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Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve Monthly Civilian Casualty Report

| July 27, 2019

SOUTHWEST ASIA-- Since the beginning of operations in 2014, the Coalition and partner forces have liberated nearly 110,000 square kilometers (42,471 square miles) from Daesh, eliminating their self-proclaimed territorial caliphate and freeing 7.7 million people from Daesh oppression. The Coalition will continue to work with partner forces to deny Daesh any physical space and influence in the region as well as deny Daesh the resources they need to resurge. The Coalition conducted 34,547 strikes between August 2014 and the end of June 2019. During this period, based on information available, CJTF-OIR assesses at least 1,321 civilians have been unintentionally killed by Coalition actions since the beginning of Operation Inherent Resolve. We follow a rigid targeting process for all of our strikes to ensure strict adherence to the Law of Armed Conflict while attempting to avoid collateral damage. Every accidental loss of life is tragic, and it will remain our goal to take all feasible precautions to avoid putting civilians in danger in our pursuit of a ruthless enemy. In the month of June, CJTF-OIR carried over 159 open reports from previous months and received seven new reports. CJTF-OIR completed 66 civilian-casualty allegation assessment reports. Out of the 66 completed casualty allegation reports, two reports were determined to be credible and resulted in two unintentional civilian deaths. Of the remaining 64 reports, CJTF-OIR assessed 62 reports as non-credible, and two were duplicates of previous reports. One-hundred reports are still open, including one that CJTF-OIR had previously closed but reopened due to the availability of new information. The results of each investigation of an allegation will fall into one of two categories, either "credible" or "non-credible." An assessment of "credible" means that our team investigated the allegation and determined that, based on available evidence, more likely than not, the death was the result of Coalition action. A "non-credible" evaluation means that the information we have to assess the allegation, using our available resources, cannot determine, to the standard of "more likely than not", that the death was the result of Coalition action. There could be a number of reasons for this, to include no corroborating strikes at that time or that location, there was insufficient evidence to support the allegation, or there is simply insufficient or overly vague data in the allegation itself. It is important to note that while the Coalition has a substantial quantity of data at its disposal to investigate every claim, we welcome any information from any source that will enable us to determine the truth. Furthermore, we routinely reopen closed investigations based on new information that might help us attain more accurate results.

Credible Reports: in the two incidents assessed as credible in June, the investigations assessed that the Coalition strike complied with the law of armed conflict. Coalition forces work diligently to be precise during the planning and execution of strikes to minimize the risk of harm to civilians.

1. Jan. 5, 2019, near Marishidah, Syria, via self-report. Coalition aircraft conducted an airstrike against Daesh terrorists. Regrettably, two civilians were unintentionally killed and another unintentionally wounded due to the proximity of the strike.

2. Jan. 20, 2019, near Ash Shajilah, Syria, via self-report. Coalition aircraft conducted an airstrike against Daesh terrorists. Regrettably, two civilians were unintentionally wounded due to the proximity of the strike.

Non-Credible Reports: after a thorough review of the facts and circumstances of each civilian casualty report, CJTF-OIR assessed the following 62 reports as non-credible. At this time there is insufficient information to assess that, more likely than not, a Coalition action resulted in civilian casualties.

1. Jan. 14, 2017, in Al Mayadeen, Syria, via Airwars report. After a review of all available records it was determined that, more likely than not, civilian casualties did not occur as a result of a Coalition action.

2. Jan. 26, 2017, in Western Mosul, Iraq, via Airwars report. After a review of all available records it was determined that, more likely than not, civilian casualties did not occur as a result of a Coalition action.

3. Apr. 7, 2017, in Hamra Ghanem, Syria, via Airwars report. After a review of all available records it was determined that, more likely than not, civilian casualties did not occur as a result of a Coalition action.

4. May 28, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

5. May 30, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

6. Jun. 1, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

7. Jun. 10, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

8. Jun. 10, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

9. Jun. 10, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

10. Jun. 10, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

11. Jun. 11, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

12. Jun. 11, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

13. Jun. 13, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

14. Jun. 14, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

15. Jun. 20, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

16. Jun. 23, 2017, in Abu Kamal, Syria, via Airwars report. After a review of all available records it was determined that, more likely than not, civilian casualties did not occur as a result of a Coalition action.

17. Jun. 24, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Airwars report. After a review of all available records it was determined that, more likely than not, civilian casualties did not occur as a result of a Coalition action.

18. Jun. 27, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Airwars report. After a review of all available records it was determined that, more likely than not, civilian casualties did not occur as a result of a Coalition action.

19. Jun. 28, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

20. Jun. 29, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

21. Jul. 1, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

22. Jul. 5, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

23. Jul. 6, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

24. Jul. 7, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

25. Jul. 12, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

26. Jul. 16, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

27. Jul. 19, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

28. Jul. 22, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

29. Jul. 22, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

30. Jul. 23, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

31. Jul. 24, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

32. Jul. 24, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

33. Jul. 25, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

34. Jul. 27, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

35. Jul. 27, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

36. Aug. 3, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

37. Aug. 5, 2017, Raqqa, Syria, via Airwars report. After a review of all available records it was determined that, more likely than not, civilian casualties did not occur as a result of a Coalition action.

38. Aug. 7, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

39. Aug. 8, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

40. Aug. 16, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

41. Aug. 17, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

42. Aug. 18, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

43. Aug. 18, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

44. Aug. 24, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

45. Aug. 24, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

46. Aug. 27, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

47. Sep. 27, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

48. Oct. 1, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

49. Oct. 2, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

50. Oct. 3, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

51. Oct. 6, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

52. Oct. 6, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

53. Oct. 8, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

54. Oct. 10, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

55. Oct. 11, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

56. Jan. 10, 2019, in As Susah, Syria, via self-report. After a review of all available records it was determined that, more likely than not, civilian casualties did not occur as a result of a Coalition action.

57. Mar. 15, 2019, near Al Baghouz, Syria, via Airwars report. The allegation provided insufficient detail to identify a specific date, time, or location to search for corroborating Coalition action.

58. Mar. 19, 2019, near Al Baghouz, Syria, via Airwars report. The allegation provided insufficient detail to identify a specific date, time, or location to search for corroborating Coalition action.

59. Mar. 20, 2019, near Al Baghouz, Syria, via Airwars report. The allegation provided insufficient detail to identify a specific date, time, or location to search for corroborating Coalition action.

60. Mar. 24, 2019, Al Rutbah, Iraq, via Airwars report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

61. Apr. 15, 2019, Al Shafah, Syria, via Airwars report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

62. May 9, 2019, in Shaheel, Syria, via social media. After a review of all available records it was determined that, more likely than not, civilian casualties did not occur as a result of a Coalition action.

Duplicate Reports: CJTF-OIR found the following reports to be duplicates of previously assessed Coalition actions.

1. Jul. 13, 2017, Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. The Coalition actions identified in this allegation are duplicates of those in credible allegations published in the Monthly Civilian Casualty report dated April 26, 2019.

2. Jul. 13, 2017, Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. The Coalition actions identified in this allegation are duplicates of those in credible allegations published in the Monthly Civilian Casualty report dated April 26, 2019.

Open Reports: CJTF-OIR is still assessing 100 reports of civilian casualties.

1. Nov. 7, 2014, near Al-Tanak Oilfield, Syria, via Syrian Human Rights Network report.

2. Dec. 28, 2014, near Jarabulus, Syria, via Airwars report.

3. Aug. 24, 2015, near Mosul, Iraq, via Airwars report.

4. Oct. 30, 2015, near Qayyarah, Iraq, via media report.

5. Nov. 7, 2015, near Qayyarah, Iraq, via media report.

6. June 1, 2016, near Mosul, Iraq, via Airwars report.

7. Oct. 13, 2016, near Qayyarah, Iraq, via media report.

8. Jan. 3, 2017, near Sarmada, Syria, via social media report (previously closed, but reopened due to new information).

9. Jan. 11, 2017, near Saraqib, Idlib, Syria, via Airwars report.

10. Feb. 3, 2017, near Sarmin, Idlib, Syria, via Airwars report.

11. Feb. 10, 2017, near Hatra, Iraq, via Airwars report.

12. Mar. 11, 2017, near Al Karamah, Syria, via Airwars report.

13. Mar. 23, 2017, near al-Yarmouk neighborhood, Mosul, Iraq, via self-report.

14. Mar. 25, 2017, near Al Mayadin, Syria, via Airwars report.

15. Mar. 27, 2017, near Sarmada, Idlib, via Airwars report.

16. Apr. 5, 2017, near al-Shafa neighborhood, Mosul, Iraq, via Airwars report.

17. Apr. 28, 2017, near al-Tabaqah, Syria, via Airwars report.

18. May 6, 2017, near Mayadin, Syria, via Airwars report.

19. May 9, 2017, near Abu Kamal, Syria, via Airwars report.

20. May 13, 2017, near Between two Bridges, Raqqah, Syria, via Airwars report.

21. June 4, 2017, near Abu al Naital, Syria, via Airwars report.

22. June 6, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via Amnesty International report.

23. June 9, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via Amnesty International report.

24. June 9, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via Amnesty International report.

25. June 9, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via Amnesty International report.

26. June 13, 2017 near Kasrat Sheikh Jum’ah Syria, via Airwars report.

27. June 13, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via Amnesty International report.

28. June 17, 2017, near Hawijah al-Swafi, Raqqah, Syria via Airwars report.

29. June 18, 2017, near al-Meshahda neighborhood, Mosul, Iraq, via Airwars report.

30. June 21, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via Amnesty International report.

31. June 21, 2017, near Amn al-Dawlah neighborhood, Raqqah, Syria, via Airwars report.

32. June 22, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via Amnesty International report.

33. June 26, 2017, near Al Mayadin, Syria via Airwars report.

34. June 30, 2017, near Al Dashaisha, Syria via Airwars report.

35. July 2, 2017, near Al Soor, Syria via Airwars report.

36. July 4, 2017, near Tal al-Jayer, Syria, via Human Rights Watch.

37. July 6, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via Amnesty International report.

38. July 7, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via Amnesty International report.

39. July 13, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria via Airwars report.

40. July 17, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via Amnesty International report.

41. July 23, 2017, near Nazlet Shahata, Syria via Airwars report.

42. July 25, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via Amnesty International report.

43. Aug. 1, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via Amnesty International report.

44. Aug. 1, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via Amnesty International report.

45. Aug. 10, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via Amnesty International report.

46. Aug. 11, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via Airwars report.

47. Aug. 14, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via Amnesty International report.

48. Aug. 15, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via Amnesty International report.

49. Aug. 16, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via Amnesty International report.

50. Aug. 16, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via Amnesty International report.

51. Aug. 19, 2017, near Al-Helo, Syria, via Human Rights Watch.

52. Aug. 23, 2017, near Karabla, al Qaiem, Iraq via Airwars report.

53. Sept. 4, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria via Airwars report.

54. Sept. 5, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via Amnesty International report.

55. Sept. 10, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via Amnesty International report.

56. Sept. 17, 2017, near Abu Kamal, Syria, via Airwars report.

57. Sept. 18, 2017, near al Mrashdah village, Albu Kamal, Syria, via Airwars report.

58. Sept. 23, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via Amnesty International report.

59. Sept. 25, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via Amnesty International report.

60. Sept. 27, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via Amnesty International report.

61. Oct. 3, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via Amnesty International report.

62. Oct. 3, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via Amnesty International report.

63. Oct. 8, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via Amnesty International report.

64. Oct. 10, 2017, near Deir Ez Zor, Syria via self-report.

65. Oct. 13, 2017, near Husaybah, al Qaiem, Iraq via Airwars report.

66. Oct. 17, 2017, near Abu Kamal, Syria via self-report.

67. Nov. 26, 2017, near Daranj, Syria, via Airwars report.

68. Nov. 28, 2017, near El Qata, Syria, via self-report.

69. Dec. 5, 2017, near al-Jarthi, Syria, via Airwars report.

70. Dec. 22, 2017, near Hajin, Syria, via Airwars report.

71. Dec. 29, 2017, near al-Bahra, Syria, via Airwars report.

72. Feb. 6, 2018, near al-Shafaa, Syria, via self-report.

73. Feb. 28, 2018, near al-Sha’fah village, Syria, via Airwars report.

74. Mar. 2, 2018, near al-Bajari, Syria, via Airwars report.

75. May 27, 2018, near al-Soussa, Syria, via Airwars report.

76. June 4, 2018, near Al-Helo, Syria, via Human Rights Watch.

77. June 13, 2018, near al-Sousa, Syria, via Airwars report.

78. June 21, 2018, near al-Sha’fah, Syria, via Airwars report.

79. July 16, 2018, near Deir Ezzor, Syria, via self-report.

80. Nov. 17, 2018, near Abu al-Hasan, Syria, via Syrian Observatory for Human Rights report.

81. Nov. 25, 2018, near Al- Sha’fa, Syria, via social media report.

82. Nov. 29, 2018, near Al-Kashma, Syria, via social media report.

83. Dec. 10, 2018, near al-Kashmah, Syria, via social media report.

84. Dec. 12, 2018, near Hajin, Syria, via self-report.

85. Dec. 12, 2018, near Abu Kamal, Syria, via self-report.

86. Dec. 20, 2018, near al-Shafaa, Syria, via social media report.

87. Jan. 10, 2019, near al-Shajlah, Syria, via self-report.

88. Jan. 18, 2019, near al-Baghouz, Abu Kamal, Syria, via social media report.

89. Jan. 22, 2019, near al-Shajlah, Syria, via social media report.

90. Jan. 23, 2019, near al-Baghouz, Syria, via social media report.

91. Jan. 25, 2019, near al-Baghouz Fawqani, Syria, via self-report.

92. Jan. 25, 2019, near al-Mrashdah, Syria, via self-report.

93. Feb. 6, 2019, near al-Busayrah, Syria, via self-report.

94. Feb. 10, 2019, near Omer Oil fields, Syria, via media report and Airwars report.

95. Feb. 11, 2019, near al-Baghouz, Syria, via social media report.

96. Feb. 12, 2019, near al-Baghouz, Syria, via social media report.

97. Mar. 2, 2019, near al-Baghouz Fawqani, Syria, via self-report.

98. Mar. 13, 2019, near al-Baghouz, Syria, via Airwars report.

99. Mar. 18, 2019, near al-Baghouz Fawqani, Syria, via self-report.

100. Apr. 24, 2019, near Al-Daman, Syria, via Airwars report.

Editor’s Note: In the June 26, 2019 Civilian Casualty Report, CJTF-OIR reported that there was an open case for May 24, 2017. This was an administrative error and no such open case exists; the case has been removed from the list of open reports.