May 13, 2015 / 7:14 PM / 2 years ago

U.S. says coalition didn't bomb mosque despite Iraq's claims

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military on Wednesday strongly denied claims by Iraq’s government that a coalition air strike hit a mosque where the deputy commander of Islamic State insurgents had been meeting other insurgents in the north of the country.

The U.S. military’s Central Command, in a statement, also said it had no information to corroborate reporting about Iraqi claims that the militant leader, Abu Alaa al-Afari, had been killed in such a strike.

Reporting by Phil Stewart and Doina Chiacu

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