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Syria Mosque Attacked, US Admits Strike on «Al-Qaeda Meeting» Only
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Dozens of worshipers had been martyred in an airstrike on a mosque in Syria's Aleppo province. While the Pentagon only admitted to striking terrorists several miles away in Idlib, some reports suggest US missile debris were recovered from the mosque's rubble.

Shelled car next to destroyed mosque in the Syrian village

Details of the strike on the al-Jinah mosque are scarce, but over 50 people might have been martyred in the incident, according to various reports. Images from the scene shared on social media show the wide-scale destruction.

None of the forces present in the area had taken responsibility for the strike yet. Both Russian and Syrian planes in addition to American-led air power are conducting operations against terrorist units in the area.

Some rushed to blame Moscow or Damascus for the carnage, after activists of the so-called "White Helmets" rescue organization and no less the notorious UK-based so-called "Syrian Observatory for Human Rights" shared first images from the scene.

"We did not target a mosque, but the building that we did target -- which was where the meeting took place -- is about 50 feet [15 meters] from a mosque that is still standing," said Colonel John J. Thomas, spokesman for US Central Command according to AFP.

Journalist Samuel Oakford, who was previously UN correspondent at Vice News, said that the US central Command confirmed it had carried out a strike in relative close proximity to the mosque.

"US official says that they were targeting an 'Al Qaeda meeting place" that was across from the mosque in Aleppo. 'We took the strike'", he tweeted. Earlier, the reporter claimed the US Central Command told him the Americans conducted a strike on a target just several miles away, in the bordering Idlib province, and was looking into the Aleppo suburb mosque strike.

CENTCOM spokesperson, Maj. Josh Jacques, told the London-based Airwars monitoring group that the target was "assessed to be a meeting place for al Qaeda, and we took the strike."

"It happened to be across the street from where there is a mosque," said Jacques, specifying that the mosque was not the target and that it wasn't hit directly.

"To be clear: this was a unilateral US strike, not part of anti-‘ISIS' Coalition activities," Oakford emphasized in another tweet.

Meanwhile Sakir Khader, who identifies himself as a journalist with a focus on Syria, Turkey, and the wider Middle East, posted a picture of the missile debris, which he claimed to have come from the rubble of the destroyed mosque.

While the location and authenticity of the photo are yet to be independently investigated, the picture shows Latin inscription on a metal plate alleged to be a piece of the missile.

Neither the Russian nor the US militaries, as well as Damascus, had yet to officially comment on the incident.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

17-03-2017 | 15:18


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