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Coalition Forces mortar fire damages mosque in Balad

- A Coalition Forces mortar round fell short of its intended target and damaged a window in a mosque in Balad at about 11:30 a.m. April 17. The Soldiers were test-firing a 120mm mortar system from a nearby Coalition Forces base when a round fell short, damaging the surrounding wall to the mosque complex and one window was damaged by the concussion of the impact.
The Coalition Soldiers immediately stopped firing and a Task Force Liberty combat patrol went to investigate the impact of the round. There were no civilian injuries. An investigation into the incident is underway, as well as coordination with local authorities to arrange for repair of the damage.

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