Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

USYEM069-B

Incident date

April 29, 2012

Location

الجوف‎, Jawf, Al Jawf, Yemen

Geolocation

16.550533, 45.55584 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Province/governorate level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Three Al Qaeda militants were killed by airstrikes allegedly carried out by US and/or Yemeni forces in the Al Jawf governorate on April 29, 2012.

On April 29th, 2012, tweets began appearing from @alshadadi1986, Nabeel Alodainai (@imc_r) and Suhail News concerning the killing of three Al Qaeda operatives in a car moving through the AlJawf governorate. Later, Yemeni military sources stated that three suspected Al Qaeda operatives were killed in an airstrike that targeted their car traveling in the Al Hasm area of the Al Jawf governorate. Mareb Press cited a Yemeni military official speaking on anonymity who confirmed the targeting of the vehicle, but the official did not state whether it was the Yemeni military or U.S. drones that conducted the strike. However, the Yemen Air Force did not have capabilities to strike moving cars.

Additionally, a tribal witness told Mareb Press that the operatives were traveling to visit families of Al Qaeda members killed in armed conflicts with the Yemeni government. This same source added that the car carrying the three men was “completely destroyed”. In a report filed by the Associated Press, an anonymous Yemeni official noted the death of the three men who were allegedly linked with Al Qaeda, but the official could not provide details on their identities, the reasons for their travels in Al -Hasm, or who was responsible for the strike. There are no reports of any civilian deaths.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention that a vehicle was targeted in the northern governorate of Jawf (الجوف‎). The generic coordinates for the province of Jawf (الجوف‎) are: 16.550533, 45.55584. Due to limited information and satellite imagery available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    No
  • Civilians reported killed
    0
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attackers
    US Forces, Yemeni Air Force
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    3

Sources (12) [ collapse]

US Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US Forces
  • US Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Yemeni Air Force Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Yemeni Air Force
  • Yemeni Air Force position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    No
  • Civilians reported killed
    0
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attackers
    US Forces, Yemeni Air Force
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    3

Sources (12) [ collapse]