Aftermath of a Coalition airstrike near Raqqah, Syria January 5th 2016, which may also have killed three civilians (via Raqqah Is Being Slaughtered Silently)

Reported civilian and ‘friendly fire’ deaths from Coalition airstrikes January – March 2016

Alleged events for other months in 2016 are listed here

Listed are all known reports for January to June 2016 – via generally credible sources unless otherwise indicated – of non-combatant and ‘friendly fire’ deaths allegedly caused by the Coalition. We include locations, dates and reported casualty numbers, as well as the names of victims where known. Also cross-referenced are any known US or allied airstrikes in the vicinity – and any coalition response to a reported incident.

Some photos have been masked because of their graphic content. Masks will disappear when your cursor is placed over them. We explain our grading system here. You can find our complete 2014-2017 casualty reports here. Casualty claims relating to Russian actions can be found here.

Airwars monitors media and social media sites in both Iraq and Syria for claims of coalition-inflicted casualties. We also collate reports from regionally-focused monitoring groups which can include:
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
Syrian Network for Human Rights
Syria Violations Documentation Center
Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently
Iraq Body Count
UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI)
Bellingcat
(geolocation of strikes)

Please note that this is an evolving dataset, which reflects our latest current understanding of any particular event. Records are subject to change.

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Alleged events for other months in 2016 are listed here

January 2016

January 1st 2016: Hit and Thaiyala, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: Local sources said that airstrikes – possibly by the Coalition – had struck civilians in Hit and Thaiyala in Anbar province, resulting in deaths and injuries of multiple civilians including women and children.

Face Iraq reported that 12 bodies of civilians were later evacuated from Thaiyala, “killed in bombings which had resulted in the deaths of women and children.”
The dead were later named as Ismail Taha Hussein Amiri and nine of his family, along with Ashjan Taha Ismail Darraji and a woman named as Yana.

Civilians reported killed: 12
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Iraqi Spring Media Centre, Iraqi Spring Media Centre (2), Face Iraq [Arabic], Al Anbar News [Arabic], Hit News [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Fair, though no Coalition strikes publicly reported nearby. Possibly contested.
Coalition position: No Coalition strikes were publicly reported at Hit. More broadly in Anbar, it was noted for January 1st-2nd 2016 that “Near Ramadi, five strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed seven ISIL fighting positions, six ISIL heavy machine gun positions, three ISIL buildings, an ISIL vehicle, cratered two ISIL-used roads, and denied ISIL access to terrain.

Bodies of the family are removed following an airstrike on January 1st 2016 (via Al Anbar News)
Bodies of the al Amiri family are removed following an airstrike on January 1st 2016 (via Al Anbar News)

 

January 5th-6th 2016: Ar Raqqah, Al Raqqah governorate, Syria
Summary: Airstrikes reportedly targeted the Water Foundation building on the outskirts of Raqqah around midnight, killing an employee of the organization and two building guards according to the Syrian Observatory (which did not attribute the strike to any particular party.)
Other sources made no mention of casualties, although a propaganda video released by Daesh appeared to show damage to adjacent homes and shops.
On July 7th, 2017 the Coalition admitted responsibility for the incident, reporting: “Jan. 5, 2016, near Raqqah, Syria, via Airwars report: During a strike on an ISIS headquarters building, it was assessed that three civilians were unintentionally killed.”
Civilians reported killed: 3
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Al Amaq Agency [Arabic], Raqqah is Being Slaughtered Silently – photos [Arabic], Daesh propaganda – Al A’maq [Arabic], Bellingcat geolocationCJTF-OIR Monthly Civilian Casualty Report (June 2017) [Archived]
Quality of reporting: CONFIRMED CASUALTY INCIDENT
Coalition position: For January 5th-6th 2016, the Coalition reported that “Near Ar Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL headquarters building.”

Aftermath of an apparently confirmed Coalition strike January 5th, which may have killed three non-combatants (via Raqqah Is Being Slaughtered Silently)
Aftermath of an apparently confirmed Coalition strike January 5th, which may have killed three non-combatants (via Raqqah Is Being Slaughtered Silently)

 

January 6th 2016: Koroh Kozak, Aleppo governorate, Syria
Summary: A number of reportedly moderate Syrian forces were killed and injured after an alleged Coalition night time strike in aid of beseiged forces accidentally struck friendly lines.
According to the Shaam News Network, ISIS had assaulted “the headquarters of Syria’s democratic forces east of the Euphrates River” at Koroh Kozak in Aleppo governorate.
When Coalition aircraft came to their aid, “Coalition planes had targeted friendly forces by mistake, killing and injuring a number of them while ISIS had withdrawn safely.”

Friendly forces reported killed: 2 or more
Reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Shaam News Network [Arabic], Syrian Mirror [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: The Coalition declared a number of strikes in Aleppo governorate for January 6th-7th 2015, noting that “Near Manbij, 14 strikes destroyed 24 ISIL fighting positions, four ISIL buildings, suppressed an ISIL vehicle’s movement, and denied ISIL access to terrain.”

 

January 7th: Samarra Dam, Salah el Din province, Iraq
Summary: There were claims that a Coalition strike in the vicinity of the Samarra Dam had caused an unknown number of friendly fire casualties. No further details are presently available.
Friendly forces reported killed: Unknown
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Al Maqa Agency [Arabic], Iraqi Revolution [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Weak – with few details at present
Coalition position: There were no publicly reported strikes by the Coalition in the vicinity of Samarra for either January 6th-7th 2016 or January 7th-8th.

 

January 7th: Hit, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: Local media service Hit News claimed that Coalition airstrikes had struck a residential building in Hit. No further details are presently available.

Civilians reported killed: Unknown
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Hit News [Arabic], News of Iraq [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Weak – with few details at present
Coalition position: For January 6th-7th 2016, the Coalition reported that “Near Hit, two strikes struck an ISIL VBIED factory.”
There were no public reports of actions at Hit for January 7th-8th
.

 

January 7th-8th 2016: Khuzaymah, Al Raqqah governorate, Syria
Summary: Eight children and three women were widely reported killed, in what most sources claimed to be a Coalition airstrike.

While Raqqah is Being Slaughtered and Radio Alkul did not attribute the attack, the Syrian Observatory blamed the Coalition: “Eight children and three citizen women were killed in a bombing by the international coalition’s warplanes on Khuzaymah village at the northern countryside of Al-Raqqah city, which is witnessing clashes between Syrian Democratic Forces against the “Islamic State.” The eight bodies of the children were brought to hospitals in Al-Raqqah city, while the bodies of the women were buried.”
Civilians reported killed: 11-12, including 8 children and 3 women
Reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Raqqah Is Being Slaughtered Silently [Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Arabi 21 [Arabic], Al Raqqah Post [Arabic], Radio Alkul [Arabic], Eldorar [Arabic], Zaman al Wassil [Arabic], Local Coordination Committees in Syria [Arabic], Qasioun [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: The Coalition declared a strike in the vicinity of Ayn Isa, Al Raqqah governorate for January 7th-8th 2016: “Near Ayn Isa, two strikes destroyed three ISIL fighting positions and suppressed a separate ISIL fighting position.”

 

January 8th-9th: Ramadi, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: Some local media reported that two families consisting of 14 civilians were killed in an unattributed airstrike on Sofiya in Ramadi. While Yaqen also reported that 14 civlians had died, it blamed the deaths on Iraq Army artillery.
In its July 2017 civilian casualty report, the Coalition denied responsibility for the event, saying that it conducted no strikes nearby that day: “Jan. 8, 2016, near Ramadi, Iraq, via Airwars report: After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographic area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.”
Given that the Coalition has confiormed strikes on Ramadi that day, we have requested additional information.
Civilians reported killed: 14

Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Iraqi Spring Media Centre, Iraqi Revolution [Arabic], Yaqen [Arabic], Coalition monthly casualty report (July 2017)
Quality of reporting: Contested, unlikely. Classed as non credible by Coalition
Coalition position: The Coalition noted significant activity in the vicinity for January 8th-9th 2016: “Near Ramadi, six strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed 21 ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL sniper positions, two ISIL recoilless rifles, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) facility, two ISIL weapon caches, and denied ISIL access to terrain.”

 

January 8th-9th: Tikrit, Salah el Din province, Iraq
Summary: Nine pro-government Shia militia were killed in what was initially reported as a Coalition drone strike. However, it was later revealed that the ‘friendly fire’ incident was instead the result of a strike by an Iraq Army drone, most likely a Chinese-supplied CH-4.
The error occured when elements of Asaeb Ahel Al Haq – a part of the popular mobilization army – came under fire from ISIS forces at Spyker base north of Tikrit. An airstrike was called in to assist, but the air attack at 10.45pm instead hit friendly troops. Shia forces at first blamed the US-led Coalition, complaining that the site of the strike was 2km away from any combat with ISIS.
Deputy Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ordered a full inquiry into the incident. However, it was soon revealed by official spokesman for the Ministry of Defense Naseer Nouri that the air strike had in fact been carried out by an Iraqi drone. The Army had taken delivery of a number of Chinese-made CH-4s a year earlier, with the first known strike taking place on December 6th 2015.
Friendly forces reported killed: 9
Reported injured: 14
Sources: Waradana [Arabic], Iraq News [Arabic], Face Iraq [Arabic], Iraq News (2) [Arabic], Iraqi Revolution [Arabic], Shafaaq [Arabic], Al Sharqiya [Arabic], Waradana (2) [Arabic], Background – Aero History,
Quality of reporting: Disproven
Coalition position: The Coalition declared no strikes at Tikrit for January 8th-9th 2016.

The first known drone strike by the Iraq Army took place December 6th 2015 at Ramadi

 

January 9th 2016: Al Shafaka farm west of Ayn Issa, Al Raqqah governorate, Syria
Summary: A strike by aircraft reportedly killed five civilians, who were named by Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered as Khalaf Al A’sskar and his two sons, his daughter and his niece.
Most sites did not identify the perpetrators, although Syria News attributed the attack to Russia, while Ara News said it was a Coalition action.

Civilians reported killed: 5, including 2 women
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Raqqah Is Being Slaughtered Silently [Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Syria News [Arabic], Al Araby al Jadid [Arabic], Ara News [Arabic], Rebels Brigade of Raqaa [Arabic], Syria Newsdesk [Arabic], Jissr TV [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Contested – Russian, Coalition or Assad regime strike
Coalition position: The Coalition confirmed an event in the vicinity for January 9th-10th 2016, noting that “Near Ayn Isa, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four ISIL buildings.”
Russia noted the following for January 1st-10th 2016In the course of [the first] 10 days of the year 2016, the Russian aircraft have performed 311 combat sorties engaging 1097 objects in the Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia, Hama, Homs, Damascus, Deir ez-Zor, Hasakah, Daraa, and Raqqah provinces.

 

January 11th 2016: Slouk, Al Raqqah governorate, Syria
Summary: A civilian man named as Hmaid al Agha was reported by VDC as having been killed at Slouk in a Coalition airstrike. The website Al Sharq al Arabi also listed Mr al Agha as killed, though did not attribute responsibility.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Violations Documentation Center, Al Sharq al Arabi [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Weak – little information at present
Coalition position: The Coalition reported one strike nearby in Al Raqqah governorate for January 11th-12th 2016: “Near Ayn Isa, one strike wounded an ISIL fighter.”
For January 10th-11th it was also reported that “Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes [2 British] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL cranes.

 

January 11th 2016: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: At least one civilian was killed in a confrmed Coaltion airstrike on an ISIL-controlled bank in central Mosul. The attack was aimed at destroying millions of dollars of terror cash – with US officials prepared to accept up to 50 civilian casualties to achieve their objective, according to CNN.
Two massive 2,000lb bombs were used to destroy the bank in a dawn (or 8am) strike, according to anonymous US officials. The attack was timed to present the least risk to non combatants, since the bank was “in an area where civilians are also located, and there was a significant risk of civilian casualties.” Aerial shots released by Iraq’s NRN News show the bank in a heavily built up neighbourhood. Even so, Pentagon officials told CNN’s Barbara Starr that they were willing to accept dozens of civilian casualties to achieve their goal.
A husband and wife who lived next to the building died in the attack, while six other locals were reportedly injured. Daesh propaganda footage suggests extensive damage to the surroubnding area.
Some local media reported instead that the target of the strike was not the bank, but a Daesh judge known as Abu Ayyub, who had just moved into a requisitioned building two doors away. According to one local source who contacted Airwars, “the US version offered by CNN appears incorrect, as there appears to have been little money stored at that bank.” Instead according to MRN, the bank handled securities identification and transactions for retirees and civilian staff.
CENTCOM officially admitted civilian casualties on April 22nd 2016, reporting: “On Jan. 11, 2016, near Mosul, Iraq, during a strike on five ISIL individuals guarding an ISIL cash distribution station, it is assessed that one civilian was killed and five were injured.

Civilians reported killed: 1-4, including 1 woman, and 5 Daesh militants
Reported injured: 5-6
Sources: CNN, NRN News [Arabic], GRAPHIC NRN News (2) – photos [Arabic], MNB [Arabic], Daesh propaganda footage – strike aftermath and rescue operation, MNB (2) [Arabic], Iraq News [Arabic], MNB (3) [Arabic], NRN News (3) [Arabic], CENTCOM, Airwars,
Quality of reporting: Fair, with event itself confirmed by Coalition
Coalition position: CONFIRMED CASUALTY EVENT
The Coalition noted at the time that on January 11th-12th 2016, “Near Mosul, strikes struck… an ISIL cash distribution center

A civilian victim of a Coalition strike January 11 2016, which targeted millions of dollars in a daesh-controlled bank (via NRN News)
GRAPHIC A civilian victim of a Coalition strike on Mosul January 11 2016, which targeted millions of dollars in a Daesh-controlled bank (via NRN News)

 

January 14th 2016: Between Tikrit and Alam (Salah el-Din) and Udeim (Diyala province), Iraq
Summary: So called Islamic State claimed that there were two separate ‘friendly fire’ incidents in two separate provinces, in which Coalition forces allegedly struck Iraq Army troops.
Daesh controlled media reported thatthe international coalition mistakenly bombed a convoy of Iraqi forces on the road between Tikrit and Alam.”
And on the same day, Daesh also asserted that “Coalition aircraft mistakenly bombed a site held by the Iraq Army with two missiles, in a village near Udeim in Diyala.”
Friendly forces reported killed: Unknown
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Al Maq Agency (1) [Arabic], Al Maq Agency (2) [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Weak, possibly Daesh propaganda
Coalition position: According to the Canadian MoD, on January 14th 2016two CF-18 Hornets successfully struck an ISIL fighting position northeast of Tikrit using precision guided munitions.” However, a spokesman firmly rejected any claim that Canada’s aircraft might have been involved in a ‘friendly fire’ event, telling Airwars: “The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) has no indications to suggest that friendly forces were harmed or killed as a result of the airstrike by CF-18 Hornets northeast of Tikrit on January 14, 2016. The CAF is aware that ISIL distributes videos and images with the deliberate intent of spreading misinformation in pursuing their objectives.  As such, it is important to question the credibility of any such products distributed by ISIL.
This airstrike eliminated an ISIL fighting position, reducing the threat posed by ISIL to civilians and members of the Iraqi security forces. The CAF remains committed to supporting Iraqi security forces in order to bolster their efforts to fight ISIL and defend their country
.”
No Coalition strikes were publicly reported in Diyala province between January 13th-15th 2016
.

 

January 14th 2016: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: There were effectively single-source claims that an alleged Coalition strike on a Mosul court killed 33 civilians who had been detained on petty charges by so-called Islamic State. Three judges also reportedly died.
According to Al Mustaqbal, the Coalition targeted “a former Social Welfare Department building” which now functions as a court. The three judges were named as Mohsen Allawi Afri, Walid Rashid and Ghaith Saher Rashidi.
The site also said the attack had killed “33 civilian detainees, mostly young people from Mosul who were under investigation by the court.”
Responding to a request for clarification about possible involvement given declared UK strikes near Mosul that day, the MoD told Airwars that “after extensive research, we can confirm that there was no UK involvement” in the alleged event.
In its July 2017 civilian casualty report, the Coalition denied responsibility for the event on grounds of having conducted no strikes in the near vicinity: “Jan. 14, 2016, near Mosul, Iraq, via Airwars report: After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographic area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.”
Given the specific details associated with this event, Airwars has requested additional clarification from the Coalition.
Civilians reported killed: 36

Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Al Mustaqbal [Arabic], NINA [Arabic], Coalition monthly casualty report (July 2017)
Quality of reporting: Weak – presently single source. Classed as Non Credible by Coalition
Coalition position: According to the Coalition, for January 14th 2016 “Near Mosul, seven strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units, an ISIL headquarters, and an ISIL improvised explosive device (IED) factory and destroyed eight ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL heavy machine guns, two ISIL vehicles, nine ISIL assembly areas, two weapons caches, an ISIL bunker, an ISIL command and control node, and suppressed an ISIL rocket position.

 

January 16th 2016: Tell Yara, Bashiqa, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: A spokesman for the Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP) stated that 12 civilians were injured in a Coalition airstrike on the village of Tell Yara in Bashiqa, north of Mosul.
Ghiyath Alsurja, a media official with the KDP, told reporters that the Coalition had targeted Daesh facilities in the village 17km north of Mosul, killing a number of enemy fighters. But he added that “12 people from the village were also injured.”
In its July 2017 civilian casualty report, the Coalition denied responsibility for the event: “Jan. 16, 2016, near Bashiqa, Iraq, via Airwars report: After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that there is insufficient evidence to find that civilians were harmed in this strike.”
Given the named source for this allegation, Airwars continues to assess as likely.

Civilians reported killed: 0
Reported injured: 12
Sources: Face Iraq [Arabic], Coalition monthly casualty report (July 2017)
Quality of reporting: Fair – single though credible named source. Coalition classes as Non Credible based on available evidence
Coalition position: The Coalition reports that for January 16th-17th 2016 “Near Mosul, 10 strikes struck seven separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL-used culvert and destroyed three ISIL vehicles, 34 ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL weapons caches, three ISIL assembly areas, three ISIL bunkers, and wounded two ISIL fighters.”

 

January 17th-18th 2016: Ar Raqqah, Al Raqqah governorate, Syria
Summary: According to the Union of Hassakah Youth, an adult male non-combatant named as Ammar Al Khayran was killed in a Coalition strke on Raqqah. According to the group, the victim “came from Mabrouka in the western countryside of Rass Al Ain.” Other sites also reported his death, which was additionally claimed for both January 17th and January 19th.
According to Ara News, in an evening strike the international Coalition targeted “three locations near Raqqa city with a drone, which led to the destruction of a tactical unit belonging to Daesh.” Citing Raqaa is Being Slaughtered, the article also reported that there had not as yet been any reports of civilian casualties from the event.

Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Union of Hassakah Youth [Arabic], Ara News [Arabic], Syrian Human Rights Committee [Arabic], Committees for the Defence of Democracy Freedoms and Human Rights in Syria [Arabic], Kurdish Front [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Weak – presently confused reporting
Coalition position: The Coalition reports for January 17th-18th 2016 that “Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes [1 British] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL underground facility.”
There were no published reports of strikes in Raqaa city for January 18th-19th, though the Coalition did note that “Near Ayn Isa [Al Raqqah governorate], two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.”

 

January 18th 2016: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: Local sources claimed that 11 civilians were killed and 6 others wounded, after Coalition aircraft allegedly targeted cars in the Exhibitions area east of Mosul.
According to the National Iraqi News Agency, residents in the city’s Exhibitions area said the casualties occured when aircraft fired on vehicles: “The bodies of civilians were handed over to the forensic medicine department, while those injured were taken to hospitals in Mosul.”
Al Mustaqbal also noted the event, though their story appears to be based on NINA’s report.
Al Araby said that 10 civilians died in the event while a further 11 were injured, noting that local sources “did not know whether the bombing had inflicted casualties (on Daesh) or not.”
Responding to a request for clarification, the UK MoD told Airwars: “There is no credible indication of potential UK involvement” in the alleged event of January 18th.
In its July 2017 civilian casualty report, the Coalition denied responsibility for the event, saying it had not conducted strikes in the near vicinity: “Jan. 18, 2016, near Mosul, Iraq, via Airwars report: After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographic area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.”

Civilians reported killed: 10-11
Reported injured: 6-11
Sources: NINA [Arabic], Al Mustaqbal [Arabic], Al Araby [Arabic], Coalition monthly casualty report (July 2017)
Quality of reporting: Fair, though no Coalition strikes reported in near vicinity
Coalition position: The Coalition reported for January 18th-19th 2016 that “Near Mosul, five strikes [1 British] struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL headquarters and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun, four ISIL fighting positions, and an ISIL cash collection point.”

 

January 20th 2016: Ramadi, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: The Iraqi Spring Media Centre claimed that “Coalition fighters” had struck civilians in north west Ramadi, killing 13 civilians and injuring a further 18.
Certain News described the alleged Coalition strike as ‘retaliatory’ though gave no further details, while noting that there was also significant material damage to civilian houses in the area.
Responding to a request for clarification about possible involvement given declared UK strikes near Ramadi that day, the MoD told Airwars: “We cannot make any definitive assessment of possible UK presence from the evidence you have provided, but I can confirm that there was no indication of any civilian casualties in our own detailed assessments of the impact of each of our strikes over the period concerned.”

Civilians reported killed: 13
Reported injured: 18
Sources: Iraqi Spring Media Centre, Iraqi Spring Media Cenre (2) [Arabic], Certain News [Arabic], Iraqi Revolution [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Reasonable
Coalition position: The Coalition reported heavy strike activity in the area for January 19th-20th 2016:Near Ramadi, six strikes [2 British] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL mortar system, three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL RPG system, two ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED), an ISIL building, two ISIL heavy machine guns, an ISIL tunnel entrance, two ISIL petroleum oil and lubricant trucks, an ISIL front end loader, suppressed an ISIL mortar system, and denied ISIL access to terrain.”
For January 20th-21st, CJTF-OIR reported: “Near Ramadi, five strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL VBIED, an ISIL home-made explosives (HME) cache, an ISIL staging area, an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL building, an ISIL petroleum oil and lubricant truck, and cratered an ISIL-used road.”

 

January 21st 2016: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: Local sources claimed 10 civilians were killed and 20 injured in alleged Coalition strikes on Mosul.
According to anti-government site Yaqen, “the international airline alliance this morning carried out several air strikes” in central Mosul which in turn killed 10 civilians and ‘substantially damaged’ a number of homes.
Meanwhile the pro-government site Al Rassid made no mention of civilian casualties, noting only that up to 25 fighters with Daesh were killed wghen ‘gatherings and strongholds’ of the terror group were struck.

Civilians reported killed: 10
Reported injured: 20
Sources: Yaqen [Arabic], Al Rassid [Arabic], Almada Press [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: The Coalition reported for January 20th-21st 2016 that “Near Mosul, three strikes destroyed nine ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL weapons cache, two ISIL command and control nodes, and five ISIL fighting positions.”
And for January 21st-22nd 2016, it was reported that “Near Mosul, six strikes struck an ISIL-used bridge and two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.

 

January 21st 2016: Abu Teban, Hit, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: Local sources claimed Coalition airstrikes had struck residential homes in Abu Teban village in Hit, west of Ramadi, resulting in the deaths of eight civilians and the injuring of a further 18 – described as mostly women and children.
Responding to a request for clarification about possible involvement given declared UK strikes between Ramadi and Haditha that day, the MoD told Airwars that “after extensive research, we can confirm that there was no UK involvement” in the alleged event.

Civilians reported killed: 8
Reported injured: 18
Sources: Iraqi Revolution [Arabic], Iraqi Spring Media Centre, Iraqi Spring Media Centre (2),
Quality of reporting: Presently weakly reported
Coalition position: The Coalition publicly reported no strikes on Hit between January 20th-22nd 2015. However it did confirm carrying out a combined total of eleven airstrikes ‘near Ramadi’ on those dates.

January 22nd 2016: Ar Raqqah, Al Raqqah governorate, Syria
Summary: There were claims by some of a wedding convoy hit in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Raqqa on the evening of January 22nd. Al Jazeera instead said that “an unmanned drone targeted a car belonging to IS near Bab Baghadad east of the town.”
The event, which took place in the Baghdad Bab neighbouorhood of the city, was alleged by some to have killed 25 or more people “including women and children.” However these casualty claims may relate to Russian airstrikes which also reportedly hit the city that day.
So-called Islamic State – which issued what it said was a post-strike video – was quick to accuse the US of responsibility for the attack on a ‘wedding convoy.’
However the Coalition did not publily declare any strikes on the city that evening. Responding to Airwars, a CJTF-OIR spokesperson stated: “As per the daily strike release on Jan. 23, there were no strikes conducted near Raqqah on Jan. 22.”

Civilians reported killed: 25
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently – photos [Arabic], Al A’amaq – Daesh propaganda video, Al Jazeera [Arabic], Shaam News Network [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Contested, possibly false
Coalition position: The Coalition did not publicly report any strikes in Raqaa for January 22nd-23rd 2016, later confirming to Airwars this was the case.

A vehicle said to have been part of a wedding convoy, bombed in alleged Copalition strike on Ar Raqqa January 22nd 2016 (via Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently)
A vehicle said to have been part of a wedding convoy, bombed in alleged Coalition strike on Ar Raqqa January 22nd 2016 (via Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently)

January 26th 2016: Hawijah, Kirkuk province, Iraq
Summary: According to multiple reports, an alleged Coalition airstrike on Hawijah resulted in at least 13 civilian deaths.
Al Jazeera reported that 16 died in the incident, which it attributed to the Coalition. T
he Al Amaq Agency (which often distributes Islamic State propaganda) reported that 13 civilians died in a ‘Coalition strike’ while 11 were injured. Local reporter Hamid Hadeed claimed that a family of six were among the dead. Images from the impact site appear to show signficant damage to a building.

Responding to a request for clarification about possible involvement given declared UK strikes in Kirkuk province that day, the MoD told Airwars that “after extensive research, we can confirm that there was no UK involvement” in the alleged event.
Civilians reported killed: 13-16
Reported injured: 11
Sources: Iraqi Revolution [Arabic], Al Amaq Agency (Daesh-linked) [Arabic], Shafaqna [Arabic], Independence News [Arabic], Al Jazeera tweet [Arabic], Hamid Hadeed tweet [Arabic], Bellingcat geolocation,
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: The Coalition reports that on January 25th-26th 2016Near Al Huwayjah, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.”
And for January 26th-27th it was also reported that “Near Al Huwayjah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit
.”

January 27th 2016: Shadadi, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary: Four civilian men – three from the same family – were named as killed by ‘Coalition air force shelling’ near Shadadi, after earlier reports of aircraft from the western alliance circling over the town. The death toll was later raised to 10 by some sources.
According to Qasioun the deaths occured after Coalition aircraft struck the Kabiba oil wells: “Several fuel tanks owned by civilians were left burning.”
The Violations Documentation Centre identified four of the victims as:
Mohammad Hosain al-Hajini

Bashar Hosian al-Hajini
Qosai Hosain al-Hajini
Saleh al-Mowafaq
Civilians reported killed: 4-10
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Violations Documentation Centre, Al Hassakah Network [Arabic], Union of Hassakah Youth [Arabic], Qasioun [Arabic], Zamanalwsi [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For January 26th-27th 2016, the Coalition publicly reported that “Near Al Hasakah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.”
There were no public reports of strikes in Al Hassakah governorate on January 27th-28th
.

 

January 28th 2016: Ajajah village, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary: Up to ten civilians were killed including two children, following an airstrike strike on the village of Ajajah. The attack was initially attributed to the Coalition. However later reports blamed the deaths on Russia.
According to the Syrian Observatory “Two children and a man were killed and others injured in bombing by warplanes believed to be from the international coalition. They targeted areas in Ajajah village, which is controlled by so called Islamic State.
The Union of Hassakah Youth also initially blamed the attack on the Coalition, though later said Russia was responsible: “At about 13:00 Russian MiGs carried out a raid on Al Mafrak road connecting the villages of Ajaja and Al Hadadiya – targeting a filtering stations for crude oil and fuel sale points with two raids five minutes apart.
A Russian mig, white in colour, flew at low altitude. The first raid coincided with regime helicopters flying south to Deir Ezzor and the second raid coincided with the return of another helicopter coming from Deir Ezzor heading north. The two raids and the helicopters flying coincided with coalition planes flying in the skies of the area.”
Some of the dead and injured were named as:
Amjad Hammadi Al Rayyah from Ajajah
Mouayed Hammadi Al Rayyah from Ajajah
Mohammad Amin Adnan Al Awwad, 10 years old from Ajajah
Fadi Hussein Al Jaseem [pictured below] from Ajajah
Two unnamed members of the Al Bourahma clan
Three unnamed brothers from the al Hazeem clan
Among ten people reported injured (some seriously) were Mohammad Saleh Al Haj Adnan Al Awwad; Adnan Al Jalwi Abu Farouq; Khalaf Al Hanshouli Abu Mayyada; Hammadi Al Warda; Kassar Al Habboud; the wife and son of Razzak Al Habboud; Wahij Maher al Awwad; and Hammoudi Hussein Al Jassem.
Three more civilian bodies were recovered from the scene on February 1st.
Civilians reported killed: 9-12, including 1-2 children
Reported injured: 10
Sources: Hassakah Network [Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Qasioun [Arabic], Union of Hassakah Youth [Arabic], Union of Hassakah Youth (2) [Arabic], Union of Hassakah Youth (3) – with photos [Arabic], Violations Documentation Centre, Union of Hassakah Youth (4) [Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (2),
Quality of reporting: Contested – either Coalition or Russia
Coalition position: There were no public reports of Coalition strikes in Al Hassakah governorate on January 27th-28th.
For January 28th-29th the Coalition reported that “Near Al Hasakah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and suppressed an ISIL checkpoint.”
In a report covering the period January 25th-February 1st 2016, Russia made no public mention of strikes in Al Hassakah governorate.

Victim xxx (via Union of Hassakah Youth)
Victim Fadi Hussein al Jaseem (via Union of Hassakah Youth)

January 29th 2016: Al Dadat near Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria
Summary: A young child was killed in either a Coalition or a Russian airstrike near Al Dadat, on the road to Jarablus.
Ara News blamed the attack on Russia, while Shaam News and Halab Today among others said the US-led Coalition was responsible.

Civilians reported killed: 1, a child
Reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Ara News [Arabic], Ouruba [Arabic], Cham Times [Arabic], Manbij Co-Ordinating Committee [Arabic], Halab Today [Arabic], Body Homs [Arabic], Revolutionary Forces of Syria [Arabic], Shaam News Network [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Contested – either Coalition or Russian strike
Coalition position: For January 28th-29th 2016 the Coalition reported that “Near Manbij, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL building.”
For January 29th-30th the Coalition reported no strikes in the vicinity of Manbij, though did report strikes in both Mar’a and Washiya – both in Aleppo governorate.
In a report covering the period January 25th-February 1st 2016
, Russia confirmed carrying out a number of strikes in Aleppo governorate, though gave few further details.

February 2016

February 2nd 2016: Al Ghazili near Ayn Isa, Raqqah governorate, Syria
Summary: In a previously unknown casualty event, CENTCOM confirmed on April 22nd 2016 that one civilian was killed during a US airstrike at Al Ghazili near Ayn Isa.
According to the official release, “On Feb. 2, 2016, in Al Ghazili, Syria, near Ayn Isa, during a strike on an ISIL vehicle, it is assessed that one civilian was killed after unexpectedly driving into the target area after weapons were already in flight.
Our researchers have so far not been able to locate any additional reports relating to this incident.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: CENTCOM, Airwars,
Quality of reporting: Confirmed
Coalition position: CONFIRMED CASUALTY EVENT
At the time, the Coalition reported for February 2nd-3rd 2016 that “Near Ayn Isa, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

 

February 2nd 2016: Unknown location, Hama governorate, Syria
Summary: In a previously unknown alleged casualty event, the Coalition reported on January 2nd 2017 that it had not been involved in a claimed civilian casualty event in Hama governorate on this date. However an official later informed Airwars that the correct date for this allegation was February 15th 2016.
Civilians reported killed: 0
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Coalition monthly report (January 2017), Coalition monthly civcas report (February 2017),
Quality of reporting: Discounted
Coalition position: ASSESSED EVENT

 

February 4th 2016: Hit, Anbar province, Iraq

Othman Nasser Al Khairi Abdul Rahman
Othman Nasser Al Khairi Abdul Rahman

Summary: It was reported by several sources that a Coalition air strike had hit the Qalqah area of Hit City, resulting in the deaths of up to six civilians and the wounding of 11 others, most of them women and children.
Photographs obtained by the Iraqi Spring Media Center appeared to show significant damage, with a number of collapsed homes. One of the civilians killed was later named as Othman Nasser Al Khairi Abdul Rahman.
Responding to a request for clarification about possible involvement given declared UK strikes ‘around Ramadi and Fallujah’ that day, the MoD told Airwars that “after extensive research, we can confirm that there was no UK involvement” in the alleged event at Hit.
Civilians reported killed: 5-6
Reported injured: 8-11
Sources: Iraqi Revolution [Arabic], Iraqi Spring Media Center, Iraqi Spring Media Center (2) – photos of damage, Hit News [Arabic], Al A’maq Agency (close to Daesh) [Arabic], Iraqi Spring Media Center (3), Hit the City of Peace [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Fair – though no Coalition strike publicly reported in the vicinity
Coalition position: No Coalition strikes were publicly reported at Hit between February 3rd-5th 2015, although a total of seven airstrikes were reported at nearby Ramadi.

Site of an alleged Coalition airstrike February 4th 2016, which reportedly killed 6 civilians (via Iraqi Spring Media Center)
Site of an alleged Coalition airstrike at Hit on February 4th 2016, which reportedly killed 6 civilians (via Iraqi Spring Media Center)

 

February 6th 2016: Al Bosaleh village, Ramadi, Anbar province, Iraq

A Ramadi home allegedly destroyed in a lethal Coalition strike February 6 2016 (via Yaqen)
A Ramadi home allegedly destroyed in a lethal Coalition strike February 6 2016 (via Yaqen)

Summary: There were reports that two or three civilian homes in Al Bosaleh village east of Ramadi were struck by the Coalition in the morning, killing at least 17 civilians – including up to 13 from the Alibohvd clan.
Yaqen included a reported image (right) of one of the destroyed homes. However, the site also suggested that the Iraq Army may have been responsible for the fatalities.

In its July 2017 civilian casualty report, the Coalition said it could not determine involvement in the event: “Feb. 6, 2016, near Ramadi, Iraq, via Airwars report: The report contained insufficient information of the time, location and details to assess its credibility.”
Airwars has requested additional clarification.

Civilians reported killed: 17-21
Reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Iraqi Revolution [Arabic], Anbar My Home [Arabic], Yaqen Agency [Arabic], Coalition monthly casualty report (July 2017)
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: The Coalition has confirmed a number of strikes in the vicinity on February 5th-6th 2016: “Near Ramadi, three strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL heavy machine guns, an ISIL recoilless rifle, and an ISIL fuel transporter, six ISIL weapons caches, an ISIL command and control node, an ISIL front end loader, and an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) facility.”
For February 6th-7th the Coalition also reported that “Near Ramadi, three strikes [1 Canadian] struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL recoilless rifle, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), an IED cluster, an ISIL staging area, two ISIL bed down locations, and an ISIL weapons cache.

 

February 10th 2016: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary:
A reported Coalition evening strike on a Daesh pickup truck also killed at least seven civilian forced labourers, according to reports. The event took place in the main street area of Karama, a neighbourhood to the east of Mosul.
NRN News said that the civilians were being used by Daesh as forced labourers to demolish graves in the city. At the time of their deaths “they were on their way back to prison before their release.”
Civilians reported killed: 7-10, and 3 Daesh fighters
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: NRN News [Arabic], MNB News [Arabic], Almada Press [Arabic], Shafaqna [Arabic], 
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For February 10th-11th 2016, the Coalition confirmed it had targeted a vehcle in the city, reporting that “Near Mosul, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL checkpoint, seven ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL assembly area.

February 10th 2016: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: 
An alleged Coalition targeted strike on a secret ISIL medical facility reportedly killed 16 doctors, seven Daesh fighters and an unspecified number of patients according to a single source.
According to NINA, “the international Coalition carried out airstrikes in eastern Mosul which targeted a secret hospital for Daesh elements. The attack killed 16 Daesh doctors including Iraqis and Syrians, in addition to killing 7 ISIL members and their patients who were asleep at the hospital – which was in a big house.”
Civilians reported killed: 16, and 7 Daesh fighters
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: National Iraqi News Agency [Arabic], 
Quality of reporting: Weak with non combatant status of victims unclear
Coalition position: For February 10th-11th 2016, the Coalition reported that “Near Mosul, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL checkpoint, seven ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL assembly area.

 

February 13th 2016: Mahalabiya, west of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: Three children reportedly died in an alleged Coalition strike on the village of Mahalabiya, to the west of Mosul.
An anonymous source cited by Face Iraq complained that there was “constant indiscriminate shelling on the villages and areas of the city of Mosul, under the pretext of the presence of criminal elements from Daesh.”
Civilians reported killed: 3 children
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Face Iraq [Arabic], Hathalyoum [Arabic], Forataen [Arabic], 
Quality of reporting: Weak – effectively single source
Coalition position: For February 12th-13th 2016, the Coalition reported that “Near Mosul, five strikes struck three ISIL tactical units and destroyed 11 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL excavator, and an ISIL vehicle.”
And for February 13th-14th it was reported that “Near Mosul, 12 strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units, an ISIL headquarters, two ISIL financial storage centers, and two ISIL financial distribution centers and destroyed 12 ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED).

February 15th 2016: Al Qaim, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: As many as nine civilians were killed in a night time Coalition airstrike at Al Qaim.
While the US has conceded three deaths, o
ne site referred at the time to “nine dead along with destruction of civilian property, due to heavy strikes by the international Coalition at midnight yesterday on the city of Al Qaim.”
In a statement issued July 28th 2016, CENTCOM reported: “On February 15, 2016, near Al Qaim, Iraq, during a strike on an ISIL staging area, it is assessed that three civilians were killed.”

Civilians reported killed: 3-9
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Hamid Hadeed tweet [Arabic], Syrian Revolution General Intelligence Dept [Arabic], CENTCOM release, Airwars, Stars and Stripes,
Quality of reporting: CONFIRMED CASUALTY INCIDENT
Coalition position: For February 15th-16th 2016, the Coalition reported that “Near Mosul, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL bunker.

 

February 15th 2016: Near Hama, Hama governorate, Syria
Summary: In a previously unknown incident, on December 1st 2016 the Coalition said it had concluded an assessment on a posible incident ‘near Hama, Iraq.’ Officials later informed Airwars that the alleged incident in fact took place near Hama, Syria.
According to the Coalition report, “Feb. 15, 2016, near Hama, Iraq: No Coalition strikes were conducted on that day in the geographical area.”
No additional details are presently known.

Civilians reported killed: Unknown
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Coalition report (December 2016)Coalition monthly report (January 2017), Coalition monthly civcas report (February 2017),
Quality of reporting: Discounted. ASSESSED CASUALTY INCIDENT
Coalition position: For February 14th-16th 2016, the Coalition publicly reported no strikes in Hama governorate.

 

February 15th 2016: Maarat al Numan, Idlib governorate, Syria
Summary: The Russian government accused the Coalition of killing nine civilians and injuring 26 in an airstrike on an MSF hospital at Maarat al Numan. This was later denied, with a Coalition report insisting “No Coalition strikes were conducted on that day in the geographic area of the reported civilian casualties.”
According to a document and map issued by the Russian foreign ministry “
On 15 February 2016 the airstrike by the US-led coalition was delivered on the “Medecins sans frontierès” hospital near the Maared al-Nuuman village. As a result of this attack 9 people were killed and 26 wounded.”
However Russia itself – along with the Assad regime – were accused of the same incident. Shaam News Network reported that the Health Directorate in Iblib “issued a statement regarding the Russian raids that targeted field hospitals today in a rural Idlib and Aleppo. The statement said that Russian warplanes had on Monday conducted air strikes which targeted a number of villages in the provinces of Aleppo and Idlib and that the largest share in these raids was the medical facilities.
It went on to say that at “around eleven o’clock, the Russian Aviation raid targeted the Central Hospital (National) in the town of Maaret al-Numan killing three martyrs, including a nurse and a large number of wounded.
SNN also posted a video – not specific only to this incident – entitled ‘The day of the destruction of hospitals: 5 main  medical centres are out of service as a result of the planes and missiles of the Russian enemy.’
Reuters reported that “about 50 civilians were killed when missiles hit five medical centers and two schools in rebel-held Syrian towns on Monday“, according to the United Nations and local residents. The report cited the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: “Also in Marat Numan, another strike hit the National Hospital on the north edge of town, killing two nurses, the Observatory said.” But the report did not say whether Russia or the regime were responsible.
Ten images were published by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights showing “destruction by bombing by warplanes believed to be Russian on two hospitals in Maarrat al-Nu’man and its vicinity.” It said a strike on one hospital “supported by an international medical organization, killed and injured tens of people including nurses, besides missing people under the rubble which also includes nurses and doctors.” It is not clear whether these photos refer to this incident or the other incident in Maarat al Numan on this day, a strike on a MSF hospital (see entry below for February 15th).
SO4HR put the final death toll of the bombing of two hospitals (the “National hospital” which this incident refers to and the MSF hospital in the separate incident – listed below – also on February 15th) at 31 including “four children, three women citizens, and 11 doctors, nurses and laboratory specialist“.
However, the Syrian Network for Human Rights blamed shelling by the regime, which it said killed a nurse, named as Amena Hussein Al Hasan.
Civilians reported killed: 3-9
Reported injured: 26
Sources: Russian Foreign Ministry claimShaam News Network [Arabic], Shaam News Network (2) [Arabic], Reuters, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Syrian Network for Human Rights, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (2), Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (3), Shaam News Network (2) [Arabic], Coalition civilian casualty report (January 2017),
Quality of reporting: Contested. ASSESSED CASUALTY INCIDENT
Coalition position: For February 14th-16th 2016, the Coalition publicly reported no strikes in Idlib governorate. However, any unilateral US strikes against al Nusra targets in Idlib were not publicly reported by the Coalition.
Russian position: Russia has not reported any airstrikes in Idlib for February 10th – February 16th. Additionally, it published the following in response to allegations of strikes on hospitals in the governorate for this date: “…In the course of the previous day, the number of messages of the Western media concerning allegedly engaged non-military objects and victims of the Russian aviation in Syria was growing as a snowball. From one hospital in Idlib in the morning to 5 hospitals and even several schools by the end of the day. Not only in Idlib, but in Azaz (Aleppo province) too.
To achieve significant public response, all the engaged hospitals were reported as being “supported” by representatives of the “Doctors Without Borders” organization. Then, to achieve the maximum likeness with the incident of destruction of a hospital in Kunduz (Afghanistan) by the American aviation, right on cue, the word “supported” was forgotten.
By the evening live television broadcasts, the bombed objects transformed in “hospitals of “Doctors Without Borders”.
First of all, it is to be claimed that only Turkish authorities new about the fact that there had been hospitals of the “Doctors Without Borders” organization in Idlib and Azaz by the previous day. There is no information concerning these establishments anywhere including the website of the “Doctors Without Borders”.
Moreover, messages concerning the allegedly destroyed hospitals and schools in Azaz dated February 10 can be simply found on the website.
In other words, this fabrication had been prepared but not realized the day before the meeting of the heads of foreign ministries of Russia and the USA in Munich, the results of which, as the Russian Defence Ministry assumes, are so opposed by Turkey.
In the message dated February 15 concerning the allegedly destroyed hospital in Idlib, there is no photo or video of this building: neither undamaged nor destroyed. By the way, “Doctors Without Borders” document their activities very thoroughly with photos and videos in all countries.
It is to be emphasized one more time: neither Syria, nor Idlib or Aleppo; it was the Turkish city of Gaziantep near the border with Syria.
By the way, that was the city where, by a strange coincidence, the largest training camps had been organized under the aegis of the Turkish secret services for militants arriving into the country from other countries including CIS who were then sent to Syria to fight within terrorist groupings. If anybody in the Turkish Republic thinks that the Russian party does not guess that, they should not indulge in illusions.
Both messages concerning the allegedly destroyed hospitals and schools in Azaz dated February 10 and Idlib dated February 15 have the same origin – “Gaziantep. Turkey”.
The information concerning the place where these fabrications had been made has been published, apparently due to negligence of authors or editors of the website.
In conclusion, it is to be reminded one more time, that the Russian Armed Forces jointly with the partners have deployed a multi-level reconnaissance system which provides acquisition of true information 24 hours a day concerning the activities of terrorists on the territory of Syria and some of the country’s neighbours.
All the strikes on the terrorists’ objects are carried out only after multiple check of the received data and coordination of actions to exclude risks for civilians.

The Russian government accused the US-led Coalition of killing nne civilians in a strike on a hospital on February 15th 2016 (image via Russian Foreign Ministry)
Russia accused the US-led Coalition of killing nne civilians in a strike on a hospital on February 15th 2016 (image via Russian Foreign Ministry)

 

February 15th-16th 2016: Al Shadadi, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary: Reported airstrikes by the Coalition or possibly Russia on al Shadadi between midnight and dawn struck a bakery in the city killing at least 15 civilians, according to multiple reports.
Shaam News and the Syrian Network said the civilians died in a Coalition strike as they queued to buy bread at Auto Bakery, although other sources said those killed were bakery staff.
Al A’maq Media (close to Daesh) initially blamed the attack on Russia but later noted: “
Correction: a Source to al A’maq: the raids that destroyed the bakery of Shadadi killing 15 of its staff was carried out by international coalition planes, not Russian planes.” The VDC attributes the attack to Russia.
In a lengthy report [in Arabic] on the attack, the Damascus Center later cited eyewitness Nabila um Khaled:We were standing in front of the oven waiting to get the bread, everyone present was a civilian. The day before we didn’t leave the house for fear of bombing from the air… We looked to the sky and saw three or more planes flying in the air, their color almost cyan [light blue]. After less than a minute we started to tell each other that we had to leave the place and run away, because the aircraft were flying at low altitudes. But we did not have time to move. After less than a minute, as I said what we saw was a rocket hit the oven building where people were lined up. Those at the front of the line are the victims who died in the massacre. My sister and I were standing at the back, I was hit by shrapnel, and my sister was left in a serious condition, though she is now improving.”
The Coaliton later appeared to confirm it had carried out strikes in the vicinity, saying it had destroyed ‘an ISIL building’ near Al Hassakah. Heavy airstrikes had been recorded in the town in preceding days, given an imminent ground assault to recapture Al Shadadi from Daesh. In contrast, Russia did not publicly report carrying out airstrikes in Al Hassakah governorate.
Ten adult civilian male dead were later named as:
Yousef Anwar
Mohammad Anwar
Taha Khleif
Mohammad al-Haboud
Ahmad al-Mekhlef
Mahmoud Mustafa al-Khallouf
Ala’a Hussain Dkheil al-Kreiei

Qahtan al-Alawi al-Suleiman [pictured]
Taha Ajaj [pictured]
Louai Jazzar [pictured]

The Daily Beast later reported that “U.S. Central Command, which leads the U.S. military in the Middle East, is investigating the latest allegations of civilian deaths to determine if they are credible and conduct a proper military investigation, Lt. Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command, told Pentagon reporters during a briefing Thursday….Brown said he could not say whether the coalition was conducting strikes at the same time residents were alleged to have come under attack, but he noted that coalition forces “have been striking that area for the past several days.”’
Civilians reported killed: 15-28, including 4 children andf 1 woman
Reported injured: 15-24
Sources: Al A’amaq (1) [Arabic], Al A’amaq (2) [Arabic], Shaam News Network [Arabic], Reuters, Syrian Network for Human Rights, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (2), Syrian Network for Human Rights (2), Syrian Network for Human Rights (3), Al A’Amaq (3) – video of bomb site, victim recovery and reported eyewitnesses, Shaam News Network (2) [Arabic], Shaam News Network (3) [Arabic], GRAPHIC Hassakah Youth Movement (1) – body of Alaa Hussain Dkheil al-Kreiei, Hassakah Youth Movement (2) – Kahtan Al A’lawi Al Sleiman, Hassakah Youth Movement (3) – Taha Ajaj and Louai Jazzar, Hassakah Youth Movement (4) [Arabic], Orient News [Arabic], Omar al Shami blog [Arabic], Daily Beast, Zaman al Wasl [Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (3), AFP [Arabic], Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies [Arabic], Al Bawaba [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights (4) [English] [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Fair, although one source claims the strike was by the Assad regime
Coalition position: For February 15th-16th 2016, the Coalition reports that “Near Al Hasakah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL building.”
In its weekly report Russia made no public mention of airstrikes in Al Hasskah, noting that “On February 10-16, aircraft of the Russian aviation group in the Syrian Arab Republic have performed 444 combat sorties engaging 1593 terrorists’ objects in the provinces of Deir ez-Zor, Daraa, Homs, Hama, Latakia and Aleppo
.”

Kahtan Al A’lawi Al Sleiman (via Hassakah Youth Movement)
Kahtan Al A’lawi Al Sleiman (via Hassakah Youth Movement)
Taha Ajaj and Louai Jazzar (via Hassakah Youth Movement)
Taha Ajaj and Louai Jazzar (via Hassakah Youth Movement)

February 16th 2016: Ar Rayhaniyah, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: In a previously unreported incident, CENTCOM issued a statement on July 28th 2016 saying that it had injured a civilian during an airstrike: “On February 16, 2016, in Ar Rayhaniyah, Iraq near Mosul, during a strike on an ISIL vehicle, it is assessed that one person was injured along the side of the road.”
The report suggests that the US’s post strike assessments had identified the casualty.
Civilians reported killed: 0
Reported injured: 1
Sources: CENTCOM release, Airwars, Stars and Stripes,
Quality of reporting: CONFIRMED CASUALTY INCIDENT
Coalition position: For February 15th-16th 2016, the Coalition reported that “Near Mosul, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL bunker.
And for February 16th-17th, it had reported that
“Near Mosul, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL supply cache and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.”

 

February 17th 2016: Al Jayer, Abd al Aziz Mt, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary: An airstrike targeted a local taxi killing ten civilians according to sources – although there was disagreement over whether the Coalition or Russia was responsible.
According to the Hassakah Youth Movement, “the Hyundai belongs to Hussein Morei Al Atiya [who died in the attack]. Mr Atiya transports villagers to Al Hassaka on a daily basis to the goat market in the city.” It added that five of those who died were from the Al Addad family – who had recently been detained by Daesh and were only released that day.
Shaam News noted: “Activists said an anonymous aircraft believed to belong to the international alliance targeted a civilian car in a village in the area of Abd al Aziz mountain on its way to the city of Hasaka. This resulted in the deaths of ten civilian passengers and the injuring of others.”
The Syrian Network, the VDC and All4Syria instead blamed Russia.
In a detailed later report, the Damascus Center later noted: “At approximately 9:35am on Wednesday February 17 2016, the skies of  South Hasaka witnessed a squadron of fighter jets, the colours of which were white and dark white – thought by activists in the field and observers to be Russian aircraft.
Six victims were named including 2 children:
Abd al-Aziz al-Addad Abu Shahin aged 60
Faysal Abd al-Aziz al-Addad 35
Mohammad al-Hamdo 19
Rageb al-Attalah 16
Ahmad al-Hwail 14
Hosain Morei al-Atia [driver]
4 unnamed civilians from al Jayer

Civilians reported killed: 10, including 2-3 children
Reported injured: 5
Sources: Shaam News Network [Arabic], Violations Documentation Center, Hassakah Youth Movement (1) [Arabic], Hassakah Youth Movement (2) [Arabic], Hassakah Youth Movement (3) [Arabic], All4Syria [Arabic], Daily Beast, Shaam News Network [Arabic], Siraj al Hasskawi blog [Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (2), Radio Al Kul [Arabic], Al Jissr [Arabic], Syria Press Centre [Arabic], Smart News [Arabic], Syrian Human Rights Committee – list of dead [Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic], Al Arabi al Jadid [Arabic], AFP [Arabic], Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies [Arabic], Al Bawaba [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights (4) [English] [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: For February 16th-17th 2016, the Coalition reported that “Near Al Hasakah, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles, four ISIL buildings, and an ISIL fighting position.
And for February 17th-18th it reported that “Near Al Hasakah, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL building
.”
Russia has so far published no report summarisng strikes on this date.

Local TV station al Jissr covers heavy bombings in Al Hassakah (4’36) February 18th

 

February 17th 2016: Al Hazim village nr al Hawl, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary: According to the Hassakah Youth Movement, “
International Coalition planes have carried out several raids along the front lines south west of Al Hawl and targets in the village of Al Hazim. There are reports of the martyrdom of several civilians.
Shaam News also reported that Coalition airstrikes in support of Kurdish forces “led to the deaths of a number of civilian martyrs in Al Hazim.”

Civilians reported killed: 2 or more
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Hassakah Youth Movement [Arabic], Daily Beast, Shaam News Network [Arabic], Siraj al Hasskawi blog [Arabic], Al Araby Al Jadid [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For February 16th-17th 2016, the Coalition reported that “Near Al Hasakah, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles, four ISIL buildings, and an ISIL fighting position.
And for February 17th-18th it reported that “Near Al Hasakah, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL building
.”

 

February 17th 2016: Hit, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary:
Local sources claimed Coalition or Iraqi government aircraft struck the Sina’i, Bakir and Jame’iya neighbourhoods in Hit district, western Anbar, resulting in the deaths of 2 or 3 civilians and the injuring of 5 more.
Daesh-linked Al A’amaq said the strikes were the work of the Coalition. The Iraqi Spring Media Center did not specify whether the aircraft were Iraqi or Coalition, while Yagen said the attacks were the work of the Iraq Army.  
Civilians reported killed: 2-3
Reported injured: 5
Sources: Al A’amaq Agency [Arabic], Hit News [Arabic], Hit News (2) [Arabic], Iraqi Spring Media Center, Yagen [Arabic], Haji Zafar blog [Arabic], Hit the City of Peace [Arabic], Al Araby [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: For February 16th-17th 2016, the Coalition reported no airstrikes in the near vicinity of Hit.
And for February 17th-18th
it also made no public mention of strikes near Hit.

 

February 17th-18th 2016: Villages of Al Hadadiya, Tayrkham and Al Haleel nr Al Shadadi, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary: Alleged Coalition airstrikes on three or four Daesh-controlled villages killed 15 civilians including three children, according to both the Syrian Observatory and the Hassakah Youth Movement.
In a later report, the Damascus Center noted: “O
n the afternoon [of Wednesday 17th February 2016), planes likely to be the Coalition launched more than ten air strikes, affecting several civilian sites in the countryside of southern Hassakah including houses inhabited by unarmed civilians. More than 40 civilians died and nearly 70 were wounded, with the following towns south of Hassakah targeted: (Traykham,  Al Hadidiya, al Madina, Al Khalifa “Gouna”, Alhalil, Abu Vichke, Umm Hajra, Al’ammo, Alhoiesh “Albu Frio”).
Blogger Siraj al Hasskawi later issued the names of those he said had died:

Al Haleel village
Mr. Ali Zirro
His wife Hassa al Owaid Al Modhi
Mr. Ahmed Ali Zirro
His wife Sabha Abdullah al Da’as
The family of Ahmad al A’keel
The family of Hammoud al A’keel
Hanan Hammoud Al A’keel (child)
Abdul al Samad al Saleh (child)
The family of Ayed Zeib

Tayrkham village
The entire Tahmaz Family
The family of Khalaf Al Hussein
The family of Hamdan Khalfan al Ali

Abu Fishke village
Adour al Hamdan’s family

Al Hadadiya village
The home of Ibrahim Al-Ahmad

Al Immo village
Two unknown families

Civilians reported killed: 15-40, including 3 or children and 2 or more women
Reported injured: 70
Sources: AFP [French], Hassakah Youth Movement [Arabic], Daily Beast, Siraj al Hasskawi blog [Arabic], Omar al Shami blog [Arabic], Siraj al Hasskawi blog – names of victims [Arabic], Shaam News Network [Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (1), Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (2) [Arabic], Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies [Arabic], Al Bawaba [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For February 17th-18th the Coalition reported that “Near Al Hasakah, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL building.”
And for February 18th-19th the Coalition reported: “Near Al Hasakah, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL vehicles and two ISIL fighting positions.

 

February 18th 2016: Markada, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary: The Hassakah Youth Movement was among a number of sources reporting civilians killed by the Coalition at Al Markada, saying Coalition aircraft had struck a medical facility: “News in regarding people martyred following international Coalition bombing of the hospital in Markada.”

Civilians reported killed: 2 or more
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Local activist Omar al Shadadi [Arabic], Hassakah Youth Movement [Arabic], Daily Beast, Shaam News Network [Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights,
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For February 17th-18th the Coalition reported that “Near Al Hasakah, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL building.”
And for February 18th-19th the Coalition reported: “Near Al Hasakah, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL vehicles and two ISIL fighting positions.

 

February 18th 2016: Al Dashisha, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary: Two civilian brothers named as Farhan and Adnan Ali Khodar were reported killed after their motorbike was struck in an alleged Coalition airstrike.
According to trhe Damascus Center, the two brothers were buried together.
Civilians reported killed: 2
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Hassakah Youth Movement [Arabic], Daily BeastSyrian Observatory for Human Rights, Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies [Arabic], Al Bawaba [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For February 17th-18th the Coalition reported that “Near Al Hasakah, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL building.”
And for February 18th-19th the Coalition reported: “Near Al Hasakah, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL vehicles and two ISIL fighting positions.

 

February 18th 2016: Al Jareer, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary: According to reports up to nine civilians died in the village of Al Jareer 4km east of Al Shadadi, after a Coalition aircraft allegedly struck a vehicle.
According to the Union of Hassakah Youth Movement, most of those who died were women.
Ara news cited a local man it named as Hamid Al Abdullah: “The eight civilians were killed yesterday, most of them women in the bombing targeted a car they were traveling in the village of Jareer which is under the control of IS. Two women were seriously injured and were transferred to the National Hospital Hasakah, after suffering fractures in the pelvic area.” According to Abdullah, those in the car had been fleeing Coalition airstrikes elsewhere.
Civilians reported killed: 9, including 5 or more women
Reported injured: 2
Sources: Union of Hassakah Youth Movement [Arabic], Omar al Shaddy blog [Arabic], Daily BeastSyrian Observatory for Human Rights, Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies [Arabic], Al Bawaba [Arabic], Ara News [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For February 17th-18th the Coalition reported that “Near Al Hasakah, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL building.”
And for February 18th-19th the Coalition reported: “Near Al Hasakah, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL vehicles and two ISIL fighting positions.

 

February 18th 2016: Al Shadadi, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary: Multiple civilian sites in the city were allegedly targeted by Coalition F-16s and F-15Es according to reports, reportedly leading to the deaths of 12 civilians.
According to the Damascus Center, “According to field information, the raids were carried out by white and blue/gray fighter planes on civilian areas inhabited by displaced persons from Dayr ez Zawr, Aleppo and Hassakah. Those areas struck inclyuded:
– Ina’ash al Reef clinic – the only health center in the city of Shadadi
– Al Tahrir secondary school
– A’llawi al Saleh school for basic education
– Mohammad al Faress school for basic education.
– al Amal school for basic education.
– The municipal building and the building of the former Socialist Arab Baath Party operating in the town
– The former Building Directorate of the region (of the internal security forces in Syria)”
In its July 2017 civilian casualty report, the Coalition said there was not enough evidence showing civilians were killed: “Feb. 18, 2016, near Al Shadadi, Syria, via Airwars report: After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that there is insufficient evidence to find that civilians were harmed in this strike.”
Civilians reported killed: 12
Reported injured: 32
Sources: Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies [Arabic], Al Bawaba [Arabic], Ahmad Awwad – local activist [Arabic], Coalition monthly casualty report (July 2017)
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For February 17th-18th the Coalition reported that “Near Al Hasakah, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL building.”
And for February 18th-19th the Coalition reported: “Near Al Hasakah, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL vehicles and two ISIL fighting positions.

 

February 18th 2016: Ar Rutbah, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: As many as 26 civilians were reported killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike in the vicinity of Ar Rutbah, in Anbar province.
A video released by Daesh-linked Al A’amaq showed an apparent ‘double tap’ strike, when the location was again bombed shortly afterwards.
The Yagen agency reported that “aggressive Coalition strikes killed ten civilians and wounded 25 others, including women and children.” Al Araby placed the death toll at 26 civilians killed, including 9 children.
Al Araby cited
Colonel Mohammad Obeid, from the Anbar Operations Command: “Yes, we received information talking about the killing of civilians, air raids carried out by the international coalition, western Anbar”, noting that he also described the incident as “unfortunate.”
Imad al-Dulaimi, the exiled mayor of the town, was also reported as saying three missiles struck Ar Rutbah which between them led to the death and injuy of 30 civilians: “It has become irrational, demolishing a home… and killing our people for just a handful of these armed men.
Among those civilians named as killed were:
Omer Subhi Hamid Faraj
Ahmed Minawer
Saoddy Bin Abu Shakoor and his family
Salah Jubyer Kaddouri Agnyen
Among those reported injured were Bin Majeed Auda Alwar and his brother.
Civilians reported killed: 12-26, including up to 9 children and 6 women, and 15 Daesh

Reported injured: 25
Sources: Yagen [Arabic], Yagen News (2) [Arabic], GRAPHIC Al A’amaq – Secondary strike and multiple victims, Al A’amaq (2) [Arabic], Al Araby [Arabic], Iraqi Spring Media Center [Arabic], Haji Zafar blog [Arabic], Fallujah News Now [Arabic], Face Iraq [Arabic].
Quality of reporting: Possibly contested. No Coalition strikes publicly reported nearby
Coalition position: For February 17th-18th the Coalition reported a number of airstrikes in Anbar, though none publicly at Ar Rutbah.
For February 18th-19th the Coalition reported airstrikes at Hit and Ramadi.

Ar Rutbah, February 18 2016 - where up to 26 civilians were killed in alleged Coalition strike
Ar Rutbah, February 18 2016 – where up to 26 civilians were killed in alleged Coalition strike

 

February 18th 2016: Fatha north of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary:
Four civilians were reported killed and two injured during an alleged Coalition strike on the village of Fatha north of Mosul according to Al Araby, which said the bodies were transfered to a local morgue.
No additional information is presently available.
Civilians reported killed: 4

Reported injured: 2
Sources: Al Araby [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Weak – presently single source
Coalition position: For February 17th-18th the Coalition reported that “Near Mosul, one strike produced inconclusive results.”
And for February 18th-19th the Coalition reported that “Near Mosul, four strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL weapons storage facility and destroyed 12 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL excavator, and an ISIL vehicle
.”

 

February 20th 2016: عامرية الفلوجة Ameriat al Fallujah, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary:
Ameriat Al Fallujah council complained that a mistaken strike by unspecified aircraft had hit a civilian house in the village 17km south of Fallujah, which resulted in the death of one civilian and the injuring of 7 others.
According to Shaker Mahmoud, head of the council, the strike hit a house in the Heramat Amiriyah district. He also complained that “the region is controlled by Iraqi security forces and tribesmen.”
Responding to a request for clarification about possible involvement given declared UK strikes in the vicinity of Ramadi that day, the MoD told Airwars that “after extensive research, we can confirm that there was no UK involvement” in the alleged event at Ameriat al Fallujah..
Civilians reported killed: 1-2

Reported injured: 7
Sources: Face Iraq [Arabic], Al Taghier TV [Arabic], News of Iraq [Arabic], Anbar Network [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair – though unclear whether the Coalition or Iraq was responsible
Coalition position: On February 19th-20th 2016, the Coalition reported that “Near Fallujah, one strike destroyed an ISIL anti-air artillery piece.
No strikes were publicly reported near the city for February 20th-21st.

One civilian died and seven were injured in a February 20 strike near Fallujah by unidentified aircraft (via Iraq News)
One civilian died and seven were injured in a February 20th strike near Fallujah by unidentified aircraft (via News of Iraq)

 

February 23rd 2016: Al Bahsa, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria
Summary: Two civilian males named as Ahmad Salem Al A’tiya and Issa Turky Al Sulayman died in an alleged Coalition strike on a car in the village of Al Bahsa, west of al Shadadi.
Al Jazeera also noted the event: “
In Hassakah northeast Syria, activists reported the fall of two dead and several wounded in air raids on the village of Al Bahssa west of Shadadi in raids by the international coalition, where there are battles between IS and democratic forces of Syria, led by Kurdish People’s Protection Units.”
Civilians reported killed: 2
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Al Hassakah Youth Movement [Arabic], Shaam News Network [Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic], Al Jazeera [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For February 22nd-23rd 2016, the Coalition reported that “Near Al Hasakah, five strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed six ISIL buildings and suppressed two ISIL sniper positions and two ISIL fighting positions and damaged an ISIL building.
And for February 23rd-24th it stated: “Near Al Hasakah, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL buildings, an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL fighting position, and suppressed a separate ISIL mortar system.

 

February 24th 2016: Al Bukamal, Dayr ez Zawr governorate, Syria
Summary: A civilian named as Luqman Watani Al Zarzour was among up to four oil workers who died in an alleged Coalition or Russian strike on Al Bukamal, according to reports.
The attack on an oil refinery and the al Sina’a industrial area was attributed by most observers to the Coalition, while the VDC said it was Russia.
In its July 2017 civilian casualty report, the Coalition classed this incident as non-credible due to what it said was a lack of available evidence: “Feb. 24, 2016, near Abu Kamal, Syria, via Airwars report: After a review of available information it was assessed that there is insufficient evidence to find that civilians were harmed in this strike.”
Civilians reported killed: 1-4
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Syrian Network for Human Rights [Arabic and English], Violations Documentation Center, White Helmets, Dayr ez Zawr Observer [Arabic], Al Jisr Satellite TV [Arabic], Syrian Rebels Gathering [Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic], Dayr ez Zawr 24 [Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (2) [Arabic], Dayr ez Zawr is Being Slaughtered Silently [Arabic], Dayr ez Zawr is Being Slaughtered Silently (2) [Arabic], Qasioun [Arabic], Alaan TV [Arabic], Zaman Masdar [Arabic], Dayr ez Zawr 24 (2) [Arabic], Syrian Network For Human Rights report [Arabic] [English], Coalition monthly casualty report (July 2017)
Quality of reporting: Contested Russian.
Coalition position: For February 24th-25th 2016 the Coalition noted: “Near Abu Kamal, two strikes struck an ISIL modular refinery and an ISIL gas and oil separation plant.

Luqman Al Zarzour (via Syrian Network for Human Rights)
Luqman Al Zarzour (via Syrian Network for Human Rights)

 

February 25th 2016: Al Qayyarah/ Shura area, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary:
Local sources claimed that at least 13 and as many as 46 civilians from ‘ISIS families’ – including children and women – were killed when their bus was bombed between Qayarrah and Shura south of Mosul as it was trying to cross the Iraqi-syrian border. The bodies were reportedly transferred to the Forensic Medicine institution in Mosul.
According to reports the terrorist group hs been evacuating family members from Mosul to Syria in anticipation of a governbment assault.
There was some confusion in reporting. Kitabat said that 13 civilans from one family were killed, along with 46 Daesh militants. However NINA said members of eight Daesh families died.
Civilians reported killed: 13-46

Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Kitabat [Arabic], NINA [Arabic], 
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For February 24th-25th 2016, the Coalition reported that “Near Mosul, nine strikes [1 British] struck two separate ISIL tactical units, an ISIL improvised weapons factory, an ISIL IED factory, an ISIL mortar factory, and an ISIL VBIED facility and destroyed seven ISIL fighting positions, and ISIL vehicle, an ISIL light machine gun, and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.”
And for February 25th-26th, it was reported that “Near Mosul, one strike destroyed five ISIL fighting positions
.”

 

February 25th-26th 2016: Al Mayadeen, Dayr ez Zawr governorate, Syria
Summary: Two adult civilian males named as Adnan Abd al-Wahab al-Bonaia al-Jasem and Ahmad Dalf al-Saleh were reported killed in al Mayadeen in an alleged Coalition airstrike.
No additional details are presently known.

Civilians reported killed: 2
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Zaman Masdar [Arabic], Qasioun [Arabic], Violations Documentation Center,
Quality of reporting: Weak – presently few details
Coalition position: The Coalition reports one strike in the governorate for February 25th-26th 2016: “Near Abu Kamal, two strikes struck an ISIL petroleum, oil, and lubricant separation vessel and an ISIL gas and oil separation plant and crude oil collection point.”

 

February 26th 2016: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary:
Local sources reported that up to 5 civilians died, including children, when more than 30 Daesh fighters were killed and injured in alleged Coalitions strike on the Mayer garage near Baghdad Street in eastern Mosul.
According to NRN News the night time attack targeted 40 trucks being used by Daesh to transport goods between Syria and Iraq. But five non-combatants also died. Among those injured in a second strike were members of the local civil defence force attending the scene.
A propaganda video later released by Al A’amaq showed significant destruction at the site, along with a number of dead and injured civilians.
Responding to a request for clarification about possible RAF involvement given declared strikes at Mosul that day, the UK MoD told Airwars: “There is no credible indication of potential UK involvement” in the alleged event of February 26th.
On July 7th, the Coalition admitted responsibility for the incident, reporting: “Feb. 26, 2016, near Mosul, Iraq, via Airwars report: During strikes on an ISIS VBIED and weapons storage facility, it was assessed that five civilians were unintentionally killed as a result of secondary explosions.”
Civilians reported killed: 5, and 30 Daesh fighters

Reported injured: 9-11
Sources: GRAPHIC NRN News [Arabic], FoIraq [Arabic], Al A’maq – post strike video, Al A’Amaq Agency [Arabic], Iraqi Revolution [Arabic], Iraqi Spring Media Center, Yaqen [Arabic], CJTF-OIR Monthly Civilian Casualty Report (June 2017) [Archived]
Quality of reporting: CONFIRMED CASUALTY INCIDENT
Coalition position: For February 26th-27th 2016, the Coalition reported that “Near Mosul, seven strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL assembly areas, five ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL VBIED facility, and an ISIL weapons storage facility and suppressed an ISIL mortar position and two ISIL rocket fire positions.”

Burning supply trucks following a Feb 26 strike which also killed five civilians (via NRN News)
Burning supply trucks following a Feb 26 strike which also killed five civilians (via NRN News)

 

February 26th-27th 2016: Ain al A’rouss, Al Raqqah governorate, Syria
Summary: According to reports up to 16 civilians including 10 members of a family died in Ain al A’rouss “following Coalition raids.” One adult male civilian victim – the head of the family – was named by VDC as
Faeour al Abo.
According to Shaam News, Daesh targets had been struck in the town: “International coalition aircraft attacked the Al Bazza’i building in the town of Ain Al A’rouss near Tal Abyad, where elements of IS were holed up inside. This led to the destruction of the building and the killing of all those who were inside.
Another source noted: “Baladi News’s reporter confirmed that ten people including women and children were killed in the family of Mr. Fa’our Al I’bbo, when the coalition bombed their home in Ain Al A’rouss. The coalition also bombed three other houses belonging to Ismail Al I’bbo, and Hamad Mahmoud Juma’a al Hawi, which led to the displacement of the villagers to the neighboring villages.”

In a later report the Syrian Network placed the final death toll at 16, who it said died in two separate events. “First incident: Fixed-wing international coalition forces war-planes fired missiles that targeted Ein Al Arous village which resulted in the killing of 11 individuals including two children and five women:
1- Mrs. Turfah Ibrahim Al Abbo
2- Mrs. Zahra Hamad Al Kadrou
3- Ibrahim Fa’our Al Abbou
4- Ismail Fa’our Al Abbou
5- Mohammad Al Fa’our Al Abbou, child
6- Ahmad Ibrahim Al Abbou, child
7- Mohammad Ibrahim Al Abbou
8- Fa’our Ibrahim Al Abbou
9- Mrs. Rim Fa’our Al Abbou
10- Mrs. Aisha Fa’our Al Abbou
11- Mrs. Ro’a Fa’our Al Abbou
Second incident: Fixed-wing international coalition forces warplanes fired a missile that targeted a residential building in Ein Al Arous village which resulted in the killing of four individuals: Victims’ names:
1- Hamad Jomaa Hamad
2- Ismail Khalil Eneizan
3- Baran Ismail Al Eneizan, child
4- Mrs. Sifein, her surname wasn’t acquired
Raqaa is Being Slaughtered has published a picture [below] of a burning building it said was among the Deash-occupied facilities targeted.
Civilians reported killed: 15-16, including 6 women and 3 children.
Reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Shaam News Network [Arabic], Shaam News Network (2) [Arabic], Violations Documentation Center, Balaad News [Arabic], Smart News [Arabic], Syria News Desk [Arabic], Eldorar [Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights (1) [English], Syrian Network for Human Rights (2) [Arabic], Syrian Network For Human Rights report (3) [Arabic] [English], Syrian Network for Human Rights (4)
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For February 26th-27th 2016, the Coalition reported that “Near Tal Abyad, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL building.”
And for February 27th-28th it was reported that “Near 
Tal Abyad, 10 strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 23 ISIL buildings, and suppressed two ISIL tactical units, an ISIL mortar position, eight ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun position, and an ISIL rocket fire position.

One of the buildings reportedly targeted by the Coalition on February 27th in Ayn (via Raqaa is Being Slaughtered)
One of the buildings reportedly targeted by the Coalition on February 27th in Ain al A’Rouss (via Raqaa is Being Slaughtered)

February 27th 2016: محيميدة Mahimideh, Deir ez-Zor governorate, Syria
Summary: Up to three civilians were killed in an airstrike on Mahimideh according to local sources – though reports were conflicted as to whether Russia or the US-led Coalition was responsible.
Euphrates post named two fatalities as Suleiman Saleh Al A’antar (18-years-old) and Hassan al Yassin – plus a third unidentified victim. It said that Russia was responsible.
However, Al Jazeera and Lebanon360 alleged this was a Coalition strike, killing one non-combatant and wounding several more.
Civilians reported killed: 1-3
Civilians r
eported injured: 2 or more
Sources:
Deir Ezzor is Being Slaughtered Silently [Arabic], Deir Ezzor is Being Slaughtered Silently (2) [Arabic], Lebanon360 [Arabic], Alwasat-tv [Arabic], Al Jazeera [Arabic], Syriafree339 [Arabic], Euphrates Post [Arabic], Zaman Masdar [Arabic], Syria2011 [Arabic],
Quality of reporting:
Contested – two sources allege this was a Coalition raid.
Russian position:
Russia has published no known record of strikes in Syria from February 17th – February 29th.

Coalition position: No strikes were reported in the vicinity for February 26th-28th 2016.

March 2016

March 2nd-3rd 2016: Ar Raqqah, Al Raqqah governorate, Syria
Summary: Airstrikes in the Al Hosh and al Fouroussiya areas of Raqqah killed at least three civilians including a child according to reports – although it was unclear whether the attack was the work of Russia or the Coalition. Ten Daesh fighters were also said to have been killed.
The Syrian Observatory reported in English that “Rose to 3 the number of civilians who were killed by aerial bombardment by the coalition warplanes targeted the city of al-Raqqa.” However in its Arabic report the group stated it “did not know whether it was the Russians or an international coalition.” Qasioun also said “local sources from within the city confirmed that the nature of the raids suggest that the fighters belonged to the international airline alliance.” All other sources blamed Russia.
Syria News for example reported that “Russian jets launched five raids, two of them with cluster bombs on the Al I’laf building and the area of al Fouroussiya club [riding club] and near the water company south and west of the city.” According to their source 7 civilians died including two children, with 35 others injured.
Civilians reported killed: 3-7, including 1-2 children
Reported injured: 35
Sources: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (2) [Arabic], Syria News [Arabic], Qasioun [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: For March 1st-2nd 2016 the Coalition reported that “Near Ar Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL security headquarters.”
No Coalition strikes were reported in the city for March 2nd-3rd.

 

March 5th-6th 2016: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: At least 21 civilians including 13 children reportedly died after an alleged night time Coalition strike on an abandoned factory in Mosul, which was being used by Daesh. The Coalition later said it had targeted an ‘ISIL weapons producton facility’ in the city. This may also have been linked to the terror group’s chemical weapons programme according to a later report by the New York Times.
The US admitted seven months later that it had killed 10 civilians in the attack – at the time the highest ever publicly admitted civilian toll from a strike: “N
ear Mosul, Iraq, on a strike against an ISIL weapons production facility it is assessed that 10 civilians were killed.”
According to NRN News “the Coalition targeted an old industrial plant in eastern Mosul, killing 10 Daesh militants… Our correspondent also said that the bombing killed and wounded more than 20 civilians from displaced families from western Sunni areas, who were living in the buildings.”

Hamrin News later named the dead as:
Ali Fathi Zeidan Al- Manaawi and his wife
Hussein Ali Fathi Zeidan and his wife and six children
Hassan Ali Fathi Zeidan and his wife and three children
Ghazala Ali Fathi Zeidan, her husband and her three children
Daughter of Ali Fathi Zeidan (aged 10 or younger)
In a Daesh propaganda video issued four months later, UK journalist John Cantile gave the death toll as 24, reporting from the site: “These were shops, houses and small markets. 24 people were killed, two entire families were wiped out and the houses of one of those families… is just a crater.”
Civilians reported killed: 21-24 including children, and 10 Daesh fighters
Reported injured: 2
Sources: NRN News [Arabic], Al A’amaq Agency [Arabic], MNB [Arabic], Hamrin News [Arabic], New York Times, GRAPHIC NRN News Special – photos of dead and injured [Arabic], Daesh propaganda video, CENTCOM casualty admission (November 2016),
Quality of reporting: CONFIRMED U.S. CASUALTY EVENT
Coalition position: For March 5th-6th 2016 the Coalition reported that “Near Mosul, two strikes struck an ISIL weapons production facility and destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED).

Unnamed child victim of reported Coalition strike on Mosul March 5th (via NRN News)
Unnamed child victim of reported Coalition strike on Mosul March 5th (via NRN News)

 

March 7th 2016: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: A l
ocal source claimed that six civilians were killed from one family, after two missiles allegedly from Coalition jets struck their home in the Shura district south of Mosul.
According to Yaqen News, the local Mosul source who reported the deaths also added that “indiscriminate bombardment by Coalition aircraft operations has increased dramatically recently, and led to the deaths of many civilians.”
Civilians reported killed: 6
Reported injured: 2
Sources: Yaqen News [Arabic], Forataen [Arabic], Almaalomah [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Weak – effectively single source
Coalition position: For March 6th-7th 2016, the Coalition reported that “Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
For March 7th-8th, the Coalition reported that “Near Mosul, three strikes struck two ISIL headquarters and destroyed an ISIL assembly area.”

 

March 7th 2016: Hit, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: Twelve civilians reportedly died when their homes were struck in alleged Coalition airstrikes at Hit – although no strikes were publicly declared in the near vicinity.
According to local media, among those killed ‘in Coalition strikes’ were Hadi Hassan Jihad, Bashar Hadi Jihad and five other family members with several more wounded, near the secondary school for girls in Jamyiah neighbourhood; and Fadel Awad Alasaffi and his wife, who died when the nearby Meteorological Department was bombed.
Responding to a request for clarification about possible involvement given declared UK strikes in western Iraq that day, the MoD told Airwars that “after extensive research, we can confirm that there was no UK involvement” in the alleged event at Hit.
Civilians reported killed: 12
Reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Hit News [Arabic], News from Hit [Arabic], Hit News (2) [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Fair, though no Coalition strikes publicly reported in near vicinity
Coalition position: For March 6th-7th 2016, the Coalition reported strikes in both Fallujah and Ramadi.
And for March 7th-8th, the Coalition reported strikes in Fallujah, Haditha and Ramadi.

Bashar Hadi Jihad, killed in an alleged Coalition strike at Hit March 7th 2016 (via News From Hit)
Bashar Hadi Jihad, killed in an alleged Coalition strike at Hit March 7th 2016 (via News From Hit)

 

March 9th 2016: Asriya near Hit, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: In a major mass casualty incident, 69 civilians were reported killed and 100 injured after Coalition or possibly Iraq government aircraft allegedly struck the village of Asriyah. All of the victims were said to be from the Al Bojaber tribe.
According to al Rafidain and other sources, fifteen of those killed were said to be from the Al Jabri family, including head of the household Matar Dayih Kattah Al Jabri. Only one member of the family reportedly survived, a baby named as Malak Juma Al Jabri.
Sheikh Zeidan Al Jabri, the chief sheikh of the Al Bijaber tribe, told Al Jazeera that his tribe members had stayed at their homes in Asriyah village during a nearby government offensive against Daesh. He claimed international Coalition and Iraqi forces had targeted them with airstrikes and killed dozens, mostly children and women.
There were claims that medical personnel were initially prevented by the Iraq Army from entering the town, because it had been classed as a military operations area.
News of Iraq said the attack was the work of both the Coalition and the Iraq military.
The event inflamed local opinion, including the Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq which blamed the US-led Coalition: “
The United States is responsible for everything that happens in Iraq for crimes against humanity and violations of terrible human rights, which was and still is responsible for every drop of blood being shed on the land of Iraq.”

And local Sunni political leader Mahmoud al Daham called for legal action against the Coalition: “I ask for the formation of a team of voluntary lawyers to work in international courts to condemn this action, and to hold those responsible negligent according to international law and to demand compensation for the victims and the injured in this heinous crime.
Responding to a request for clarification about possible involvement given declared UK strikes in the Euphrates Valley that day, the MoD told Airwars that “after extensive research, we can confirm that there was no UK involvement” in the alleged event at Asiriya.
Civilians reported killed: 69
Reported injured: 100
Sources: Al Rafidain [Arabic], Anbar My Home [Arabic], Iraqi Spring Media Center, Iraqi Revolution [Arabic], News of Iraq [Arabic], Baghdad News 35 [Arabic], Supporters of Sheikh Kamis [Arabic], Kuttab Iraq [Arabic], Video – Al Jazeera [Arabic], Iraq 4 All [Arabic], Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq [Arabic], Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq (2) [Arabic], Mahmnoud al Daham Facebook page [Arabic], Hit Newsgroup [Arabic], GRAPHIC Abubakkar Bled blog [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Fair – though possibly Iraq military
Coalition position: For March 9th-10th 2016 the Coalition reported that “Near Ramadi, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL heavy machine guns, two ISIL supply caches, 11 ISIL improvised explosive devices (IED), three ISIL vehicles, an ISIL VBIED, and denied ISIL access to terrain.”

 

March 9th-10th 2016: خشام Khusham, Deir ez-Zor governorate, Syria

Shaymaa Hasan al A’mmar, killed in an alleged Coalition or Russian strike on Khusham, March 10th 2016 (via With God's Help We Will Triumph)
Shaymaa Hasan al A’mmar, killed in an alleged Coalition or Russian strike on Khusham, March 10th 2016 (via With God’s Help We Will Triumph)

Summary: At least two civilians including a girl and a woman died in airstrikes on the town of Khusham. While the majority of the sources allege that this was a Coalition incident, other reports say Russia was responsible.
According to Free Deir Ezzor, Russian raids targeting oil fields in Khusham killed two civilians displaced from Qaryatain, Homs: “Abir Mohamamd al Farrah and the child Shaymaa Hassan al Ammar“. It claimed that the death toll had reached 20, including eight children – though no other sources alleged this tally. A tweet by With God’s Help We Will Triumph and Al Qaryatain Round the Clock also blamed Russia.

However, according to a tweet by Rania Daughter of Douma, these two people died in an alleged Coalition raid. Other sources also alleged that the Coalition was responsible. These included Homs Deir Ba’alba and Syria Rebels Gathering. Hassan Kanjo, self-described as an independent journalist, reported “a very violent bombing the extent of which has never been seen before in the city of Deir Ezzor by coalition planes“, while Aletihad Press said that Coalition warplanes carried out several raids killing “a number of civilians” including the six-year-old girl. The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that “two civilians from the province of Homs were killed in a strike on the city of Deir Ezzor” – and said that the Coalition carried out the raid.
Homs Media Center and SYRCU were among other sources blaming the Coalition, however, Shouqi Sabra said that Russia was responsible.
Civilians reported killed: 2- 20, including 1-8 children and 1 woman
Civilians reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: With God’s Help We Will Triumph [Tweet] [Arabic], Rania Daughter of Douma [Tweet] [Arabic], Violations Documentation Center, Violations Documentation Center (2) Homs Deir Ba’alba [Arabic], Al Qaryatain Round the Clock [Arabic], Hassan Kanjo [self-described as an independent journalist] [Arabic], Aletihad Press [Arabic], Syrian Rebels Gathering [Arabic], Free Deir Ezzor broadcast [Arabic], Committees for the Defence of Democracy Freedoms and Human Rights in Syria [Arabic], The Syrian Human Rights Committee [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights [English], Syrian Network for Human Rights [Arabic], Homs Media Center [Arabic], [Archived], SYRCU [Arabic], [Archived], Amer Hwedi [Arabic], [Archived], Shouqi Sabra [Arabic], [Archived], Media Center Dier Baalaba [Arabic], [Archived], Media Network of Dier Baalaba (2) [Arabic], [Archived], Ali Abo Hissin [Arabic],
Quality of reporting:
Contested – most sources allege that these were Coalition strikes
Russian position:
Russia has published
no known record of strikes in Syria for March 1st to March 30th.
Coalition position: No Coalition strikes were publicly reported in Deir ez Zawr governorate between March 8th-11th 2016.

 

March 12th 2016: Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
Summary: According to Al A’amaq Media – linked to Daesh – “
A child and his father were killed in a raid by an unmanned American plane on the outskirts of Raqqa city.”
No other sources in the city reported civilian casualties. However Raqqa is Being Slaughtered did note that “An unmanned plane targets a Daesh pickup truck east of the city of Raqqa in Al Mashlab neighbourhood.”
In its July 2017 civilian casualty report, the Coalition said there was not enough evidence showing civilians were killed: “Mar. 12, 2016, near Raqqah, Syria, via Airwars report: After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that there is insufficient evidence to find that civilians were harmed in this strike.
Civilians reported killed: 2, including 1 male child
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Al A’amaq Media [Arabic], Raqaa Is Being Slaughtered Silently [Arabic], Coalition monthly casualty report (July 2017)
Quality of reporting: Weak – single source. Coalition has classed as Non Credible on grounds of available evidence
Coalition position: For March 12th-13th 2016, the Coalition has confirmed that “Near Ar Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

 

March 13th 2016: Abu Kalkal, SE of Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria
Summary: Two civilians were reported killed in an airstrike on the town of Abu Kalkal. Opinion was split as to whether the attack was Russian, Coalition or Syrian regime in origin.
Daesh-linked Al A’amaq Media, the Syrian Observatory, the Syrian Network, the Syrian Human Rights Committee, Shaam News and al Hall Media all said the attack was by the Coalition.
Free Syria TV, Baladi News and Qasioun described the event as the work of Russia. And al Souria insisted that “warplanes belonging to the regime carried out raids on the two villages of Abu Kalkal and Al A’rima… which led to the death of 4 people and the injury of others.”
Civilians reported killed: 2
Reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Al A’amaq Media [Arabic], Free Syria TV [Arabic], Al Souria [Arabic], Al Hall Media [Arabic], Qasioun [Arabic], Baladi News [Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic], Syrian Human Rights Committee [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights, Shaam News Network [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights (2) [English], Syrian Network for Human Rights [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Contested, though most likely Coalition
Coalition position: For March 12th-13th 2016,the Coalition reported that “Near Manbij, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL anti-air artillery piece, three ISIL vehicles, an ISIL mortar position, and an ISIL fighting position.”
And for March 13th-14th it was reported that “Near Manbij, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle
.”

March 14th 2016: Jakka, northern Aleppo governorate, Syria
Summary: A single source, the Daesh-linked Al A’amaq Media, reported an alleged ‘friendly fire’ event in the village of al Jakka: “A
n American plane carries out a raid by mistake on a position for the armed opposition on the outskirts of the village of Jakka in the northern Aleppo countryside, leading to deaths in their ranks.”
Earlier in the day Al A’amaq had reported a major assault on the Daesh-held location, claiming that “American planes and Turkish artillery are bombing the village of Jakka in the northern Aleppo countryside, while Syrian opposition forces try to storm it.”
Friendly forces reported killed: 2 or more
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Al A’amaq Media [Arabic], Al A’amaq Media (2) [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Weak – presently single source. Possible propaganda
Coalition position: For March 13th-14th 2016 there was no public mention by the Coalition of strikes in the vicinity.
The Coalition declared no strikes in Aleppo governorate in its report for March 14th-15th.

March 15th 2016: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary:
Local sources said at least four and as many as 13 civilians were killed and 25 injured including children and women, after alliance jets struck residential apartments used by displaced people in the Alaymen district of eastern Mosul.
The National Iraqi News Agency reported: “residents said that international coalition aircraft bombed a residential compound belonging to the families of Mosul people which resulted in the deaths of 13 civilians, including three children and five women and wounding three women.
In what may be the same or a separate Mosul incident that day, NRN News and the Islamic State-linked Al A’amaq reported four or five civilian deaths, after aircraft were said to have targeted the Gulf Commercial Bank in the Dara Lakshman area. Five civilians were also said to have been injured, while four Daesh fighters reportedly died.
Civilians reported killed: 4-18, including 3 children and 5 women
Reported injured: 5-30
Sources: Iraqi Revolution [Arabic], Baghdadi.net [Arabic], Al A’amaq Agency (Daesh-linked) [Arabic], MosulYoon [Arabic], NRN News [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Fair – though no matching Coalition strikes publicly reported
Coalition position: For March 14th-15th 2016 the Coalition reported that “Near Mosul, four strikes [1 French] struck an ISIL training camp and two ISIL improvised explosive device factories and destroyed four ISIL assembly areas.”
For March 15th-16th
the Coalition has publicly reported no airstrikes on Mosul.

NRN news identifies the sites of two alleged Coalition airstrikes on Mosul which reportedly killed civilians march 15th
NRN news identifies the sites of two alleged Coalition airstrikes on Mosul which reportedly killed civilians March 15th

March 18th-19th 2016: Hawijah, Kirkuk province, Iraq
Summary: Up to 41 civilians were allegedly killed and 53 injured in an airstrike on Hawijah which was said to have struck the city’s main market and hospital.
The Daesh-linked Al A’amaq Agency initially reported the “Killing of four [civilians] and the wounding of 10 – most of them women and children – in an air strike targeting a market in the town.” Subsequent reports said the town’s main hospital was also targeted – and was “completely destroyed” according to one source. Mass casualties were claimed.
Some local sources claim the event was an act of ‘revenge’ following the earlier shooting down of an Iraqi military aircraft. A Daesh propaganda video titled ‘Iraqi Air Strikes on Hospital’ showed extensive destruction and casualties.
Only after the reported strike on the hospital did local media begin blaming the Coalition, insisting there were as many as 100 civilian dead and injured. One source – Dijlah TV – claimed the event was a jont Iraqi-Coalition raid which had mistakenly bombed the hospital.
In its July 2017 civilian casualty report, the Coalition denied involvement in the incident: “Mar. 18, 2016, near Hawijah, Iraq, via Airwars report: After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographic area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.”
Civilians reported killed: 41
Reported injured: 53
Sources: Al A’Amaq Agency (Daesh linked) [Arabic], Iraqi Revolution [Arabic], Hawijah News [Arabic], Hawijah News (2) [Arabic], Hawijah Now [Arabic], Iraqi Revolution (2) [Arabic], Salah al-Din Revolution [Arabic], Herak News [Arabic], GRAPHIC Video – ‘March 19th – Iraqi Air Strikes on Hospital’ (Daesh propaganda), Dijlah TV [Arabic], Al Jazeera report [Arabic], Coalition monthly casualty report (July 2017)
Quality of reporting: Discounted by Coalition which says it did not strike in the near vicinity. Likely to have been an Iraqi military event
Coalition position: For March 18th-19th 2016, the Coalition reported that “Near Al Huwayja, one strike destroyed an ISIL anti-air artillery piece.”

Daesh propaganda video blames the Iraq military for the attack

 

March 18th 2016:الرقة‎ Ar Raqqah, Ar Raqqah governorate, Syria
Summary: Between 15 and 20 civilians including up to eight children and five women died in airstrikes on Ar Raqqah, according to multiple local sources – though reports were conflicted as to whether this was the work of Russia or the Assad regime – with one source suggesting the warplanes responsible may have belonged to the Coalition.
According to the Daesh agency Al A’maq,  Russian raids targeted five locations in the city (including near a mosque), killing 17 civilians including five women and seven children, in addition to wounding 35 more. It added that the incident occurred “a day after the killing of five Russian soldiers at the hands of the Islamic State fighters during the battles near the city of Palmyra in the Homs countryside.The source also posted photographs of some of the slain Russian soldiers.
Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently published numerous posts on the incident, though reporting was confused. It initially referred only to “warplanes” and did not say who they belonged to. However subsequent reports blamed the regime, while another post referred to the “massacres of the Russian aviation on Raqqa(referring also to an incident the following day – March 19th – in Raqqa). It said that there had been eight raids targeting residential neighborhoods, including the following locations:
1. The buildings near Al Amin nursery in  Al Thakana nursery

2. The area near Sanaa Mouhaidali nursery north of the town centre
3.
Almojma’a Square

4. Behind Rabiea new school
5. Archaeological market area near the cemetery of Hittin
6. Silos area
7. Neighborhood of althukna
8. The Wall area
9. Police station
10. Behind al Hanni mosque
11. Behind al Mansouri mosque
RBSS put the overall death toll at 20 including five women and seven children with nearly 30 wounded, some in critical condition. It noted the severity of the situation: “the medical sector in Raqqa is paralyzed and relying on all the private hospitals that do not have big absorptive ability to receive the injured and the shortage of medical staff in those hospitals in addition to the scarcity of medicines and the lack of any possibility to transport the injured out of Raqqa.”
In its own initial reports, Shaam News said that Russian strikes coincided with worshipers leaving afternoon prayers, killing 20 civilians. However, in a third report, SNN said the strikes could have been the work of either Russia or the Coalition: “Raqqa city under the control of IS has witnessed an escalated [sic] of the air campaign during the past two days which is still ongoing, where the city came under dozens of air raids from aircraft believed to be either  Russian or an international coalition.”
The Syrian Network for Human Rights blamed regime warplanes, putting the death toll at at least 15 victims including 7 children and 5 women, adding that they were killed in the Al Thakana neighborhood.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights,  at least 16 people were killed including eight children and five women, but added that is was “unknown if they were Russian, Syrian regime or International coalition warplanes“.
Ten victims were listed by RBSS as:

The young man Mounaf Abd Al Aziz
Ali Ibrahim al Hareeth and his sister
The wife of Abdallah al Rashed and his son Ahmad al Rashed
Khaled Al Hamada – child, 10 years old
Mohammad Al Khaled Al Qadroua – child
Mohammad Izz al din al Nazal – child [pictured below]
Zahra al Faihan and her son Mohammad Abdallah Al Rashed
Civilians reported killed: 15-20, including 7-8 children and 4-5 women
Civilians reported injured:
25-40

Sources: Al A’maq [Arabic], Al A’maq (2) [Arabic], Al A‘maq (3) [Arabic], Al A‘maq (4) [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights, Syrian Network for Human Rights (2), Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (1) (RBSS) [Arabic], RBSS (2) [Arabic], RBSS (3) [Arabic], RBSS (4) [Arabic], RBSS (5) [Arabic], RBSS (6) [Arabic], RBSS (7) [Arabic], RBSS (8) [Arabic], RBSS (9) [Arabic], RBSS (10) [Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (2), Shaam news Network [Arabic], Shaam News Network (2) [Arabic], RBSS (11) [Arabic], RBSS (12) [Arabic], Shaam News Network (3), RBSS (13) [Arabic], RBSS (14) [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights (3), RBSS (15) [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights (4), Baladi [Arabic], [Archived], Sinnews [Arabic], [Archived], Raqqa Post [Arabic], [Archived], All4Syria [Arabic], [Archived], Alsouria [Arabic], [Archived], Syrian news desk [Arabic], [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic], [Archived], Majid_aboryan [Arabic], [Archived], GRAPHIC: Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently [Arabic], [Archived], Dorar elshami [Arabic], [Archived], Zuzamioluva [Arabic], [Archived], Raqqa_Sl [Arabic], [Archived], Engmhussein1 [Arabic], [Archived],
Quality of reporting:
Contested – some sources blame regime, while SNN and the Syrian Observatory suggest that this may be a Coalition incident.
Russian position:
Russia has published no known record of strikes in Syria for March 1st to March 30th.
Coalition position:
The Coalition has publicly reported no strikes in Raqqah governorate between March 17th-19th 2016.

'The child Mohammad Eiz Al Din Nazzal from Al Thakana neighborhood in Raqqa city, died in March 25, due to his wounds from regime warplanes shelling on Al Thakana neighborhood in March 18.' (via SN4HR)
‘The child Mohammad Eiz Al Din Nazzal from Al Thakana neighborhood in Raqqa city, died in March 25, due to his wounds from regime warplanes shelling on Al Thakana neighborhood in March 18.’ (via SN4HR)

March 19th 2016: الرقة‎ Ar Raqqa, Ar Raqqa governorate, Syria
Summary:
In a second day of airstrikes on Raqqa, 43 civilians were reported killed and 60 injured – though sources are conflicted as to whether this was the work of Russia or the Assad regime – with one report suggesting this may be a Coalition incident.
The Daesh agency Al A’maq said there had been nine raids by Russia on various “crowded” neighborhoods in the city, killing 43 and wounding 60. They published graphic footage of the event. Al Jazeera also blamed Russia, reporting that warplanes had carried out nine raids, killing more thna 40 and injuring dozens more.
An initial report by Shaam News Network spoke of a “terrible massacre against unarmed civilians conducted by air raids thought to be Russian“. However, a second report said this was either a Russian or Coalition incident: “…the city came under dozens of air raids from aircraft believed to be a Russian or an international coalition.” A subsequent report by SNN also referred to the incident in Raqqa on March 18th, adding: “Activists said the air raids targeted civilian areas and public squares directly away from the headquarters of the organization, resulting in 20 martyrs yesterday [March 18th], but today more than 20 have been killed and dozens more wounded, packing the hospitals in the city.” It said that the focus of the airstrikes was “on Karnak Square in Tel Abiyad Street and Al Ferdous neighbourhood, Al Mourour street and Al Sina’iya area and al Thakana“.
Initial reports by Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently did not say who who carried out the raids, though  further reports alleged Russia was responsible for nine strikes – killing 43 civilians and wounding 60 more – which targeted the following areas:
1.Alkarnak Square in Tel Abyad Street – targeted with three missiles, one of them behind behind Alandalus bakery, another on the square and a third on Alkarnak mall.

2. Alssinaea area
3. The area next to Alnnawawi mosque.
4. The park of 4th of April, Alsleby building
5. Neighborhood of althukna – Hospitality Palace Road
6. Alfirdaws neighborhood – the Chamber of Commerce – the corner of the children’s park
9. National Hospital
10. Panorama area
However, the Syrian Network for Human Rights said that the regime was to blame:”The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) has accused the Assad regime of targeting civilian areas in IS-controlled areas. It said that the regime carried out airstrikes against Raqqa, an IS stronghold, on March 18 and 19, killing 32 civilians, including six children. The targets were civilian areas, with no military or weapons facilities in the vicinity.”
Sky News – citing the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights – reported: “At least 39 people, including five children and seven women, were killed in an air strike which targeted several areas in the Syrian city of Raqqa.The Syrian Observatory said it was unclear whether the warplanes were Russian regime.”
Both the BBC and France24 also cited the Observatory in their reports.
RBSS named the following victims:
Issa Al Karat – an agricultural engineer (also named by SN4HR)
Abdallah Mahmoud al Nijm – killed in a raid that targeted Al Mourour street (also named by SN4HR)
Ibrahim Al Rawaba, – “70 years old, after he was hit with shrapnel in his head which caused him a coma following the bombing a week ago near the police gas station“.
Additionally, an individual called Alaa Al Fahad posted a reply on RBSS with a photo of a victim: “Mohammad Khalaf Al Zagheer martyred yesterday in the criminal regime bombing on Raqqa. He is from the village of al Assadiya“.
Raqqa Post named an additional nine victims as:
Ammar Al-Mufdi
Mohammed Al-Rashed and his mother, Zahra
Ruba and Amira, daughters of Abu Waddah Al-Sukhni
Um Muhannad, wife of Haj Mohammed
Aziza Al-Qadro
Hamudi, son of Abu Mohammed
Ali, son of Um Waddah
Civilians reported killed: 39-43, including 5 children and 7 women
Civilians reported injured:
60

Sources: Al A’maq [Arabic], Al A’maq (2) [Arabic], Shaam News Network [Arabic], Shaam News Network (2) [Arabic], Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) [Arabic], Shaam News Network (3) [Arabic], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, RBSS (2) [Arabic], RBSS (3) [Arabic], RBSS (4) [Arabic], RBSS (5) [Arabic], RBSS (6) [Arabic], RBSS (7) [Arabic], GRAPHIC: Al A’maq (3) [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights, RBSS (8) [Arabic], Shaam News Network (4) [Arabic], Alaa Al Fahad [commenter on RBSS thread] [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights (2), Syrian Network for Human Rights (3), RBSS (9) [Arabic], RBSS (10) [Arabic], Syrian Network for Human Rights (4), Al Jazeera [Arabic], Sky News [Arabic], Alaraby [Arabic], BBC [Arabic], France24 [Arabic], Arabi21 [Arabic], Raqqa Post [Arabic], Baladi [Arabic],
Quality of reporting:
Contested – some sources blame regime, while one report by SNN suggests this may be a Coalition incident.
Russian position:
Russia has published no known record of strikes in Syria for March 1st to March 30th.
Coalition position:
The Coalition has publicly reported no strikes in Raqqah governorate between March 18th-19th 2016.

The al Lailat building in al Thakana neighbourhood, Raqqa, after it was targeted by a raid on Mar 19th (via RBSS)
The al Lailat building in al Thakana neighbourhood, Raqqa, after it was targeted by a raid on March 19th 2016 (via RBSS)
'The agricultural engineer Issa Al Karat martyred in the air raids on the city of Raqqa this morning [Mar 19th]' (via RBSS)
‘The agricultural engineer Issa Al Karat martyred in the air raids on the city of Raqqa this morning [March 19th 2016]’ (via RBSS)

March 19th 2016: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

Raed Abu Ahmed (via MNN)
Raed Abu Ahmed, killed in reported Coalition mass raid on Mosul March 19th (via MNN)

Summary: At least 15 civilians were claimed killed alongside 40 or more Daesh fighters, in a major Coalition air raid on Mosul.
NRN News first flashed at around noon local time “the fall of dozens of civilians by bombings on both sides of the city. More soon.”
In a later bulletin the news agency said the Coalition had struck three sites in the city. The first was a cafe near Mosul’s Office of Marriage Contracts, which according to NRN “
is a favorite meeting place for foreign elements in Daesh.”

Following an initial attack “people gathered around the place to help the wounded. But a second missile led to a fall of more than fifty civilians among the dead and injured.” NRN later placed the civilian death toll here at 25. Up to 40 fighters also reportedly died.
A second series of airstrikes was said to have targeted the University of Mosul’s campus. According to NRN “our correspondent says that the second bombing targeted the presidency of the University of Mosul building, killing Daesh’s Minister of Higher Education in addition to the killing and wounding of more than 50 others, including foreigners. Planes also bombed another building on campus, a Faculty of Engineering building where mechanics worked on improvised explosive devices and explosives.” A later single source report claimed that as many as 90 students were killed in this attack, with 155 seriously injured.
A third site in the east of the city at Camp Ghazlani was also reportedly bombed.
Governor of Nineveh Province Nofal Sultan later blamed the Coalition for “dozens of civilian deaths.” He also called for the Coalition to improve the accuracy of its strikes, noting that 2 million ordinary Iraqis were still trapped in Mosul.
The Coalition later confirmed it had carried out the strikes, with spokesman Colonel Steve Warren noting that alleged civiliabn casualties were under investigation.
In a Daesh propaganda video issued four months later, UK reporter John Cantile gave what appears to be ISIL’s own civilian casualty estimate for the event – noting that 15 civilians died with 103 injured.

Ashraf (via NRN)
Ashraf (via NRN)

Among those civilians named as killed were
Raed Abu Ahmed (pictured above)
Haitham Abu Maryam – who worked at the Sunni Waqf directorate
A father of two named as Ashraf (pictured left)
Mahmood Abu Shaker was among those reportedly badly injured.
Civilians reported killed: 15-25, and 30-40 Daesh fighters
Reported injured: 30-103
Sources: NRN News [Arabic], Adhamiya News [Arabic], NRN News (2) [Arabic], Tikrit Events [Arabic], Iraqi Revolution [Arabic], Al A’Amaq Agency (Daesh linked) [Arabic], Mosul Network [Arabic], Nineveh News [Arabic], Al A’Amaq Agency (2) [Arabic], Photo – Al Ghad FM [Arabic], NRN News (3) [Arabic], NRN News (4) [Arabic], Iraqyoon [Arabic], Yaqen [Arabic], Iraqi Spring Media Centre, Mosul Kadema [Arabic], Yagyenah [Arabic], GRAPHIC Video – Massive air attacks on Mosul (Daesh), Al Ghad FM [Arabic], Nesan News [Arabic], Nayna Waalghad TV [Arabic], Yagen (2) [Arabic], MNN [Arabic], Al Hadath PC News [Arabic], MNN (2) [Arabic], Almaalomah [Arabic], Al Jazeera report [Arabic], Daily Mail, Airwars, Coalition press conference, Mosul Kadema (2) [Arabic], Mosul News Network [Arabic], VICE News, CNN, Vocativ, Iraq Newspaper [Arabic], Daesh propaganda video, Coalition monthly casualty report (July 2017),
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For March 19th-20th 2016., the Coalition reported that “Near Mosul, six strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL assembly area, an ISIL supply cache, and three ISIL vehicles and damaged an ISIL-used bridge section and suppressed an ISIL fighting position.
Spokesman Colonel Steve Warren confirmed on March 21st
that the Coalition had carried out the strikes, and that the alleged civilian casualties were being investigated.

Reported Coalition strike on Mosul March 19th 2016 (via Al Ghad FM)
Reported Coalition strike on Mosul March 19th 2016 (via Al Ghad FM)
One of a number of massive airstrikes to target central Mosul on March 19th (via Daesh propaganda)
One of a number of massive airstrikes to target central Mosul on March 19th (image via Daesh propaganda)

 

March 22nd 2016: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

A banner atr Mosul University mourns the death of Profesor Fadia Muwaffaq al-Hayali in an alleged Coalition strike
A banner at Mosul University mourns the death of Professor Fadia Muwaffaq al-Hayali in an alleged Coalition strike

Summary: In a fresh day of reported Coalition airstrikes on Mosul University, local sources said three university professors and some of their families were killed and many other civilians wounded, after jets hit academic residences. Up to 15 Daesh fighters also reportedly died.
Heavy Coalition acivity above the city was reported from dawn onwards. Yagen was among the news outlets reporting that strikes on “professors’ residences” killed eight civilians. Radio Zuhor claimed that “One university professor recognized his wife from her hand only, specifically a wedding ring, after her body was torn to shreds.”
ARA News reported an eyewitness within Mosul as saying that “dozens of Daesh elements have been killed in an intense aerial bombardment by Coalition aircraft targeting the University of Mosul – where the organization responded by using anti-aircraft from inside residential neighborhoods, while indifferent to the consequences.”
Among those reported killed were:
Professor Fadia Muwaffaq al-Hayali from the Faculty of Science. A tribute from her department reads: “The College of Science mourns its professor Fadia Muwaffak Athialy who died as result of bombing of University of Mosul apartments. We ask God to include her in paradise.”
Dr. Ziad and his wife and three children
Professor Dr. Dhafer Ramadan Al Badrani and his wife and daughter. Dr Al Badrani was the former dean of the College of Computer and Arithmetic Sciences at the university. His other four children reportedly survived because they were elsewhere during the attack.

Qusay Muthafar Jalaleddin, Professor of Arabic Language and Literature at the university – though one report said he instead died in the Coalition’s March 19th attack on the university.
An employee of the university named only as Haitham
In its July 2017 civilian casualty report, the Coalition deemed the incident non-credible due to insufficient evidence:  “Mar. 22, 2016, near Mosul, Iraq, via Airwars report: After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that there is insufficient evidence to find that civilians were harmed in this strike.”
Based on available evidence, Airwars continues to assess this event as fair – and has requested additional clariufication from the Coalition.
Civilians reported killed:
10-11 including 3-4 women, 3-4 children, and 12-15 Daesh fighters

Reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Iraqi Revolution [Arabic], Iraqi Spring Media Center, Mosul Eye [Arabic], Yagen [Arabic], Bashar al Talib blog [Arabic], Mosul Eye (2) [Arabic], Al A’amaq Agency (Daesh-linked) [Arabic], Radio Zuhor [Arabic], Ara News [Arabic], NRN News [Arabic], Mosul News Network [Arabic], Mosul News Agency [Arabic], Radio Zuhor (2) [Arabic], Coalition monthly casualty report (July 2017)
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For March 22nd-23rd 2016, the Coalition reports that “Near Mosul, three strikes [1 French] struck an ISIL headquarters, an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area and an ISIL vehicle.”
France has also reported that Le 22 mars une patrouille de 2 Mirage 2000D a réalisé une frappe dans la région de Mossoul. Cette mission a permis de détruire un centre de commandement
.”

Professor Dhafer Ramadan Al Badrani, reported killed in aleged Coalition strike on Mosul March 22nd (via Bashar al Talib)
Professor Dhafer Ramadan Al Badrani, reported killed in aleged Coalition strike on Mosul March 22nd (via Bashar al Talib)

March 23rd 2016: Hajj Ali, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: In an event not previously tracked by Airwars, the Coalition announced in April 2017 that it had rejected an NGO’s claims of civilian harm at Hajj Ali.
According to the report: “March 23, 2016, near Hajj Ali, Iraq, via NGO report: No Coalition strikes were conducted on that day in the geographic area of the reported civilian casualties. The closest strike to the report of possible civilian casualties was almost 4 km away.”
Civilians reported killed: Unknown

Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Coalition monthly casualty report (May 2017),
Quality of reporting: Discounted
Coalition position: For March 22nd-23rd 2016, the Coalition reports that “Near Mosul, three strikes [1 French] struck an ISIL headquarters, an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area and an ISIL vehicle.”
For March 23rd-24th it noted: “Near Mosul, eight strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), and six ISIL assembly areas and suppressed an ISIL mortar position. Near Qayyarah
, three strikes struck an ISIL communication facility and destroyed an ISIL used bridge section and denied ISIL access to terrain.”

 

March 24th 2016: Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
Summary: One civilian was reported killed in the Al Dar’iya area of central Raqaa, in an alleged Coalition strike.
According to Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered, “International coalition planes yesterday targeted a weapons depot belonging to Daesh near Hod al Furat garage in Al Dar’iya area in the city centre of Raqqa which led to its total destruction and the martyrdom of one person from Ain Issa, along with the injury of Mohammad Al Shalash by shrapnel in his waist.
However in a tweet the next day showing destruction at the site, the group simply reported “an airstrike.” No Coalition strikes have publicly been reported in the vicinity in this period, suggesting that either Russia or the Assad regime may instead have been responsible.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: 1
Sources: Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently [Arabic], Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (2) [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Contested. Single source.
Coalition position: No Coalition strikes have publicly been reported for Raqqa governorate between March 23rd-25th 2016.

March 24th 2016: Qayyarah, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: In a previously unknown Coalition casualty event, the US admiited seven months later that it had killed a civilian in an airstrike at Qayyarah.
According to the CENTCOM report issued November 9th 2016, “near Qayyarah, Iraq, during a strike against an ISIL target, it is assessed that one civilian was killed.” The event occurred near the beginning of operations to liberate Qayyarah from |ISIL. 

Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: CENTCOM casualty admission (November 2016), Tal Afar Model [Arabic] [Archived], Hussam Rashid post [Arabic] [Archived], 
Quality of reporting: CONFIRMED U.S CASUALTY EVENT
Coalition position: For March 24th-25th 2016, the Coalition reported at the time that “Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL mortar positions, an ISIL supply cache, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL fighting position, and denied ISIL access to terrain.

March 25th, 2016: Tanak neighbourhood, East Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: Local residents told Airwars researchers that two entire families – 21 people in total – died as a result of Coalition air strikes on their house in Tanak neighbourhood in East Mosul, on March 25th 2016. This was reported in an interview with two witnesses, Jassim Khalaf and Mohammed Sabri, on June 11th 2017. The witnesses told Airwars that eight people belonged to the family of Ahmad Al Ehemed. Thirteen other victims were relatives of Mohamed Fathi Mosa.
Civilians reported killed: 21 – two entire families
Civilians reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Interview with Airwars researcher, East Mosul, June 11th 2017.
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For March 26th-27th 2016, the Coalition reported that “Near Mosul, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun position, an ISIL anti-air artillery piece and two ISIL fighting positions and suppressed an ISIL mortar position and two ISIL tactical units”

March 26th 2016: خربردان Kharbardan village SE of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: 31 Iraq Army soldiers were allegedly killed in an accidental Coalition ‘friendly fire’ event according to widespread reports. The Coalition has categorically denied the claim as false.
The Iraqi Revolution website was among those claiming a Coalition strike had accidentally hit an Iraq Army camp, killing up to 30 soldiers. The location was given as Kharbardan village “west of Makhmur and south east of Mosul.
Citing an anonymous government source, Yaqen said there were 31 dead including the regiment’s commander.
Mosul News Network reported that the Coalition’s spokesman Colonel Steve Warren had denied the claims. An anonymous source in the operation to recapture Mosul also denied the claim to Al Sumaria TV: “Nineveh Operations categorically denies reports that spoke of the killing of 30 Iraqi soldiers belonging to the Band 15 [regiment] in a strike by aircraft of the international coalition south of Nineveh.”.
Friendly forces reported killed: 31 Iraq Army soldiers
Reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Nineveh News [Arabic], Iraqi Revolution [Arabic], Sotal Iraq [Arabic], IBC News [Arabic], Yaqen [Arabic], Mosul News Network (1) [Arabic], Mosul News Network (2) [Arabic], Waradana [Arabic], Al Sumaria TV [Arabic], Iraq Press Agency [Arabic], Face Iraq [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Disproved
Coalition position: Responding to a query from Airwars, a Coalition spokesperson told us: “We are aware of reports of Iraqi Security Forces casualties near Nasir on March 26th. Our Iraqi army partners in the Combined Joint Operations Center – Baghdad confirmed the reports of a Coalition airstrike hitting an Iraqi Security Force unit were false. The area in which these reports originated were targeted by enemy mortar fire, which was the likely origin of this misinformation. The coalition takes great care in coordinating, planning and executing strikes against ISIL by with and through the Government of Iraq.

 

March 26th 2016: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

Unnamed child victims of rocket attack on west Mosul March 26 (via NRN News)
Unnamed child victims of rocket attack on west Mosul March 26 (via NRN News)

Summary: Eight civilians were reported killed after missiles of unnknown origin struck the Al Noor quarter and Aisha mosque in western Mosul.
NRN News published a detailed report: “Our
Nineveh correspondent reports that four men, two women and two children were killed after the fall of a number of missiles on the neighborhood of Al Noor to the west side of the city of Mosul.
One rocket landed on the Aisha mosque, injuring a number of civilians; while another landed on a house killing one person and injuring several others.

Our correspondent also said that one rocket landed on a vegetable stand, killing the shop owner and a woman who was shopping for vegetables. One of the rockets hit a house near the Tahir Zanawh mosque, killing a woman and her two young children, while another missile hit the adjacent neighborhood killing one person and wounding several others.
Our correspondent said that the rockets which landed were about 30 to 40 centimeters long with a diameter of 10 centimeters, noting that according to witnesses they were believed to have come from the eastern side of the city.
Yaqen said airstrikes by both Iraq and the Coalition had targeted the city, along with heavy artillery shelling by the Peshmerga.
One of the victims was later named as Saud Nemat. A father and son named as Ahmed and Mahmoud were also reported by a family member as having been killed.
Civilians reported killed: 8, including 2 women and 2 children
Reported injured: 6 or more
Sources: NRN News – with photos [Arabic], Iraqi Spring Media Center, Iraqi Revolution [Arabic], Yaqen [Arabic], NRN News (2) [Arabic], Facebook obituary page [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Contested – unclear whether airstrike or ground fire
Coalition position: For March 26th-27th 2016, the Coalition reported that “Near Mosul, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun position, an ISIL anti-air artillery piece and two ISIL fighting positions and suppressed an ISIL mortar position and two ISIL tactical units”

Damaged vehicles following a rocket strike on west Mosul March 26th (via NRN News)
Damaged vehicles following a rocket strike on west Mosul, March 26th (via NRN News)

 

March 27th 2016: Wadi Hajar, south of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

Boy injured in reported Coalition strike at Wadi hajar (via NRN News)
Boy injured in reported Coalition strike at Wadi hajar (via NRN News)

Summary: Four children were injured in an alleged Coalition airstrike at Wadi Hajar to the south of Mosul, as a major military offensive to clear Nineveh of Daesh continued.
According to NRN News, jets from the US-led alliance targeted the Daesh-held village which also led to civilian casualties.

Responding to a request for clarification about possible involvement given declared UK strikes near Qayyarah that day, the MoD told Airwars that “after extensive research, we can confirm that there was no UK involvement” in the alleged event.
Civilians reported killed: 0
Reported injured: 4, all children
Sources: NRN News – with photos [Arabic], Iraqi Revolution – photos [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For March 26th-27th 2016, the Coalition reported that “Near Mosul, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun position, an ISIL anti-air artillery piece and two ISIL fighting positions and suppressed an ISIL mortar position and two ISIL tactical units”
And for March 27th-28th it reported: “Near Mosul, four strikes struck an ISIL security headquarters and an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area and suppressed an ISIL mortar position and an ISIL tactical unit.

Smoke rising from scene of a reported Coalition strike at Wadi Hajar, March 27th (via NRN News)
Smoke rising from scene of a reported Coalition strike at Wadi Hajar, March 27th (via NRN News)

March 30th-31st 2016: Hit, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: An alleged Coalition airstrike on the Qalqa neighbourhood of Hit resulted in 20 civilians reportedly injured, and the death of a child named as Bakir Hassan Nadir.
According to Hit News, the home of gas seller Lutfi Abu was also hit.
News of Iraq quoted what it said was a local source: “
Warplanes of the international coalition bombed residential areas behind Hit general hospital… the bombing destroyed a number of civilian houses, and led to the martyrdom and wounding of 20 civilians.”

Responding to a request for clarification about possible involvement given declared UK strikes near Fallujah that day, the MoD told Airwars that “after extensive research, we can confirm that there was no UK involvement” in the alleged event.
Civilians reported killed: 1, a child
Reported injured: 20
Sources: Iraqi Spring Media Center, Fallujah TV [Arabic], Hit News Events [Arabic], News of Iraq [Arabic], News of Iraq (2) [Arabic], Coalition monthly casualty report (July 2017)
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For March 30th-31st 2016, the Coalition reported that “Near Hit, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL safe house and destroyed two ISIL supply caches, 15 ISIL rockets, three ISIL bunkers, and an ISIL tunnel.

March 31st 2016: Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

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Salah Riyad Haj Saeed al Najmawi (via Mosul Win)

Summary: The Al Najmawi family’s flour mill in Granary Street, eastern Mosul was struck in an alleged Coalition airstrike, leading to casualties among the civilian workers inside.
Qoraish reported that the attack took place at 1030am local time, with two strikes approximately five minutes apart. It claimed there were no Daesh forces present.

NRN News said one civilian died whom it named as mill worker Salah Riyad Haj Saeed Al Najmawi. His uncle – factory director Ghassan Al Najmawiwas injured along with three other workers.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: 4
Sources: Qoraish [Arabic], NRN News [Arabic], News of Iraq [Arabic], Emad al Moselly blog [Arabic], Iraqi Revolution – photos, Mosul Win [Arabic], Nineveh Plains – video [Arabic]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For March 30th-31st 2016, the Coalition reported that “Near Mosul, eight strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL bed down location, two ISIL safe houses, an ISIL fighting position, and suppressed two ISIL mortar firing positions.
And for March 31st-April 1st it stated that “Near Mosul, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL assembly areas and five ISIL vehicles.”

The Al Najmawi flour mill in eastern Mosul, destroyed in alleged Coaltion strike March 31st (via NRN News)

The Al Najmawi flour mill in eastern Mosul, destroyed in alleged Coaltion strike March 31st (via NRN News)

 

March 31st 2016: Hit, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: A local sources claimed that Coalition aircraft targeted a civilian car in Hit and killed the driver, who was said to have no  who had no links to so called Islamic State.

According to News of Iraq, the aircraft had been targeting a Daesh VBIED “driven by a suicide bomber” but that the attack also led to the destruction of another car and the killing of a civilian driver with no links to Daesh.
Its source added: “There is presently a heavy engagement by international aircraft above Hit, with the aim of bombing areas under the control of Daesh in preparation for an attack by government forces on the city center.”
Civilians reported killed: 1
Reported injured: Unknown
Sources: News of Iraq [Arabic],  Coalition monthly casualty report (July 2017)
Quality of reporting: Weak – presently single source
Coalition position: For March 30th-31st 2016, the Coalition reported that “Near Hit, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL safe house and destroyed two ISIL supply caches, 15 ISIL rockets, three ISIL bunkers, and an ISIL tunnel.
And for March 31st-April 1st, the Coalition reports that “Near Hit, three strikes [1 British] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL VBIED, two ISIL VBIED factories, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL anti-air artillery staging area, and nine ISIL tunnel entrances and denied ISIL access to terrain
.”

 

March 31st 2016: Falluhah, Anbar province, Iraq

A child injured in alleged Coalition strike on Fallujah March 31st (via News of Iraq)
Child injured in alleged Coalition strike on Fallujah March 31st (via News of Iraq)

Summary: Local  sources claimed Coalition aircraft struck the Haswa and Jumeila neighborhoods in Fallujah at around 9.30pm, hitting civilian homes and causing the deaths of five civilians including two children, and the wounding of seven more civilians.
Al Sharqiya published the most detailed report, saying that Coalition aircraft strikes “resulted in the deaths of five people, all of them women and children, and the wounding of seven others, in addition to inflicting massive destruction on a number of houses.”
Reports named the dead as follows:
Fatima Abed Jassim Al Essawi;
Her husband the teacher Salah Abbas Jassim al-Issawi, T
he wife of Ghazi Khalaf al-Ali al-Jumaili, her son Ahmed Ghazi Khalaf Ali Al Jumeily and an unnamed daughter

Iraqi Revoluton also named two of the wounded children as Mohammed Salah Abbas and Osama Salah al-Shami.
Civilians reported killed: 5, including 2 children and 2 women
Reported injured: 7
Sources: News of Iraq [Arabic], Al Sharqiya [Arabic], Fayad Fayad blog [Arabic], News Fallujah Now [Arabic], Iraqi Revolution [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: For March 31st-April 1st 2016, the Coalition has publicly declared no airstrikes in the vicinity of Fallujah. 

The wife of Ghazi Khalaf al-Ali al-Jumaili, reported killed along with her two children in an alleged Coalition strike on Fallujah March 31st (via Fayad Fayad blog) wife
Fatima Abed Jassim Al Essawi, reported killed along with her two children in an alleged Coalition strike on Fallujah March 31st (via Fayad Fayad blog)

March 31st 2016: Near Sala Heya, Deyr ez Zawr, Syria
Summary: In a previously unknown incident, the Coalition reported on December 1st 2016 that it had killed three civilians in an artillery strike [presumably US] near Sala Heya eight months previously.

According to a Coalition statement, “During a strike on an ISIL mortar system, it was assessed that three civilians were inadvertently killed by Coalition counter-battery artillery near the point of origin of an ISIL mortar strike on friendly forces.”
Reports from the day made no mention of the Coalition, instead blaming the Assad regime. Baladi News noted that “Warplane shelling in Sala Heya, Kanamat, Jafar and Mariya in East of Syria killed a civilian and wounded others.” LCCSY reported that “Abdulla Sibhi al-Zaid, from #Jiaa village, was martyred due to targeting #Salhia neighborhood with airstrikes yesterday.”
A day later Sin News said that 34 ISIL fighters had died in Coalition strikes on the town.
Civilians reported killed: 3
Reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Baladi News [Arabic] [Archived], JFLDZ tweet [Arabic] [Archived], LCCSY [Archived], Deir Ezzor 24 [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Sin News [Arabic] [Archived], Coalition report (December 2016),
Quality of reporting: CONFIRMED CIVILIAN CASUALTY INCIDENT
Coalition position: Artillery strikes are not reported as part of daily Coalition press reports.