Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

USSOM160

Incident date

November 21, 2018

Location

Jimo Luqunyar or Adaley, near Debatscile, Mudug, Somalia

Geolocation

5.172335, 48.123686 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

AFRICOM reported that the previous day it had “conducted two (2) airstrikes in the vicinity of Haradere, Somalia on November 21, 2018.”

It added: “We currently assess these airstrikes did not injure or kill any civilians.” However, AFRICOM claimed that “the first airstrike killed six (6) al-Shabaab militants and the second airstrike destroyed a weapons cache.”

This assessment details the event which killed the alleged militants.

Associated Press offered more detail on the event: “Somali intelligence officials said the latest airstrikes targeted locations in the rural villages of Jimo-Luqunyar and Adaley, 75 kilometers (46 miles) northeast of Harardere. They said at least four missiles hit a base for over 30 extremists assigned to collect livestock taxes from nomadic communities in the area. The officials requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.”

In a subsequent FOIA response obtained by journalist Joshua Eaton in May 2019, AFRICOM again confirmed it had struck on this date what it says were “al Shabaab fighters”, in the vicinity of Debatschille, Somalia.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    0
  • Known attacker
    United States Armed Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    6

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Media
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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention that the strike took place near Harardhere, in the vicinity of the village of Debatscile, for which the generic coordinates are: 5.172335, 48.123686. AP reported that the strikes targeted locations in the villages Jimo Luqunyar and Adaley, 75 kilometers northeast of Harardhere. It is unclear which of these villages was hit. Due to limited information and satellite imagery available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location of these villages.

United States Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Known belligerent
    United States Armed Forces
  • United States Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

United States Armed Forces

Al-Shabaab Degraded by U.S., Federal Government of Somalia

To support the Federal Government of Somalia’s efforts to degrade al-Shabaab, U.S. forces conducted two (2) airstrikes in the vicinity of Haradere, Somalia on November 21, 2018.

We currently assess the first airstrike killed six (6) al-Shabaab militants and the second airstrike destroyed a weapons cache.

We currently assess these airstrikes did not injure or kill any civilians.

These precision airstrikes were conducted in coordination with and in support of the Federal Government of Somalia as it continues to degrade al-Shabaab. Airstrikes reduce al-Shabaab’s ability to plot future attacks, disrupt its leadership networks, and degrade its freedom of maneuver within the region.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    0
  • Known attacker
    United States Armed Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    6

Sources (4) [ collapse]