Coalition airstrike targets mosque used by Daesh

AL-UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar: The US-led coalition fighting the Daesh group
says an airstrike on a mosque in Syria targeted an insurgent command and
control center and killed a dozen fighters.

The coalition in a statement says that while the law of war protects
mosques, the use of the building as a headquarters by Daesh caused it to
lose that protected status.

Syrian state media and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human
Rights said last week that strikes in Sousa near the Iraq border killed
and wounded dozens, including civilians and Daesh fighters.

The coalition says Daesh deliberately chose the mosque and repeatedly
used it to plan and coordinate attacks on US-backed Syrian Democratic
Forces. Sousa is in the last Daesh-held pocket in Syria where those
forces have been fighting extremists for weeks.

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