The U.S. began investigating airstrike in Syria after reports of the deaths of 42 people
Moscow. March 22. INTERFAX.RU — the Us military launched a formal investigation into the impact of military aviation in Northern Syria after local residents reported the death of over 40 people, reports CNN TV channel with reference to two representatives of the U.S. Department of defense.
“The investigation will try to establish more precisely exactly what happened,” — said the TV channel sources. According to them, the investigation was initiated by the joint special operations command, which carried out the mission.
“The investigation will ultimately be reviewed by the head of the U.S. Central command, General Joseph Votela, which oversees all military operations in the region. Votel can either accept the results (of the investigation — if), or send them for further consideration by the military legal authorities”,- said the representatives of the U.S. Department of defense.
They added that this is not a criminal investigation, but it allows you to appoint an investigator who has the opportunity to interview soldiers and to review the classified materials to determine whether civilians are killed.
Pentagon spokesman U.S. Jeff Davis said that US aircraft bombed not on the mosque in the North of Syria, and the nearby building where there were dozens of militants of the terrorist group “al-Qaeda”.
“The mosque is still standing and relatively intact,” he said Friday, promising to publish photographs from the scene.
The representative of the Central military command, U.S. (Centcom), Colonel John Thomas, in turn, said that an investigation will be conducted regarding the airstrike on the mosque in the North of Syria.
Earlier media reported about the impacts of military aviation on a mosque in Aleppo province, which killed 42 people.