Coalition airstrike targets mosque used by Islamic State




AL-UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar (AP) - An airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group targeted a mosque in Syria last week because it was determined to be an insurgent command-and-control center, the U.S. said Sunday.

The coalition said in a statement that while the law of war protects mosques, the use of the building as a headquarters by IS caused it to lose that protected status. It said a dozen fighters were killed.

U.S. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, the top American commander for the Middle East, said Sunday that he is very satisfied that commanders went through the proper procedures to determine that the mosque was being used by IS and that it was a legitimate target.

"The determination that was made by the leadership on the ground that this was this mosque was not being used as a mosque," Votel told reporters traveling with him in Qatar. "These aren't hastily made decisions."

Syrian state media and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said last week that a series of strikes in Sousa near the Iraq border killed and wounded dozens; civilians as well as IS fighters.

The coalition's statement, focused on the mosque, said monitoring of the building "made us aware" of when only IS fighters were present. It said the strike took place Thursday when it was being used to coordinate attacks on the coalition and on U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.

Sousa is in the last IS-held pocket in Syria and Syrian Democratic Forces have been on the offensive for weeks trying to clear the area of the extremists.

The statement did not acknowledge or refute the reports of civilian deaths from coalition airstrikes in the area. "We conduct inquiries into all credible allegations of civilian casualties," it said.

IS fighters recently stormed a settlement for displaced people in the area and kidnapped 130 families.

COMMENTS

More Related News

Donald Trump to speak with families of four Americans killed in Syria
Donald Trump to speak with families of four Americans killed in Syria

Trump announces trip to a Dover, Delaware, military base to meet with families of Americans killed in a Wednesday attack by a suicide bomber in Syria.

Syria attack victims include daughter of US police official
Syria attack victims include daughter of US police official
  • World
  • 2019-01-18 18:52:50Z

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - One of the four Americans killed in a suicide bomb attack in Syria this week was a Navy sailor and married mother of two whose father is a high-ranking officer in the New York State Police, officials said Friday.

U.S. names three killed in Syria blast claimed by Islamic State
U.S. names three killed in Syria blast claimed by Islamic State
  • US
  • 2019-01-18 13:11:56Z

Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician Shannon Kent, 35, identified as being from upstate New York, and Scott Wirtz, a civilian Department of Defense employee from St. Louis, died during the Wednesday attack in Manbij, Syria, the Department of Defense said in a statement. The Pentagon did not identify the fourth person killed, a contractor working for a private company.

Booming Qatar-Turkey trade to hit $2 billion for 2018 as Gulf rift drags on
Booming Qatar-Turkey trade to hit $2 billion for 2018 as Gulf rift drags on
  • World
  • 2019-01-17 06:55:48Z

Ankara has emerged as one of Qatar's top partners since a Saudi Arabia-led bloc launched a trade and diplomatic boycott of the tiny Gulf state in 2017, sending additional troops and food to shore up Qatar's needs just after it began. Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt accuse

Pence Declares ISIS
Pence Declares ISIS 'Defeated' Hours after Group Brags of Killing U.S. Troops

Vice President Mike Pence declared the Islamic State "defeated" in remarks at the State Department Wednesday delivered just hours after the terror group claimed credit for a deadly suicide bombing that killed several U.S. service members. "The caliphate has crumbled and ISIS has been defeated," Pence said during an address to the Global Chiefs of Mission Conference at the State Department. Vice President Pence now: "Thx to the leadership of this CIC and the courage and sacrifice of our armed forces we're now actually able to begin to hand off the fight against ISIS in Syria…We are bringing our troops home.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Latin America

facebook
Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.