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Founded2014; 5 years ago (2014)
FounderChris Woods
TypeTransparency project
HeadquartersLondon, England
Area served
Iraq, Syria and Libya

Airwars is a London, UK-based[1] not-for-profit company that tracks and archives the international air war against Islamic State and other groups in Iraq, Syria and Libya, and assesses and follows up on credible allegations of civilian casualties from coalition and Russian airstrikes.[2][3][4]

Airwars was founded by investigative journalist Chris Woods[5] in the fall of 2014. It was registered in England and Wales as a private company limited by guarantee in August 2016.[6]


Airwars draws on a number of information sources including NGOs, monitoring groups such as the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), international and local news agencies, social media sites including local residents’ groups, in-country researchers, Facebook pages, YouTube footage of incidents, tweets relating to specific events and from military and other government sources.[7]


Sources of funding include Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Open Society Foundations and Stichting Democratie en Media.[8]


  1. ^ Press, Associated (November 30, 2017). "Pentagon: 801 civilians killed in coalition airstrikes". Fox News. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  2. ^ Press, Associated (June 9, 2017). "Rights groups: Many casualties in Mosul from heavy weapons". Fox News. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  3. ^ "Battle against ISIS in Mosul left over 9,000 dead". New York Post. December 20, 2017. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  4. ^ "Reuters News - U.S.-led forces acknowledge killing 51 more civilians in Iraq, Syria". Townhall. October 26, 2017. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  5. ^ "Syria becomes a testing ground as Russia revives its defence industry". The National. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  6. ^ "AIRWARS - Overview". Companies House. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Our methodology". Airwars. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Non profit. What is Airwars ?". January 20, 2017. Retrieved April 4, 2018.

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