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Insurgents attack from Mosque, one Detained

Mosul, Iraq -- Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Striker Combat Team), and Iraqi Security Forces were fired upon by anti-Iraqi insurgents from a mosque in northern Iraq on Jan. 21.

Iraqi Intervention Forces and Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, were patrolling in eastern Mosul when their convoy came under attack by anti-Iraqi insurgents firing from the Al Sabrine Mosque. The IIF conducted a cordon and search of the mosque. They detained an individual, and found and confiscated weapons. The suspect is in custody with no ISF or MNF injuries reported.

Firing from the mosque clearly is a violation of the law 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.


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