Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

USYEMTr007

Incident date

January 30, 2017

Location

بيحان, Baihan, Shabwa, Yemen

Geolocation

14.774219, 45.735397 Note: The accuracy of this location is to District level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

A suspected US drone strike against a car killed two AQAP members in Baihan, Shabwa province on the morning of January 30th 2017, multiple sources reported.  There were no known associated reports of civilian harm.

According to news agencies, Yemeni officials suggested that a US drone had targeted the car in the Baihan region, on the border with Marib governorate.

A US military spokesperson, however, told the Bureau of Investigative Journalism that CENTCOM did not conduct a strike in the area at that time. It is therefore possible that the reported strike was conducted by the CIA.

The incident occured in the morning.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attacker
    US Forces
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    2

Sources (28) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention a vehicle being struck in the Baihan (بيحان) district, within the Shabwa (شبوة) province. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for Baihan are: 14.774219, 45.735397.

  • Reports of the incident mention a vehicle being struck in the Baihan (بيحان) district, within the Shabwa (شبوة) province.

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

US Forces Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

US Forces

Jack,
I can confirm that CENTCOM did not conduct a strike in that area.

V/R,
Maj. Josh T. Jacques, USA

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attacker
    US Forces
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    2

Sources (28) [ collapse]