Published: Sat, March 18, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

USA claims Syria strike, denies hitting mosque where 46 killed

USA claims Syria strike, denies hitting mosque where 46 killed

"A warplane, which we believe was a Russian jet, bombed a mosque during prayer time in Jina village near the Al-Etarip district of Aleppo", he said.

Al Jina is in Aleppo, but close to the border with Idlib province in northwestern Syria.

A US airstrike in Syria killed "dozens" of Al Qaeda fighters - and may have eliminated some of the terror network's "high value" leaders - but did not directly strike a mosque, a Pentagon spokesman told reporters Friday.

The U.S. military has denied carrying out a bombing in Syria that local activists said struck a mosque and killed dozens of civilians.

A USA -led coalition Rockwell B-1 Lancer flies above the Syrian city of Kobane on November 5, 2014.

"You will have collateral damage, the problem is that it was prayer time and a lot of people should have been expected to be gathering in that particular mosque", Waqqaf said. The photo showed extensive damage to the building, and debris scattered toward the mosque, but little visible damage to the mosque or two cars parked next to it.

The attack was also documented by the Syria Civil Defense, better known as the White Helmets, which seemed to corroborate that the strike hit a mosque in the village.

But U.S. Central Command says it has intelligence showing that the mosque was across a street from the building where the al Qaeda leaders were meeting. The US has also carried out strikes there in recent months, targeting a militant rebel group that until previous year was a formal affiliate of al-Qaeda.

Al-Jinnah is located in the Idlib province, which is controlled by rebel and Islamist factions, according to the Observatory. "What we did target was destroyed".

Senior U.S. military officials have called for increased talks between Washington and Moscow to "deconflict" operations and make sure there are no collisions between aircraft. It said at least 35 people were killed.

Syria's Bar Association said that 16 lawyers were among those killed in the attack.

The civil war has killed about 400,000 people, wounded more than a million and displaced half the country's population.

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