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Iraqi, U.S. soldiers Attacked by Insurgents Firing from Mosque

Mosul, Iraq
- Soldiers of the Iraqi National Guard and Multi-National Forces came under attack while on a mission to deliver much needed supplies to a school in northern Iraq, Jan.11.

Soldiers of the 106th ING and the U.S.1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment came under attack during delivery of heaters and supplies to a school in Al Monsur. The troops were hit by a roadside bomb, and then were shot at by anti-Iraqi insurgents firing from the Saddam Mosque.

Three ING soldiers were killed and six others were wounded in the attack. The driver of the truck that was hit by the roadside bomb was killed, and according to a civilian reporter at the scene was the father of 10. The wounded were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Firing from the mosque is a violation of the laws of war. Iraqi authorities have stated that those insurgents using a religious center as their headquarters or as a place to attack Iraqi Security Forces or Multi-National Forces will not be safe.

Iraqi Security Forces continue to work together with leaders and citizens of Iraq to make it a safe, prosperous, and democratic nation. Anyone with information on the attack on the ING soldiers in Mosul should call the Joint Coordination Center's telephone numbers at 513462 or 07701623300.

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