December 15, 2018 5:39 pm
Updated: December 15, 2018 5:47 pm

U.S.-led coalition destroys Syrian mosque used as ISIS command and control centre

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The U.S.-led coalition in Syria destroyed on Saturday a mosque in the town of Hajin which had been used as an Islamic State command and control centre, the U.S. military said.

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Hajin is the last big town that the Islamic State holds in its remaining enclave east of the Euphrates River. The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, spearheaded by the Kurdish militia, have battled to eliminate the jihadists there for several months.

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The U.S. coalition said that 16 heavily armed IS fighters were using the mosque as a base to attack.

“This strike killed these terrorists who presented an imminent threat, and eliminated another deadly ISIS (Islamic State) operational capability from the battlefield,” the U.S. military said in a statement.

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Lilwa al-Abdallah, spokeswoman for the offensive in eastern Deir al-Zor province, said on Friday that the coalition would soon re-take Hajin.

Islamic State lost nearly all the territory it once held in Syria last year in separate offensives by the U.S.-backed SDF on the one hand, and the Russian-backed Syrian army on the other.

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