Attack on the Omar Ibn al-Khatab Mosque. US Authorities’ Failure to Take Adequate Precautions

The report, “Attack on the Omar Ibn al-Khatab Mosque: US Authorities’ Failure to Take Adequate Precautions,” found that statements by US military authorities after the attack indicate that they failed to understand that the targeted building was a mosque, that prayer was about to begin, and that a religious lecture was taking place at the time of the attack. A proper analysis of the target and its use would probably have established at least some of these elements. Human Rights Watch has not found evidence to support the allegation that members of al-Qaeda or any other armed group were meeting in the mosque.

https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/report_pdf/syria0417_web.PDF

 

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