U.S.-led coalition hits mosque in Syria used by Islamic State
|CTVnews 12 Feb 2019 at 02:04|
In this Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 image from video provided by Hawar News Agency, ANHA, an online Kurdish news service, civilians flee fighting near Baghouz, Syria. (ANHA via AP)
Published Tuesday, February 12, 2019 5:15AM EST
BEIRUT -- The U.S.-led coalition says it has hit a mosque used by the Islamic State group as a command and control centre in eastern Syria.
The coalition said Tuesday it launched the strike in support of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, who are fighting to drive the extremists from their last tiny stronghold near the border with Iraq.
It said the strike occurred Monday as IS was using the mosque to direct attacks and employ suicide car bombs against the SDF.
The coalition s deputy commander, Maj. Gen. Christopher Ghika, was quoted in the statement as saying "this mosque lost its protected status when ISIS deliberately chose to use it as a command and control centre."