Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

USYEMTr046

Incident date

March 14, 2017

Location

مديرية العبر, Al Abr District, Hadramout, Yemen

Geolocation

15.934614, 47.224583 Note: The accuracy of this location is to District level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

District

Airwars assessment

A reported US drone strike killed two alleged AQAP militants, including a Saudi national, while they were driving in the Al-Abr area of Hadramout governorate, on March 14th 2017. There are no known associated reports of civilian harm.

According to FPA, the alleged militants were named as Abu Jandal al-Hadrami and Abu Hashim al-Sharuri by an anonymous security official. Some sources suggested that the former was an AQAP poet, while others suggested that one of the casualties was a “Saudi leader”.

This reported strike took place amid a dramatic intensification of US operations against AQAP beginning in early March 2017. On April 3rd, Pentagon spokesperson Captain Jeff Davis said that, from February 28th to the final week of March, 50 US airstrikes were conducted in Yemen.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Suspected attacker
    United States Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    2

Sources (26) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • Two alleged AQAP militants, Abu Jandal Al-Hadrami and Abu Hashim Al-Sharouri, were reportedly killed in a US drone strike against a vehicle in Al-Abr, Hadramout (@MENAanalyst, March 14th 2017)
  • Two alleged AQAP militants, Abu Jandal Al-Hadrami and Abu Hashim Al-Sharouri, were reportedly killed in a US drone strike against a vehicle in Al-Abr, Hadramout (@MENAanalyst, March 14th 2017)

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention a vehicle being struck within the Al Abr District (مديرية العبر), for which, due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for Al Abr District are: 15.934614, 47.224583.

  • Reports of the incident mention a vehicle being struck within the Al Abr District (مديرية العبر).

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United States Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

United States Armed Forces

The U.S. military conducted airstrikes over eastern Yemen during the weekend, targeting the sites of extremist group al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, director of Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters today.

“We continue to target [al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula] in Yemen, and this is done in the interest of disrupting a terror organization that presents a very significant threat to the United States,” Davis said.

Strikes Target Terrorists

During the weekend in Yemen’s Shabwah governorate, the precision airstrikes targeted al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula terrorists, as well as the terrorists’ infrastructure, fighting positions and equipment, the spokesman said.

The airstrikes follow the late-January U.S. raid in Yemen during which a U.S. service member died. From Feb. 28 through last week, some 50 airstrikes were conducted, Davis noted.

The weekend airstrikes, which were largely unmanned, bring the total to 70, he said.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Suspected attacker
    United States Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    2

Sources (26) [ collapse]