Graet Satan US denies Syrian mosque massacre claiming at least 42 civilians
The Pentagon has claimed that a US airstrike in northern Syria has not struck a mosque, but rather a nearby building.
According to reports, at least 42 Syrian civilians lost their lives when US warplanes bombed a mosque full of worshipers on Thursday night during evening prayers in a village west of Aleppo.
The Pentagon however asserted on Friday that the airstrike targeted “dozens” of Al-Qaeda militants in a building near the mosque, and it showed reporters what it claimed was an image captured following the attack.
“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.
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 US warplanes had attacked the mosque, killing 42 people, and injuring more than 100 others.
The US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against what are said to be the Daesh terrorists inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate.
The coalition has repeatedly been accused of targeting and killing civilians. It has also been accused of being largely incapable of fulfilling its declared aim of destroying Daesh.