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Coalition destroys IS mosque used as 'fighting position'

WASHINGTON, Oct 22 (KUNA) -- An airstrike by the coalition against the so-called Islamic State (IS) destroyed several of the group's building used to attack Syrian Democratic Forces in Syria, including a mosque that was used as a "defensive fighting position," according to US Central Command (CENTCOM).
The strike killed several IS members as they were firing on coalition partner forces, said a CENTCOM statement.
"As the second coalition strike on an active IS fighting position originating from a mosque in less than a week, IS demonstrates desperation and the willingness to misuse protected structures to launch military attacks against SDF and Coalition forces," it said.
"After monitoring to reduce the risk to civilians, the Coalition precision strike targeted and destroyed the buildings adapted by IS terrorists as command centers and fighting positions when only their fighters were present," said the statement.
"IS continues to violate the Law of Armed Conflict and misuse religious sites," it reiterated. (end) ak.bs