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

Geolocation accuracy

Village

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.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested 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
    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)

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.

United States Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested 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
    1

Sources (8) [ collapse]