Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

USYEMTr100

Incident date

September 9, 2017

Location

على مقربة من هوائي بين قريضة والرباط, In the vicinity of an Antenna, between Quraidah and Al Rabat, Al Bayda, Yemen

Geolocation

14.176536, 45.808595 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Nearby landmark

Airwars assessment

A US drone strike reportedly killed at least two alleged AQAP militants in the village of Qareidha, Sama’a area of Bayda governorate, on the afternoon of September 9th 2017.

In a later email to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, a US Central Command spokesperson confirmed that three strikes were conducted in Bayda governorate on September 9th, killing “several” AQAP members. The two other strikes are thought to comprise a single event at Al Saru.

According to Khabar Agency, a security source said that two were killed and another “seriously wounded” in the US attack at Qareidha. Al-Arabi also reported that two militants were killed in “a Toyota car next to a house in the village”.

Two sources suggested that three people were killed in the strike. Bloomberg referenced a report by Al-Masdar News, though Al-Masdar’s own report on the strike did not appear to offer a casualty number. The other, Khabar Agency, suggested that two were killed and one injured.

This strike came alongside two other reported strikes in the same area (USYEMTr098-C), which reportedly killed at least two alleged AQAP militants in the village of Qareidha. Several sources gave varying estimates of the overall death toll from the three strikes. Most suggested that seven militants were killed or “killed and wounded”.  At the lower end, one source, @Yemenat, suggested that five AQAP members were killed and one wounded. Another Twitter source suggested that ten militants were “killed and injured”.  These overall figures fit into the casualty ranges assessed by Airwars for USYEMTr098-C and USYEMTr100.

While many sources specifically located the strikes in or near Qareidha, a few, including Reuters, indicated that the strikes took place in the area of two villages, named by some as Qareidha and al-Thubayb.

According to Al-Arabi, local sources said that “Al-Qaeda militants arrived in the al-Sama’a district last August, and their appearances indicate that they are not from the area”.  One local language Twitter source suggested that two of those killed were AQAP leaders, though no other sources reported this, and it was unclear to which specific strike the source was referring.

The incident occured in the afternoon.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Known attacker
    United States Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    2–3
  • Belligerents reported injured
    1

Sources (58) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes (2) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention a vehicle being struck in the vicinity of Quraidah (قريظة) and Al Rabat (الرباط). Visual material shows an antenna in the distance, identifying the general area of the strike as east or south east of its location. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for the antenna are: 14.176536, 45.808595.

  • Reports of the incident mention a vehicle being struck in the vicinity of Quraidah (قريظة) and Al Rabat (الرباط). Visual material shows an antenna in the distance, identifying the general area of the strike as east or south east of its location.

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

  • Antenna visible in the distance between Quraidah (قريظة) and Al Rabat (الرباط).

    Imagery:
    @Dr_E_Kendall

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

U.S. forces conducted three strikes against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Al Bayda Governorate, Yemen, killing several Al Qaeda terrorists on Sep. 9.

In coordination with the government of Yemen, U.S. forces are conducting a series of sustained counterterrorism operations in Yemen against AQAP to degrade the group's ability to hold territory and coordinate external terror attacks.

Additionally, this year, the U.S. has conducted more than 100 strikes against AQAP militants, infrastructure, fighting positions and equipment.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Known attacker
    United States Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    2–3
  • Belligerents reported injured
    1

Sources (58) [ collapse]