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French MoD for September 25, 2014 – September 26, 2014
Original
Annotated

Report Date

September 26, 2014

Opération Chammal : poursuite des missions aériennes

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Mise à jour : 26/09/2014 20:02

Une mission de soutien aérien a de nouveau été effectuée aujourd’hui, vendredi 26 septembre, au-dessus de l’Irak.

Opération Chammal : poursuite des missions aériennes

Deux Rafale ont effectué une mission de reconnaissance armée dans le nord-ouest de l’Irak, au cours d’un vol de plus de sept heures qui a nécessité plusieurs ravitaillements par C135-FR.

Un Atlantique 2 a quant à lui effectué un vol de onze heures dans la région de Mossoul pour une mission ISR (Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance).

Ces vols visent à acquérir du renseignement sur les positions les mouvements et les vulnérabilités du groupe terroriste Daech. Les informations recueillies sont ensuite partagées avec nos alliés présents dans la région.

Opération Chammal : poursuite des missions aériennes

Ces missions de soutien aérien vont se poursuivre dans les prochains jours. Elles sont effectuées sous le contrôle opérationnel de l’amiral commandant la zone océan Indien (ALINDIEN) en coordination avec le CAOC américain (coordination air operation center) situé à Al Udeid, au Qatar.

Report Date

September 26, 2014

Opération Chammal : poursuite des missions aériennes

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Mise à jour : 26/09/2014 20:02

Une mission de soutien aérien a de nouveau été effectuée aujourd’hui, vendredi 26 septembre, au-dessus de l’Irak.

Opération Chammal : poursuite des missions aériennes

Deux Rafale ont effectué une mission de reconnaissance armée dans le nord-ouest de l’Irak, au cours d’un vol de plus de sept heures qui a nécessité plusieurs ravitaillements par C135-FR.

Un Atlantique 2 a quant à lui effectué un vol de onze heures dans la région de Mossoul pour une mission ISR (Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance).

Ces vols visent à acquérir du renseignement sur les positions les mouvements et les vulnérabilités du groupe terroriste Daech. Les informations recueillies sont ensuite partagées avec nos alliés présents dans la région.

Opération Chammal : poursuite des missions aériennes

Ces missions de soutien aérien vont se poursuivre dans les prochains jours. Elles sont effectuées sous le contrôle opérationnel de l’amiral commandant la zone océan Indien (ALINDIEN) en coordination avec le CAOC américain (coordination air operation center) situé à Al Udeid, au Qatar.

Incident Code

CS002

Incident date

September 25, 2014

Location

الحسكة, Al-Hasakah, Syria

Geolocation

36.5044792, 40.74354 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

The Syrian Martyrs website claimed that six unnamed civilian males were killed in a Coalition airstrike on Al Hassakah. It said it had obtained the news via the Syrian Network for Human Rights, though that original report cannot presently be traced.

In July 2017 the Coalition classed the event as Non-Credible, saying there was too little information for it to make a determination: “Sep. 25, 2014, near Al Hasakah, Syria, via Airwars report: The report contained insufficient information of the time, location and details to assess its credibility.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6
  • (6 men)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (2) [ collapse]

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Non credible / Unsubstantiated
    Insufficient information to assess that, more likely than not, a Coalition strike resulted in civilian casualties.
  • Reason for non-credible assessment
    Insufficient information on the time and location
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    None
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    None
  • Stated location
    near Al Hasakah, Syria
    Nearest population center

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Jul 7, 2017
  • The report contained insufficient information on the time, location and details to assess its credibility.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

Strikes in the vicinity were reported by the coalition for September 24th-25th 2014: “U.S. military forces and partner nations, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, attacked ISIL terrorists in Syria today, using a mix of fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct 13 airstrikes against 12 ISIL-controlled modular oil refineries located in remote areas of eastern Syria in the vicinity of Al Mayadin, Al Hasakah, and Abu Kamal and one ISIL vehicle near Dayr az Zawr, also in eastern Syria.“

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6
  • (6 men)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (2) [ collapse]

CENTCOM for September 24, 2014 – September 25, 2014
Original
Annotated

Report Date

September 25, 2014

September 25th – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using a mix of attack, bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct eleven airstrikes Wednesday and today.

One airstrike west of Irbil struck ISIL fighters and damaged an ISIL armed vehicle.

Five airstrikes south of Kirkuk struck ISIL fighters, destroyed an ISIL tank, an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL Humvee, and damaged two ISIL armed vehicles.

Five airstrikes west of Baghdad destroyed an ISIL Humvee, four checkpoints, a fighting position, two guard towers, and a command post.

Report Date

September 25, 2014

Report Summary

  • 24 total strikes
  • 11 in Iraq (199 – 209)
  • 13 in Syria (29 – 41)

Confirmed Actions

US, France, Saudi_arabia, UAE

September 25th – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using a mix of attack, bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct eleven airstrikes Wednesday and today.

One airstrike west of Irbil struck ISIL fighters and damaged an ISIL armed vehicle.

Five airstrikes south of Kirkuk struck ISIL fighters, destroyed an ISIL tank, an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL Humvee, and damaged two ISIL armed vehicles.

Five airstrikes west of Baghdad destroyed an ISIL Humvee, four checkpoints, a fighting position, two guard towers, and a command post.

French MoD for September 24, 2014 – September 25, 2014
Original
Annotated

Report Date

September 25, 2014

Notes

French aircraft destroy four “Daech [IS] hangars containing military equipment” near Fallujah – described as targets of opportunity.

While this strike was not originally tallied by Centcom, both it and the French actions of September 19th were later incorporated into overall coalition data.

Ce matin, au cours d’une nouvelle mission d’appui aérien effectuée au profit des forces armées irakiennes, deux Rafale français ont détruit quatre hangars contenant du matériel militaire utilisés par Daech, dans la région ouest de Bagdad, à proximité de Falloujah.
Au cours d’une mission de reconnaissance armée, des cibles d’opportunité ont été transmises en vol aux équipages par le CAOC1. Elles ont été identifiées par les pilotes desRafalepuis détruites par quatre bombes guidées laser GBU 12. Les chasseurs français, équipés de pod de désignation Damocles, ont porté leurs frappes entre 9h50 et 10h22.
Au cours de ce vol d’environ sept heures, les deux Rafale ont été ravitaillés à quatre reprises par l’avion ravitailleur C135-FR de l’armée de l’air et un ravitailleur de l’US Air Force.
L’avion de patrouille maritime Atlantique 2 a procédé au Battle Damage Assesment2 au cours d’un vol ISR3 d’une dizaine d’heures, coordonné avec celui des Rafale. Les images prises ont ététransmises immédiatement à l’état-major de l’amiral commandant la zone océan Indien (ALINDIEN) ainsi qu’au centre de planification et de conduite des opérations situé à Paris pour y être analysées.
Conformément à la volonté du Président de la République, les missions d’appui aérien se poursuivront pour soutenir les armées irakiennes dans leur lutte contre Daech. Ces missions seront à nouveau effectuées en coordination étroite avec les autorités irakiennes ainsi qu’avec nos alliés présents sur le théâtre.

Report Date

September 25, 2014

Notes

French aircraft destroy four “Daech [IS] hangars containing military equipment” near Fallujah – described as targets of opportunity.

While this strike was not originally tallied by Centcom, both it and the French actions of September 19th were later incorporated into overall coalition data.

Ce matin, [September 25th 2014] au cours d’une nouvelle mission d’appui aérien effectuée au profit des forces armées irakiennes, deux Rafale français ont détruit quatre hangars contenant du matériel militaire utilisés par Daech, dans la région ouest de Bagdad, à proximité de Falloujah.

Au cours d’une mission de reconnaissance armée, des cibles d’opportunité ont été transmises en vol aux équipages par le CAOC1. Elles ont été identifiées par les pilotes desRafalepuis détruites par quatre bombes guidées laser GBU 12. Les chasseurs français, équipés de pod de désignation Damocles, ont porté leurs frappes entre 9h50 et 10h22.

Au cours de ce vol d’environ sept heures, les deux Rafale ont été ravitaillés à quatre reprises par l’avion ravitailleur C135-FR de l’armée de l’air et un ravitailleur de l’US Air Force.

L’avion de patrouille maritime Atlantique 2 a procédé au Battle Damage Assesment2 au cours d’un vol ISR3 d’une dizaine d’heures, coordonné avec celui des Rafale. Les images prises ont ététransmises immédiatement à l’état-major de l’amiral commandant la zone océan Indien (ALINDIEN) ainsi qu’au centre de planification et de conduite des opérations situé à Paris pour y être analysées.

Conformément à la volonté du Président de la République, les missions d’appui aérien se poursuivront pour soutenir les armées irakiennes dans leur lutte contre Daech. Ces missions seront à nouveau effectuées en coordination étroite avec les autorités irakiennes ainsi qu’avec nos alliés présents sur le théâtre.’

[ Airwars note: While this strike was not originally tallied by Centcom, both it and the French actions of September 19th were later incorporated into overall coalition data.]



France

CENTCOM for September 24, 2014 – September 25, 2014
Original
Annotated

Report Date

September 25, 2014

Sept. 24th – U.S. military forces and partner nations, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, attacked ISIL terrorists in Syria today, using a mix of fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct 13 airstrikes against 12 ISIL-controlled modular oil refineries located in remote areas of eastern Syria in the vicinity of Al Mayadin, Al Hasakah, and Abu Kamal and one ISIL vehicle near Dayr az Zawr, also in eastern Syria.

We are still assessing the outcome of the attack on the refineries, but have initial indications that the strikes were successful. The ISIL vehicle was destroyed. These small-scale refineries provided fuel to run ISIL operations, money to finance their continued attacks throughout Iraq and Syria, and an economic asset to support their future operations. Producing between 300-500 barrels of refined petroleum per day, ISIL is estimated to generate as much as $2 million per day from these refineries. The destruction and degradation of these targets further limits ISIL’s ability to lead, control, project power and conduct operations.

To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed U.S. Air Force fighter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. In addition, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates also participated in these airstrikes.

Report Date

September 25, 2014

Sept. 24th – U.S. military forces and partner nations, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, attacked ISIL terrorists in Syria today, using a mix of fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct 13 airstrikes against 12 ISIL-controlled modular oil refineries located in remote areas of eastern Syria in the vicinity of Al Mayadin, Al Hasakah, and Abu Kamal and one ISIL vehicle near Dayr az Zawr, also in eastern Syria.

We are still assessing the outcome of the attack on the refineries, but have initial indications that the strikes were successful. The ISIL vehicle was destroyed. These small-scale refineries provided fuel to run ISIL operations, money to finance their continued attacks throughout Iraq and Syria, and an economic asset to support their future operations. Producing between 300-500 barrels of refined petroleum per day, ISIL is estimated to generate as much as $2 million per day from these refineries. The destruction and degradation of these targets further limits ISIL’s ability to lead, control, project power and conduct operations.

To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed U.S. Air Force fighter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. In addition, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates also participated in these airstrikes.

CENTCOM for September 23, 2014 – September 24, 2014
Original
Annotated

Report Date

September 24, 2014

U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq and Syria, using a mix of attack, bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct five airstrikes Tuesday and today.
Two airstrikes west of Baghdad destroyed two ISIL armed vehicles and a weapons cache.
Two airstrikes southeast of Irbil destroyed ISIL fighting positions.
A fifth airstrike damaged eight ISIL vehicles in Syria northwest of Al Qa’im. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
The strikes were conducted as part of the President’s comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL.
To date, U.S. Central Command has conducted 198 airstrikes across Iraq against ISIL. Along with partner nations, U.S. Central Command has also conducted 20 airstrikes across Syria against ISIL.

Report Date

September 24, 2014

Report Summary

  • 5 total strikes
  • 4 in Iraq (195 – 198)
  • 1 in Syria (28)

Confirmed Actions

US

September 24th – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq and Syria, using a mix of attack, bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct five airstrikes Tuesday and today.

Two airstrikes west of Baghdad destroyed two ISIL armed vehicles and a weapons cache.

Two airstrikes southeast of Irbil destroyed ISIL fighting positions.

A fifth airstrike damaged eight ISIL vehicles in Syria northwest of Al Qa’im. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.

The strikes were conducted as part of the President’s comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL.

To date, U.S. Central Command has conducted 198 airstrikes across Iraq against ISIL. Along with partner nations, U.S. Central Command has also conducted 20 airstrikes across Syria against ISIL

French MoD for September 23, 2014 – September 24, 2014
Original
Annotated

Report Date

September 24, 2014

Notes

reports that after a flight of recognition and support made Tuesday, September 23 by two French Rafale, two new intelligence missions were carried out in the Iraqi skies on Wednesday 24 September.

Coordination Air Operation Center (CAOC)

Opération Chammal : nouvelles missions d’appui aérien en Irak

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Mise à jour : 24/09/2014 19:45

Après un vol de reconnaissance et d’appui effectué le mardi 23 septembre par deux Rafale français, deux nouvelles missions de renseignement ont été réalisées dans le ciel irakien ce mercredi 24 septembre.

Soutenus par des avions ravitailleurs français et américains, les chasseurs français ont réalisé ces missions par binômes : une patrouille de Rafale équipés de pod RECO NG a effectué une mission de renseignement dans la profondeur dans la région de Mossoul alors que deux autres avions de chasse, équipés de pod Damoclès, ont conduit une mission de dynamic targeting au Nord de Bagdad. Lors de ce type de mission, il s’agit pour les équipages d’acquérir du renseignement au plus près des zones des combats, tout en se tenant prêts à assurer des frappes en cas d’identification de cibles d’opportunité au sol.

Lors de ces missions qui ont chacune duré 7 heures, dont 3 heures passées sur zone, les Rafale étaient en contact permanent avec le centre opérationnel aérien américain d’Al Udeid (CAOC*) au Qatar. Ce centre où des officiers français ont été insérés, est chargé de la coordination des moyens engagés dans la zone.

Ces missions visent à assurer un soutien aérien aux forces armées irakiennes dans leur lutte contre le groupe terroriste Daech, conformément à la décision du Président de la République de répondre à la demande des autorités irakiennes.

Report Date

September 24, 2014

Notes

reports that after a flight of recognition and support made Tuesday, September 23 by two French Rafale, two new intelligence missions were carried out in the Iraqi skies on Wednesday 24 September.

Coordination Air Operation Center (CAOC)

Opération Chammal : nouvelles missions d’appui aérien en Irak

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Mise à jour : 24/09/2014 19:45

Après un vol de reconnaissance et d’appui effectué le mardi 23 septembre par deux Rafale français, deux nouvelles missions de renseignement ont été réalisées dans le ciel irakien ce mercredi 24 septembre.

Soutenus par des avions ravitailleurs français et américains, les chasseurs français ont réalisé ces missions par binômes : une patrouille de Rafale équipés de pod RECO NG a effectué une mission de renseignement dans la profondeur dans la région de Mossoul alors que deux autres avions de chasse, équipés de pod Damoclès, ont conduit une mission de dynamic targeting au Nord de Bagdad. Lors de ce type de mission, il s’agit pour les équipages d’acquérir du renseignement au plus près des zones des combats, tout en se tenant prêts à assurer des frappes en cas d’identification de cibles d’opportunité au sol.

Lors de ces missions qui ont chacune duré 7 heures, dont 3 heures passées sur zone, les Rafale étaient en contact permanent avec le centre opérationnel aérien américain d’Al Udeid (CAOC) au Qatar. Ce centre où des officiers français ont été insérés, est chargé de la coordination des moyens engagés dans la zone.

Ces missions visent à assurer un soutien aérien aux forces armées irakiennes dans leur lutte contre le groupe terroriste Daech, conformément à la décision du Président de la République de répondre à la demande des autorités irakiennes.

Coordination Air Operation Center (CAOC)

  • UAE F-16 pilot Mariamal-Mansouri, who took part in anti-ISIL strikes September 23rd-24th 204 (UAE Air Force)

Incident Code

CS001

Incident date

September 23, 2014

Location

كفردريان, Kafr Daryan, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

36.176908, 36.668356 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

On the first night of US airstrikes in Syria, the United States carried out a sequence of attacks on the Al Qaeda-affiliated Khorasan Group (part of the al-Nusra Front.) For the only recorded occasion during the allied air war, the US deployed Tomahawk cruise missiles to strike targets in the vicinity of Aleppo. Locals also reported what they described as US combat aircraft participating. Up to fifteen civilians died in the strikes, along with “a large number of mujahideen” according to one Al Qaeda-linked militant at the scene.

Eyewitnesses told SN4HR that all of the civilian deaths occurred when a house collapsed: “The huge pressure from the explosion caused the collapse of a two-storied residential house near the Nusra Front target, less than 100 m from it. This caused the death of 12 people, all civilians, including five children and five women.” SN4HR later added a 13th fatality to its lists.

The civilian victims were later named by various sources.

After examining video evidence of apparent US cruise missile fragments at the village, Human Rights Watch later said that the strikes “should be investigated for possible violations of the laws of war.”

Buzzfeed also spoke with two eyewitnesses to the attack, with one noting: “What we saw with our own eyes was unreal — the [civilian] houses were completely gone. Our job was to collect the body parts. The worst thing was the children. It’s still in my mind.

An internal CENTCOM investigation into alleged civilian deaths swiftly concluded “No further inquiry required,” it was revealed a year later. This was in part based on an assessment that “Open source images presented as casualties from the strikes actually came from previous GoS [Government of Syria] strikes.”

Airwars has since examined all known published images relating to the Kafr Daryan event. As our Syria researcher Kinda Haddad notes, “Every picture but one we are aware of first appears on 23rd September 2014, and in connection with Kafr Daryan.”

The one known exception is a picture which first appeared as a tweet on September 2nd, after a child was killed by the Assad regime. Shortly after the Kafr Daryan attack some three weeks later, that same image was claimed in English by at least one site to have been taken at Kafr Daryan.

However even a rudimentary search by CENTCOM would have identified multiple photographs and videos relating to September 23rd itself. Even when investigators noted new evidence on the strike from the Syrian Network for Human Rights in April 2015, this did not appear to trigger any new inquiry.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

Family members (3)

Family members (2)

  • Mohammed Darwish Adult male Named by Global Post, husband killed
  • Fatima Darwish Adult female Named by Global Post, wife killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    13 – 18
  • (5 children5 women4–6 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    15
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (24) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (13) [ collapse]

  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    GRAPHIC Mahmoud Juma’a Mua’az, slain in a reported US strike Sept 23 2014 (SNHR)
  • Alleged cruise missile fragment recovered from the scene, Sept 2014 (SNHR)
  • Video posted by Salah Fojo, resident of Kafar Daryan village. Shows unidentified victims removed from rubble. Titled ‘Idlib countryside the search for the casualties following the raid by the coalition forces on Kafar Daryan’
  • Video posted by Salah Fojo purporting to show fragments of US missile from attack
  • Video posted by Salah Fojo of victims being rushed for medical treatment at Kafar Daryan
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Video posted by Salah Fojo, resident of Kafar Daryan, showing children reportedly injured in the air raid
  • Video posted by a satellite channel called Sadaa Al-Sham with three eye witness accounts from villagers.
  • Another video of the incident posted by Salah Fojo
  • Video described as “documents the shelling of Jabhat Al Nusra Headquarters” posted by Salah Fojo
  • Video described as “documents the destruction caused by coalition forces airstrikes” posted by Salah Fojo
  • Remnants of the US missile supposedly used in the attack (via Salah Fojo)
  • Basmala Jahjah who was reportedly in the strike (via SN4HR)
  • Mohammad Abd Al-Hameed Jahjah who was reportedly killed in the strike (via SN4HR)

Geolocation notes (2) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention a residential building in Kafr Daryan (كفردريان) village. We identified building destroyed in (كفردريان) Kafr Daryan during the time period are: 36.176908, 36.668356. However, to the limited satellite imagery available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

  • Destroyed building in (كفردريان) Kafr Daryan. Before

    Date taken:
    August 4, 2014

    Imagery:
    © 2018 Google

  • Destroyed building in (كفردريان) Kafr Daryan. After

    Date taken:
    September 10, 2015

    Imagery:
    © 2018 Google

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Non credible / Unsubstantiated
    Insufficient information to assess that, more likely than not, a Coalition strike resulted in civilian casualties.
  • Reason for non-credible assessment
    No Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    None
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    None
  • Stated location
    near Kafr Daryan, Syria
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    100 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SBA903060
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Jun 28, 2018
  • After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    13 – 18
  • (5 children5 women4–6 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    15
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (24) [ collapse]