U.S. Forces Raid Iraq Mosque, Kill 32 Militiamen

(AP/Washington Post) U.S. and Iraqi forces raided Kufa's Sahla mosque Sunday where they said insurgents stored weapons, and the military said at least 32 fighters loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr were killed. American troops smashed the gate to the mosque complex with an armored vehicle and killed people inside, mosque employee Radhi Mohammed said. U.S. soldiers fought militiamen near the mosque and then raided it for weapons after an Iraqi counterterrorism force "cleared" the site, the military said. Soldiers seized a machine gun, two mortar tubes and more than 200 mortar rounds, along with rocket-propelled grenade launchers and rounds.

2004-05-24 00:00:00

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