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

CI641

Incident date

April 15, 2017

Location

باب سنجار, Mosul, Bab-Sinjar, Nineveh, Iraq

Geolocation

36.347347, 43.1225932 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Local residents told the Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights that 42 members of the well-known family of Ghanim Sobhiya died after an airstrike hit their 16-room house in Bab-Sinjar neighbourhood in the old part of Mosul, at dawn on April 15th.

Sources reported that the family of Ghanim’s brother had also gathered in the house. Ghanem’s brother was killed, “and his family, his six children and his five daughters and grandchildren.”

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (1)

  • Ghanim Sobhiya Adult male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    42
  • (6–11 children5 women2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Iraq government forces

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

For April 14th-15th: “Near Mosul, five strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit, destroyed two rocket-propelled grenade systems, destroyed two fighting positions, damaged four supply routes and a fighting position, and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.”

Iraq government forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Iraq government forces
  • Iraq government forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    42
  • (6–11 children5 women2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Iraq government forces

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Incident Code

CI449

Incident date

February 6, 2017

Location

Mosul, Al-Zinjili, Nineveh, Iraq

Geolocation

36.3502851, 43.1098795 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Local sources said that between 20 and 42 civilians were killed, including women and children, and dozens injured after Coalition airstrikes and governmental forces targeted residential neighborhoods at the right side of Mosul.

While Iraq Amsi spoke of “about 20 civilians dead and wounded”, Iraqi Spring put the death toll much higher, at 42, and said “mostly women and children” were killed.

Bahzad Ahmed said on Facebook that the Coalition had targeted Daesh, “including prominent leaders”, between Zenjili and Al Thawra (Revolution) neighbourhoods.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    20 – 42
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Iraq government forces

Sources (6) [ collapse]

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Non credible / Unsubstantiated
    Insufficient information to assess that, more likely than not, a Coalition strike resulted in civilian casualties.
  • Reason for non-credible assessment
    Insufficient evidence of civilian harm
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    None
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    None
  • Stated location
    near Mosul, Iraq
    Nearest population center

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Oct 27, 2017
  • After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that there is insufficient evidence to find that civilians were harmed in this strike.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For February 5th-6th 2017 the Coalition publicly stated: “Near Mosul, three strikes destroyed 23 ISIL-held buildings, an ISIL headquarters and a front-end loader; and damaged 14 supply routes and a tunnel.”

Iraq government forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Iraq government forces
  • Iraq government forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    20 – 42
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Iraq government forces

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Incident Code

CI596

Incident date

March 31, 2017

Location

الموصل: غرب/الجانب الأيمن, Mosul, West / Right side, Nineveh, Iraq

Geolocation

36.336843, 43.117979 Note: The accuracy of this location is to level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Two sources reported that dozens of civilians were killed and wounded due to airstrikes and artillery shelling in several neighborhoods in West Mosul.

Al Jiser Channel referred to Al Amaq [ISIL press agency] and said 43 died and 35 were injured. Yaqein said dozens died in airstrikes on the neighbourhoods of 17 July, Zanjili and Rigm Hadid (which also faced heavy shelling two days earlier).

Currently no further information is available.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    43
  • Civilians reported injured
    38
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Iraq government forces

Sources (2) [ collapse]

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Non credible / Unsubstantiated
    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
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    None
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    None
  • Stated location
    near Mosul, Iraq
    Nearest population center

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Nov 30, 2017
  • The report contains insufficient information of the time, location and details to assess its credibility.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For March 30th-31st the Coalition publicly reported: “Near Mosul, seven strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed 18 vehicles, three VBIED factories, two tunnels, an artillery system, a VBIED, a mortar system, a tactical vehicle, a fighting position, and a front-end loader; damaged 12 supply routes; and suppressed six ISIS mortar teams and an ISIS tactical unit.”

Iraq government forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Iraq government forces
  • Iraq government forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    43
  • Civilians reported injured
    38
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Iraq government forces

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Incident Code

CI562

Incident date

March 20, 2017

Location

الموصل: الزنجيلي, Mosul, Al-Zinjili, Nineveh, Iraq

Geolocation

36.350932, 43.111449 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Local residents and press sources said that 43 civilians were killed in airstrikes and missile shelling by the International Coalition and Iraqi forces in Zanjili neighbourhood, in the west of Mosul.

Mosul Eye reported:

“Mosul witnessed 20/3/2017 wave of casualties in a large number, and the initial outcome that we were able to collect was as follows:

134 civilian casualties due to military operations

In Zanjili only 43 victims

New Mosul 36 victims

New Bab, Farouk, seen 55 victims”

Iraqi News agency also reported Coalition airstrikes and shelling by Iraqi forces and put the death toll at 100 for the neighbourhoods Zanjili, New Mosul and Old Mosul.

One victim was later named as Hamed Ismail Hassan Ali (pictured).

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Hamed Ismail Hassan Ali Age unknown male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    43
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Iraq government forces

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Picture of Hamed Ismail Hassan Ali

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 March 19th-20th the Coalition stated: “Near Mosul, six strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and four ISIS sniper teams; destroyed 17 fighting positions, six heavy machine guns, four vehicles, three rocket-propelled grenade systems, a mortar system, a VBIED factory, an artillery system, and a roadblock; damaged nine supply routes; and suppressed six ISIS mortar teams, five ISIS tactical units, and an ISIS anti-air artillery team.”

Iraq government forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Iraq government forces
  • Iraq government forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    43
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Iraq government forces

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RS738 CS192

Incident date

March 19, 2016

Location

الرقة‎, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.949949, 39.007363 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

In a second day of airstrikes on Raqqa, 43 civilians were reported killed and 60 injured – though sources are conflicted as to whether this was the work of Russia or the Assad regime – with one report suggesting this may be a Coalition incident.

The Daesh agency Al A’maq said there had been nine raids by Russia on various “crowded” neighborhoods in the city, killing 43 and wounding 60. They published graphic footage of the event. Al Jazeera also blamed Russia, reporting that warplanes had carried out nine raids, killing more thna 40 and injuring dozens more.

An initial report by Shaam News Network spoke of a “terrible massacre against unarmed civilians conducted by air raids thought to be Russian“. However, a second report said this was either a Russian or Coalition incident: “…the city came under dozens of air raids from aircraft believed to be a Russian or an international coalition.” A subsequent report by SNN also referred to the incident in Raqqa on March 18th, adding: “Activists said the air raids targeted civilian areas and public squares directly away from the headquarters of the organization, resulting in 20 martyrs yesterday [March 18th], but today more than 20 have been killed and dozens more wounded, packing the hospitals in the city.” It said that the focus of the airstrikes was “on Karnak Square in Tel Abiyad Street and Al Ferdous neighbourhood, Al Mourour street and Al Sina’iya area and al Thakana“.

Initial reports by Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently did not say who who carried out the raids, though  further reports alleged Russia was responsible for nine strikes – killing 43 civilians and wounding 60 more – which targeted the following areas:

1.Alkarnak Square in Tel Abyad Street – targeted with three missiles, one of them behind behind Alandalus bakery, another on the square and a third on Alkarnak mall.

2. Alssinaea area

3. The area next to Alnnawawi mosque.

4. The park of 4th of April, Alsleby building

5. Neighborhood of althukna – Hospitality Palace Road

6. Alfirdaws neighborhood – the Chamber of Commerce – the corner of the children’s park

9. National Hospital

10. Panorama area

However, the Syrian Network for Human Rights said that the regime was to blame:”The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) has accused the Assad regime of targeting civilian areas in IS-controlled areas. It said that the regime carried out airstrikes against Raqqa, an IS stronghold, on March 18 and 19, killing 32 civilians, including six children. The targets were civilian areas, with no military or weapons facilities in the vicinity.”

Sky News – citing the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights – reported: “At least 39 people, including five children and seven women, were killed in an air strike which targeted several areas in the Syrian city of Raqqa.The Syrian Observatory said it was unclear whether the warplanes were Russian regime.”

Both the BBC and France24 also cited the Observatory in their reports.

In their February 2020 civilian casualty report, the US-led Coalition assessed reports that they were responsible for civilian harm in this strike as “non-credible”, stating that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area at that time.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Mohammed Al-Rashed Age unknown male killed
  • Zahra al-Faihan, mother of Mohammed Al-Rashed Adult female killed

Family members (2)

  • Ruba, daughter of Abu Waddah Al-Sukhni Age unknown female killed
  • Amira, daughter of Abu Waddah Al-Sukhni Age unknown female killed
  • Issa Al Karat Adult male Agricultural engineer killed
  • Abdallah Mahmoud al Nijm Age unknown male killed
  • Ibrahim Al Rawaba 70 years old male killed
  • Mohammad Khalaf Al Zagheer Age unknown male From the village of al Assadiya killed
  • Ammar Al-Mufdi Age unknown male killed
  • Um Muhannad Adult female Wife of Haj Mohammed killed
  • Aziza Al-Qadro Age unknown female killed
  • Hamudi, son of Abu Mohammed Age unknown male killed
  • Ali, son of Um Waddah Age unknown male killed
  • Tala’at Mohammad Amin Hussein al Assa’ad Adult male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    39 – 43
  • (5 women8 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    60
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Unknown, Syrian Regime Armed Forces, US-led Coalition

Sources (31) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (6) [ collapse]

  • The al Lailat building in al Thakana neighbourhood, Raqqa, after it was targeted by a raid on March 19th (via RBSS)
  • 'The agricultural engineer Issa Al Karat martyred in the air raids on the city of Raqqa this morning [Mar 19th]' (via RBSS)
  • Aftermath of the strikes targeting Raqqa (via al-Jazeera)
  • Mohammad Khalaf Al Zagheer, victim of the air strikes targeting Raqqa (via RBSS)
  • Abdallah Mahmoud al Nijm, victim died in air strikes fired on Al Mrour Street in Raqqa (via SN4HR)
  • Tala’at Mohammad Amin Hussein al Assa’ad, victim of the air strikes targeting Raqqa (via Palmyra News Network facebook page)

Unknown Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown
  • Unknown position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

Unknown

Russia has published no known record of strikes in Syria for March 1st to March 19t-20th.

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
    Non credible / Unsubstantiated
    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
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    None
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    None
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SEV008784
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Feb 2, 2020
  • March 19, 2016, in Raqqah, Syria, via Airwars report. After a review of all available records it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties. 2925/CS192 37SEV008784

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    39 – 43
  • (5 women8 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    60
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Unknown, Syrian Regime Armed Forces, US-led Coalition

Sources (31) [ collapse]

Incident Code

CS192

Incident date

March 19, 2016

Location

الرقة‎, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.9505639, 39.0094148 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

In a second day of airstrikes on Raqqa, 43 civilians were reported killed and 60 injured – though sources are conflicted as to whether this was the work of Russia or the Assad regime – with one report suggesting this may be a Coalition incident.

The Daesh agency Al A’maq said there had been nine raids by Russia on various “crowded” neighborhoods in the city, killing 43 and wounding 60. They published graphic footage of the event. Al Jazeera also blamed Russia, reporting that warplanes had carried out nine raids, killing more thna 40 and injuring dozens more.

An initial report by Shaam News Network spoke of a “terrible massacre against unarmed civilians conducted by air raids thought to be Russian“. However, a second report said this was either a Russian or Coalition incident: “…the city came under dozens of air raids from aircraft believed to be a Russian or an international coalition.” A subsequent report by SNN also referred to the incident in Raqqa on March 18th, adding: “Activists said the air raids targeted civilian areas and public squares directly away from the headquarters of the organization, resulting in 20 martyrs yesterday [March 18th], but today more than 20 have been killed and dozens more wounded, packing the hospitals in the city.” It said that the focus of the airstrikes was “on Karnak Square in Tel Abiyad Street and Al Ferdous neighbourhood, Al Mourour street and Al Sina’iya area and al Thakana“.

Initial reports by Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently did not say who who carried out the raids, though further reports alleged Russia was responsible for nine strikes – killing 43 civilians and wounding 60 more – which targeted the following areas:

1.Alkarnak Square in Tel Abyad Street – targeted with three missiles, one of them behind behind Alandalus bakery, another on the square and a third on Alkarnak mall.

2. Alssinaea area

3. The area next to Alnnawawi mosque.

4. The park of 4th of April, Alsleby building

5. Neighborhood of althukna – Hospitality Palace Road

6. Alfirdaws neighborhood – the Chamber of Commerce – the corner of the children’s park

9. National Hospital

10. Panorama area

However, the Syrian Network for Human Rights said that the regime was to blame:”The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) has accused the Assad regime of targeting civilian areas in IS-controlled areas. It said that the regime carried out airstrikes against Raqqa, an IS stronghold, on March 18 and 19, killing 32 civilians, including six children. The targets were civilian areas, with no military or weapons facilities in the vicinity.”

Sky News – citing the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights – reported: “At least 39 people, including five children and seven women, were killed in an air strike which targeted several areas in the Syrian city of Raqqa.The Syrian Observatory said it was unclear whether the warplanes were Russian regime.”

Both the BBC and France24 also cited the Observatory in their reports.

RBSS named the following victims:

Issa Al Karat – an agricultural engineer (also named by SN4HR)

Abdallah Mahmoud al Nijm – killed in a raid that targeted Al Mourour street (also named by SN4HR)

Ibrahim Al Rawaba, – “70 years old, after he was hit with shrapnel in his head which caused him a coma following the bombing a week ago near the police gas station“.

Additionally, an individual called Alaa Al Fahad posted a reply on RBSS with a photo of a victim: “Mohammad Khalaf Al Zagheer martyred yesterday in the criminal regime bombing on Raqqa. He is from the village of al Assadiya“.

Raqqa Post named an additional nine victims.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Mohammed Al-Rashed Age unknown male killed
  • Mohammed Al-Rashed's mother Age unknown female killed

Family members (2)

  • Ruba Age unknown female daughters of Abu Waddah Al-Sukhni killed
  • Amira Age unknown female daughters of Abu Waddah Al-Sukhni killed

Family members (2)

  • Um Muhannad Age unknown female wife of Haj Mohammed killed
  • Um Muhannad's son Child male killed
  • Issa Al Karat Adult male An agricultural engineer killed
  • Abdallah Mahmoud al Nijm Age unknown male killed
  • Ibrahim Al Rawaba 70 years old male killed
  • Ammar Al-Mufdi Age unknown male killed
  • Aziza Al-Qadro Age unknown female killed
  • Ali Age unknown male Son of Waddah killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    39 – 43
  • (5 children7 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    60
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (31) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • The al Lailat building in al Thakana neighbourhood, Raqqa, after it was targeted by a raid on March 19th (via RBSS)
  • 'The agricultural engineer Issa Al Karat martyred in the air raids on the city of Raqqa this morning [Mar 19th]' (via RBSS)
  • Abdullah Mahmood Al-Najim (Via RBSS)

US-led Coalition Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

Russia has published no known record of strikes in Syria for March 1st to March 30th.

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    39 – 43
  • (5 children7 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    60
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (31) [ collapse]

Incident Code

CS1481 RS2439

Incident date

September 14, 2017

Location

الميادين, Al-Mayadeen, Deir Ezzor, Syria

Geolocation

35.016667, 40.444167 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

In what has been described as a massacre, between five and 45 civilians were killed and 14 to 90 were injured in alleged Russian, Syrian regime or Coalition airstrikes on the city of Al-Mayadeen in Deir Ezzor, described by local sources as the “most important stronghold for Daesh in the region”.

An initial report from Sharqiya Voice said a Russian warplane attacked the city, “shelling…civilian houses on the waterfront”, and killing five people and injuring more than 14. Reportedly, the Russian warplane earlier targeted the village of Bokros Tahtani which also resulted in civilian casualties. Other reports blamed a Russian missile launch.

Al Mayadeen Gathering in Exile documented 10 killed and 90 wounded following the strikes. The Russians supposedly fired seven cruise missiles in the raid and targeted “the post office and the convalescence center, Court Street and al Balou’m roundabout” according to the source. A later report from Euphrates Post noted the “National Hospital”, and the “Internet Lounge close to Fisherman’s Wharf” were targeted. It too blamed Russia.

A brother and sister were documented as two of the victims by Euphrates Post. Abou Ali wrote on Facebook that his uncle  was also killed in the attack. News of his death came after reports of “a large number of families…still under the rubble”, by @olay6663. Shbab then listed an additional four men suspected killed:

According to Smart, “The Russian Defense Ministry announced Thursday that it was targeting south-east of the eastern city of Deir al-Zour with Caliber missiles from its submarines in the Mediterranean Sea – without specifying the locations”.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights initially reported “whether they belong to Russia or the the regime in still unknown” regarding the identity of aircraft. However a subsequent report said some sources alleged Russian responsibity whilst others blamed the Coalition. A third report on the incident by the Observatory alleged Russia conducted the strikes on Mayadeen.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights blamed the regime.

Later reports by Euphrates Post documented the death of another civilian, reportedly killed after injuries sustained as a result of the airstrikes on Al Mayadeen. Khader Sa’id al-Nizhan was also documented killed in Bokros, however further correspondence with Euphrates Post confirmed the location as Al Mayadin.

Euphrates Post similarly had confusing reportage on the incident. When reporting on all the incidents in a general sense, they blamed both Russia and the Coalition, however when reporting on the incident individually they blamed Russia.

In addition to this, Almanar TV reported that, “Four people were killed and 65 others injured when the International coalition aircraft bombed the town of Al-Mayadin in the south-eastern Deir Al-Zour countryside.” However, Airwars researchers have suggested that this source is Hezbullah propaganda, therefore unreliable.

The raids struck Al Inaash Centre, a vicinity near the mosque Almshouh, the vicinity of the Noue Al Saeed hospital and the beginning of Al Jaish street, according to Marsad Al Hasaka.

Most sources agreed that “more than 10” people were killed in these strikes, but al-Jazeera put that figure at 45.

Euphrates Post reported that the airstrikes hit the  ‘Convalescence Center, the National Hospital and the Internet Lounge near the Fisherman’s Wharf.’ Other sources reported that a number of civilian houses near the sea were also hit.

Alaraby reported that “On Sunday, rescue teams and civilians retrieved three bodies of a man, a child and a girl from the rubble of their house in the town of Mayadim in the eastern suburb of Deir al-Zour. The death toll was not immediately clear as a result of the destruction of the target house completely over its residents. An elderly woman was also killed by a rocket from the same plane that targeted a second house in the town of Al-Mayadeen, while an unknown child is still under the rubble.”

Women and children were among the slain. Al-Mayadeen’s Gathering In Exile reported that seven cruise missiles were fired allegedly by a Russian warship, which contributed to the civilian casualties. Smart News reported that the Russian Defense Ministry that two submarines in Mediterranean had targeted “locations” of the “Islamic State” in the south-eastern Deir Ezzor, without specifying the location.

Al-Mayadeen was the most important stronghold of the Islamic State in the region, according to Zaman al Wasl.

Al Jazeera tweeted that the aftermath saw a large displacement of people towards the surrounding areas of the Badia.

It must be noted that the body of Ismail Mahmood al-Ibrahim was reportedly trapped under he rubble for a few days before it was recovered. Some sources report he was killed on the 14th, and others on the 17th as a result.

The incident occured at 7:00 am local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Bashar Ahmad al-Jaber Child male killed
  • Nermin Ahmed Al-Jaber Child female killed
  • Mawafaq Saleh Al Ali Al Hanan Age unknown male killed
  • Hamed Al - Saleh Al - Hamad Abu Bassam Age unknown male killed
  • Salah Ibrahim Al - Alash Age unknown male killed
  • Saleh Khalif Al Arouk Abu Bandar Age unknown male killed
  • Yasser Nizar Al - Aswad Age unknown male killed
  • Ismail Mahmood al-Ibrahim's Child male killed
  • Khalidiya Mohammed Jalal Al-Shahatha Age unknown female killed
  • Wife of Mari al-Hammadi Age unknown female killed
  • Maha Okab al - Arab Child female killed

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 45
  • (2–3 children1 woman6 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–90
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces, US-led Coalition

Sources (64) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (25) [ collapse]

  • The destruction caused by airstrikes in Al-Mayadeen on September 14th 2017. (via Sound and Picture)
  • The destruction caused by airstrikes in Al-Mayadeen on September 14th 2017. (via Sound and Picture)
  • The destruction caused by airstrikes in Al-Mayadeen on September 14th 2017. (via Sound and Picture)
  • The destruction caused by airstrikes in Al-Mayadeen on September 14th 2017. (via Sound and Picture)
  • A man struggles through the rubble of a building that was hit by airstrikes on al-Mayadeen on September 14th 2017. (via Euphrates Post)
  • Destroyed vehicles on the side of the road in the wake of the airstrikes on al-Mayadeen on September 14th 2017. (via Euphrates Post)
  • The town of al-Mayadeen was hit by airstrikes on September 14th 2017. (via Euphrates Post)
  • A destroyed vehicle in al-Mayadeen following airstrikes on September 14th 2017. (via Euphrates Post)
  • Destruction caused by airstrikes on al-Mayadeen in Deir Ezzor governorate on September 14th 2017. (via Euphrates Post)
  • Nermin Ahmed Al-Jaber was one of the victims killed in airstrikes on al-Mayadeen on September 14th 2017. (via Euphrates Post)
  • Nermin Ahmed Al-Jaber and Bashar Ahmad al-Jaber were among the victims killed in airstrikes on al-Mayadeen on September 14th 2017. (via Euphrates Post)
  • An image of the destruction caused by airstrikes on al-Mayadeen in Deir Ezzor governorate on Sempteber 14th 2017. (via ISIS Livemap)
  • An image of Al-Haji Salah Ibrahim Al-Alash was posted on Facebook by his nephew Abu Ali, identifying him as one of the victims killed in airstrikes on al-Mayadeen on September 14th 2017. (via Abu Ali's Facebook post)
  • An image of the destruction caused by airstrikes on al-Mayadeen in Deir Ezzor governorate on September 14th 2017. (via Marsad Al Hasaka)
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    A wounded child due to airstrikes on al-Mayadeen in Deir Ezzor governorate on September 14th 2017. (via Marsad Al Hasaka)
  • The aftermath of airstrikes on al-Mayadeen in Deir Ezzor governorate on September 14th 2017. (via Marsad Al Hasaka)
  • The aftermath of airstrikes on al-Mayadeen in Deir Ezzor governorate on September 14th 2017. (via Marsad Al Hasaka)
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    A wounded child due to airstrikes on al-Mayadeen in Deir Ezzor governorate on September 14th 2017. (via Marsad Al Hasaka)
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    A wounded child due to airstrikes on al-Mayadeen in Deir Ezzor governorate on September 14th 2017. (via Marsad Al Hasaka)
  • The aftermath of airstrikes on al-Mayadeen in Deir Ezzor governorate on September 14th 2017. (via Marsad Al Hasaka)
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    A wounded child due to airstrikes on al-Mayadeen in Deir Ezzor governorate on September 14th 2017. (via Marsad Al Hasaka)
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    Graphic image of a wounded child due to airstrikes on al-Mayadeen in Deir Ezzor governorate on September 14th 2017. (via Alemyavena)
  • The child before her arm was decapitated. (via Alemyavena)
  • Ismail Mahmood al-Ibrahim's body was trapped under the rubble for 29 hours. (via Alemyavena)
  • Mohammed al-Saud and his three-year-old daughter killed in airstrikes 14th Sept 2017.

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

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 September 13th-14th, the Coalition reported: “Near Dayr Az Zawr, nine strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed two tactical vehicles, an ISIS fuel station and a fighting position.”

For September 14th - 15th, the Coalition reported: "Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two vehicles". It later reported, "On Sept. 14, near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria six strikes destroyed an ISIS UAS, a fighting position, an ISIS supply route and suppressed three fighting positions"

United Kingdom
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‘Friday 15 September – a Reaper supported coalition airstrikes near Dayr az Zawr, and delivered two attacks itself against extremists in the open, whilst Typhoons destroyed a Daesh-held building… On Friday 15 September, a Reaper was again very active north-east of Dayr az Zawr; it provided support to coalition airstrikes which destroyed three Daesh-held buildings, then conducted two attacks on its own account with Hellfire missiles against terrorists moving through the area. Nearby, a Typhoon flight bombed a further Daesh-held building.’

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 45
  • (2–3 children1 woman6 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–90
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces, US-led Coalition

Sources (64) [ collapse]

Incident Code

CI705

Incident date

May 11, 2017

Location

الموصل: غرب/الجانب الأيمن, Mosul, West / Right side, Nineveh, Iraq

Geolocation

36.336843, 43.117979 Note: The accuracy of this location is to level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Local press sources reported, based on a claim by Al Amaq [ISIL] press, that 46 civilians were killed and 76 injured by different forms of shelling and airstrikes by the Joint Forces on the neighbourhoods in West Mosul that were still under ISIL control. While some sources blamed the US or the Coalition for the raids, others said the Iraqi government forces and militia were responsible.

Sources had told Yaqein Agency that “the bodies of the dead are still under the rubble of the houses and that the wounded have no one to help them and [don’t have the] necessary medical supplies for treatment.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    46
  • Civilians reported injured
    76
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Iraq government forces

Sources (5) [ collapse]

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Non credible / Unsubstantiated
    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
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    None
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    None
  • Stated location
    near Mosul, Iraq
    Nearest population center

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Jan 25, 2018
  • The report contains insufficient information of the time location and details to assess its credibility.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For May 9th-10th, the Coalition reported: “Near Mosul, six strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units and a sniper; destroyed seven mortar systems, five fighting positions, three VBIEDs, two supply caches, two vehicles, and a command and control node; damaged 18 ISIS supply routes, a fighting position, a tunnel; and suppressed four mortar teams and four ISIS tactical units.”

Iraq government forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Iraq government forces
  • Iraq government forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    46
  • Civilians reported injured
    76
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Iraq government forces

Sources (5) [ collapse]