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WAR: U.S. and Iraqi Troops Storm Baghdad Mosque and Hospital In Mosul

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posted on Nov, 19 2004 @ 07:48 AM
Iraqi troops, backed by U.S. forces stormed a Sunni Muslim Mosque right after Friday prayers had ended. The mosque located in Baghdad has long been associated with anti American activity. According to witnesses at least 3 people were killed and over 40 were taken prisoner. Another raid in the city of Mosul occurred overnight and targeted a hospital that was believed to be sheltering insurgents. Three people were arrested in that raid.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqi forces, backed by U.S. soldiers, stormed one of the major Sunni Muslim mosques in Baghdad after Friday prayers, opening fire and killing at least three people, witnesses said. Another raid overnight at a hospital allegedly used by insurgents in Mosul led to three arrests, the military said.

About 40 people were arrested at the Abu Hanifa mosque in the capital's northwestern Azamiyah neighborhood, according to the witnesses, who were members of the congregation. Another five people were wounded.

It appeared the raid at Abu Hanifa mosque, long associated with anti-American activity, was part of the crackdown on Sunni clerical militants launched in parallel with military operations against the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.

On Thursday, the Iraqi government warned that Islamic clerics who incite violence will be considered as "participating in terrorism." A number of them already have been arrested, including several members of the Sunni clerical Association of Muslim Scholars which spoke out against the U.S.-led offensive against Fallujah.

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The raids come in the face of an increasingly violent insurgency. The U.S. and Iraqi forces are attempting to put down the insurgents in time for the upcoming elections. It has become clear that this process will take some time and is unlikely to be finalized in time for the elections. What effect this will have on them remains to be seen.

posted on Nov, 19 2004 @ 07:59 AM
Good. They learned from Fallujah that the insurgents
use mosques, hospitals, and schools as weapons depots
and staging areas. So now we go into those places
and clean out the trash, with as little disruption to the
civilian population as possible. This is good.

posted on Nov, 19 2004 @ 08:09 AM
Its about time we drive them out of their little hideouts. Cant wait for all the "war crime" responses to follow

posted on Nov, 19 2004 @ 12:13 PM
Hopefully they will watch those leaving the city more carefully - maybe capture Zarqawi or his henchmen.

I'd like to see him captured instead of killed, so that he can face justice in our prison system.

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