[Marxism] US attacks Fallujah mosque; 40 killed

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Apr 7 08:35:50 MDT 2004

U.S. hits Fallujah mosque; 40 killed
By The Associated Press

April 7, 2004, 9:57 AM EDT

FALLUJAH, Iraq -- A U.S. helicopter fired three missiles at a mosque 
compound in the city of Fallujah on Wednesday, killing about 40 people 
as American forces battled Sunni insurgents, witnesses said.

Cars ferried bodies from the scene, though there was no immediate 
confirmation of causalities.

Part of the wall surrounding the Abdul-Aziz al-Samarrai mosque was 
demolished, said AP reporter Abdul-Qader Saadi, though the mosque 
building was not damaged.

The strike came as worshippers gathered for afternoon prayers, witnesses 
said. They said the dead were taken to private homes in the area where 
temporary hospitals have been set up.

Angry residents gathered around the mosque after the strike. The offices 
of an organization of Sunni clerics next door was also lightly damaged.

U.S. Marines have besieged Fallujah, west of Baghdad, for the past three 
days in a major operation aimed at uprooting insurgents.


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