Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

USYEMTr103

Incident date

October 4, 2017

Location

Yakla, Bayda, Yemen

Airwars assessment

A US drone strike reportedly killed two alleged AQAP militants, including AQAP leader Shroum al-Sanaani, in Yakla, in the Radaa area of Bayda governorate, on the evening of October 4th 2017. There were no known associated reports of civilian harm.

In a later email to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, a US Central Command spokesperson confirmed that a strike in Bayda governorate on October 4th had killed one AQAP fighter.

Several sources at the time, including AFP, reported that two men were killed while travelling on a motorbike in Yakla. One local language Twitter source, Hamrin News, suggested that both of those killed were leadership figures in AQAP, though most instead reported that al-Sanaani’s “companion” was unidentified.

The incident occured in the evening.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • 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

Sources (31) [ collapse]

Media
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United States Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • 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

Sources (31) [ collapse]