US Military Denies Targeting Mosque In Northwestern Syria

US Military Denies Targeting Mosque In Northwestern Syria

US Military Denies Targeting Mosque In Northwestern Syria

According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies heavily on a network of spies working for the foreign-backed opposition, the United States warplanes had attacked the mosque, killing 42 people, and injuring more than 100 others.

The attack on Thursday came only a day after at least 31 people were killed in a suicide bombing at the main court complex in the capital, Damascus.

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.

A U.S. official confirmed that American planes conducted an airstrike along the border of the provinces of Idlib and Aleppo but said they struck a building, where it was believed an al Qaeda meeting was underway, and killed "several terrorists". "The building we targeted was adjacent" and the strike "clearly hit the intended target". "There is a mosque within 50 feet of that building that is still standing".

Up to 300 people were said to have been worshipping in the mosque at the time of the strike, with many still trapped underneath rubble hours later.

Rescue workers struggled to pull survivors from the rubble and dozens of residents were still unaccounted for, the Observatory said.

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Al-Jineh is held by rebel and Islamist groups, but no jihadist factions are thought to be present.

He told CBS News correspondent David Martin there was a mosque across the street from the building the US hit. It was right after prayers at a time when there are usually religious lessons for men in it.

More than 320,000 people have been killed in Syria since the beginning of its six-year civil war.

A ceasefire between government forces and non-jihadist rebel groups was brokered by rebel backer Turkey and regime ally Russian Federation in December, but violence has continued.

The Syrian and Russian military have carried out many air strikes in Idlib and Aleppo provinces during the war.

The civil war has killed about 400,000 people, wounded more than a million and displaced half the country's population. Monitoring groups say the number is much higher.

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