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"Witnesses said that three missiles had landed near the building as worshippers were gathering for afternoon prayers."

Marine officer: Troops took fire from compound

But Marine Lt. Col. Brennan Byrne told The Associated Press that he ordered the mosque attacked after his men came under fire from 30 to 40 insurgents inside and militants left the compound in an ambulance and shot at U.S. troops.

"If they use the mosque as a military machine, then it's no longer a house of worship and we strike," he said.

I say good for them.


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