According to a statement by Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis, dozens of core Al Qaeda leaders are believed to have been killed in a U.S led airstrike in Jinah, Syria last week.

Captain Davis delivered a written statement and then briefly took questions from reporters regarding the strike.  Opponents in Syria have accused U.S. forces or targeting and destroying a mosque located near the target site, but post-strike aerial photography was released alongside the written statement clearly showing the mosque remaining intact where it stood, adjacent to the target building.

“I wanted to draw your attention to it, because I think there are a lot of reports suggesting that we had targeted a mosque,” he said. “We did not. Of course, you know we never would.”

This picture provided by the Defense Department shows the mosque in question on the left side of the image, clearly intact after the strike.

The air strike saw participation from both manned and unmanned aircraft and occurred at approximately 7PM local time, about seventeen miles southwest of Aleppo.  The identities of those killed in the strike have not yet been confirmed, but Davis claims it is likely that a number of high-value targets were present for the meeting.