
  • (16 children9 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    45
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (26) [ collapse]