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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:22 am    Post subject: Thu 16 Mar -ALEPPO - US targets Mosque, kills 42 worshippers Reply with quote

Pentagon denies striking Syrian mosque, but rather a nearby building
By Paul Antonopoulos - 18/03/20170
https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/pentagon-denies-striking-syrian-m osque-that-killed-scores/

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 A.M.) – The Pentagon has dismissed reports that it struck a mosque in an airstrike in western Aleppo province, but rather it targeted a nearby building full of Al-Qaeda militants.

Most reports have suggested that 42 civilians were killed when US airstrikes hit a mosque full of worshipers on Thursday night.

The Pentagon has released an image that corroborates their claim (seen above).

“The mosque is still standing and relatively unscathed,” Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis claimed.

“The building we targeted was adjacent” and the strike “clearly hit the intended target,” he added.

However, Abu Muhammed, a village resident, told the AFP news agency that he “heard powerful explosions when the mosque was hit.”

“It was right after the prayer at a time when there is usually religious lessons for men in it,” Muhammed added.

Meanwhile, Turkey has said that the airstrikes no doubt hit a mosque and constituted as a war crime.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pentagon Denies Bombing Syrian Mosque, But Its Own Photo May Prove That It Did
Alex Emmons
March 18 2017, 10:58 a.m.
https://theintercept.com/2017/03/17/pentagon-denies-bombing-syrian-mos que-but-its-own-photo-may-prove-that-it-did/

THE PENTAGON SPOKESPERSON insisted that the U.S. airstrike in the rebel-held village of Al-Jina in northern Syria on Thursday night did not hit a mosque. “The area was extensively surveilled prior to the strike in order to minimize civilian casualties,” Navy Captain Jeff Davis wrote in an email. “We deliberately did not target the mosque.”

He even unclassified and circulated a photo. And he pointed out that on the left, you can see a small mosque, still standing.

This image provided by the U.S. NavyDirector of Defense Press Operations purports to show the post-strike view of the site of an al Qaeda senior leader meeting in al-Jinah, Syria, that was struck March 16. This image, provided by the Defense Department’s director of defense press operations, purports to show the post-strike view in al-Jinah, Syria, on March 16. Photo: U.S. Navy
But to the people on the ground, the photo tells a different story.

Activists and first responders say the building that was targeted was a part of the mosque complex — and that the charred rubble shown in the photo was where 300 people were praying when the bombs began to hit.

More than 42 people were killed and dozens more injured, according to monitoring groups and local activists. First responders with the Syrian Civil Defence — known as the “White Helmets” — rushed to treat the wounded and dig corpses out of the rubble.

An administration official told the Washington Post that two armed, Reaper drones fired “roughly [the] entirety of their Hellfire payload and followed up w/ 500 lb bomb.”


The building “was holding a meeting of al Qaeda members,” Maj. Adrian Rankine-Galloway, a Pentagon spokesperson told The Intercept. Davis said military officials “believe dozens of core al Qaeda terrorists were killed.”

According to the monitoring group Airwars, locals say the building the drones struck is part of a mosque and religious school, which was built as an expansion several years ago. Local activist Mohamed al Shaghel told the New York Times that the people in the building had “no affiliation with any military faction or any political side.”


The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based monitoring organization, said that the strike took place between the city of Idlib and Aleppo, and called it a “massacre.”

A sign shown outside the south side of the building reads “Umar ibn Al-Khattab mosque” and indicates it is a religious school. Numerous pictures showing fragments of U.S. hellfire missiles also appeared on social media.

ALEPPO, SYRIA - MARCH 17 : Civil defense team members and people try to rescue people who were trapped under the debris of a Mosque after warcrafts belonging to USA airforces carried out airstrikes during night prayer in Al-Jineh village of Atarib district in Aleppo, Syria on March 17, 2017. (Photo by brahim Ebu Leys/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) The debris after U.S. airstrikes hit a mosque during night prayer in Al-Jineh village of Atarib district in Aleppo, Syria on March 17, 2017. Photo: Ibrahim Ebu Leys/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
The Pentagon has a history of initially denying involvement in some of its worst atrocities. For instance, when the U.S. bombed a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, in 2015, the Pentagon initially claimed it was not targeting the hospital. A Pentagon spokesman said that the destruction of the hospital, which was bombed for more than 30 minutes, killing 42 people, was “collateral damage.” The Pentagon’s story continued to change over coming days, until it eventually admitted responsibility.

Top photo: Syrian civil defense volunteers, known as the White Helmets, dig through the rubble of a mosque following a reported airstrike on a mosque in the village of Al-Jineh in Aleppo province late on March 16, 2017.

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