BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – The official website of the U.S.-led Operation Inherent Resolve accused the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) on Sunday of using protected structures to attack their forces inside Syria.
“On Dec. 15, a Coalition precision strike destroyed an ISIS command and control facility in a mosque in southern Hajin, Syria,” the statement began.
“ISIS continues to use protected structures to launch attacks against our Coalition partners with complete disregard for the infrastructure and innocent human lives. At the time of the strike, this command and control node was occupied by over 16 heavily armed ISIS fighters who were using the structure to command attacks against Coalition partners. This strike killed these terrorists who presented an imminent threat, and eliminated another deadly ISIS operational capability from the battlefield,” they said, accusing the terrorist group of violating the Law of Armed Conflict.
The U.S. Coalition also accused the Islamic State of misusing protected structures like hospitals and religious sites for their own military gains.
This statement by the U.S. Coalition comes 72 hours after their allied ground forces seized the key town of Hajin, which was considered the terrorist group’s de facto capital inside of Syria.