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November 19, 2004
The Gloves Are Off

In a welcome development, joint US-Iraqi forces have decided that mosques are no longer privileged areas after seeing so many of them used as terrorist bases in Fallujah. A Baghdad mosque used to exhort Sunnis to join the insurgency was raided earlier today and a firefight broke out:

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. In the battle for control of Mosul, Iraqi forces raided several areas overnight, killing 15 insurgents, Iraqi and U.S. military officials said. ...

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

The message should be clear to terrorists and the would-be lunatics: no hiding place is safe from the new Iraqi government or the Coalition troops determined to ensure its survival. Political correctness has gone far enough. If Muslims have so little respect for their mosques that they use them as weapons caches, recruitment centers, and sniper positions, then we will honor their actions and declare them open territory.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at November 19, 2004 10:03 AM

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