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The Air Strike Tracker chronicles every reported U.S. air strike that has affected civilians since September 11, 2001. The visual interface makes information about each bombing incident from numerous sources highly accessible, often providing the ability to view online videos and other relevant media. You can browse incidents by location, date, or tags (e.g. unmanned drones, official investigations, local protest). The Air Strike Tracker is an ongoing project, and we will continue to update the underlying data as new information is obtained.
The Air Strike Tracker serves as a record of reported U.S. aerial bombing attacks, and should not be confused with estimates of actual mortality or other figures. We only include strikes reported by reputable news agencies or by organizations with researchers on the ground. Because many air attacks never get reported, especially in rural or dangerous regions, our database represents a mere sampling of actual bombing incidents. Surveys that aim to study real mortality rates in Iraq include the Lancet Survey, 2006, the ORB Study, 2007, and the Iraqi Health Ministry Survey (2008).
The strike tracker was created in the spirit that every civilian casualty caused by U.S. fire deserves attention from the American people and compassion for the innocent victims. The makers are not anti-military, nor do we wish to imply that every incident in the system is evidence of immoral action. We know that there is a delicate balance to be struck in the vigorous defense of U.S. security and values, on the one hand, and the commitment to the highest demands of humanitarianism on the other. To that end we hope the strike tracker will serve as an important empirical tool and a forum for constructive dialogue.
The Air Strike Tracker was created with help from Iraq Body Count as well as the research on Afganistan bombing by Mark Herold, phd of University of New Hampshire. While OurBombs.com researchers have gone through every strike and made significant changes to the data in our system, the two projects were helpful in providing us with an initial data set.
Project oversight, design, and Flash programing was done by Neil Halloran. The primary researcher for the project was Sarah Weiner. Back-end programing and other assistance was provided Jonathan Kerls, Chris Bauman, and Eric Hochhalter.
Our Bombs strike tracker is an independent project and welcomes additional funding or volunteer assistance. Volunteers could help search the internet for additional media and missed strikes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations can be made through the about page.