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18 Mar 2017
Writer: Azizullah Popal

US Confirms Air Raid But Denies Targeting Mosque in Aleppo

The US military said that it carried out a deadly air strike on an al-Qaeda meeting in northern Syria but denied deliberately targeting a mosque in the attack. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said 46 people, mostly civilians, died in an air strike on what it said was a mosque. BBC reported that the US military said it had carried out an air strike, killing several al-Qaeda militants, but did not hit a mosque. "We did not target a mosque, but the building that we did target – which was where the meeting took place – is about 50 metres from a mosque that is still standing," said Colonel John Thomas, spokesman for US central command. According to a central command statement, "US forces conducted an air strike on ab Al-Qaeda in Syria meeting location on March 16th in Idlib, Syria, killing several terrorists." Thomas said that we are going to look into any allegations of civilian casualties in relation to this strikes.

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