The Pentagon officially acknowledged the fact that a US airstrike hit a mosque in Syria, Lenta.ru online newspaper reported on May 5.
Pentagon officials commented on the destruction of a building which was part of the mosque complex after the US Central Command investigation. The air strike happened on March 16, 2017. At least 38 people were killed. The United States categorically rejected both its involvement and the very fact of the bombing of a civilian object for several days, claiming that an attack targeted a building with al-Qaeda (organization banned in Russia – Editor) members hiding in it. At the same time, the videos showing the rescuers taking out numbers of the wounded and the dead civilians from the ruins of the mosque appeared in the social media.
The Pentagon’s official statement did not give an explanation on whether the bombed mosque belonged to the list of social facilities immune from attack, or whether it was withdrawn from the list.
Military experts note that the double standards [of whom to blame] used by the Pentagon have become a common practice. Thus, the US military conducted a missile strike of the Shayrat airbase in Syria following unproven allegations of a Syrian army chemical attack against civilians in the Idlib province, on April 7, 2017. The incident could have escalated into a large-scale conflict between the two largest military powers if Russian military advisors had been present on the Syrian airbase.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency