Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

USYEMTr110

Incident date

November 1–2, 2017

Location

أم فريض, Am Furayd, Abyan, Yemen

Geolocation

13.92457, 46.1741 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

A US drone strike reportedly killed an alleged AQAP militant, named as Ahmad Masfar Al-Khadr Al-Walidi, in or near Al-Furayd, in the Mudiyah district of Abyan governorate, around midnight on November 1st-2nd 2017.

A local source told Sputnik that Al-Khader was killed by a drone strike between the villages of Al-Fareed and Kawkab. Al-Riyadh further reported that Al-Khader was a “field leader” for AQAP.

Others, including @demolinari and @Dr_E_Kendall, suggested that there were reports that Al-Walidi may have been killed by an IED, possibly his own that had detonated early. There were no known reports of civilian harm.

The incident occured around midnight.

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention a vehicle being struck in or near the village of Am Furayd (أم فريض), for which the generic coordinates are: 13.92457, 46.1741. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    No
  • 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
    1

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • Some sources suggested that alleged AQAP militant Ahmad Masfar al-Khadr al-Walidi was killed in a US drone strike, though other suggested that he was killed by an IED (@demolinari, November 2nd 2017)

US Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    No
  • 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
    1

Sources (8) [ collapse]