Sunday, January 21, 2007

Other priorities

Recalling that George Bush's Iraq surge was supposed to be complemented by reinforcements from the Iraqi side, note this item from a Multinational Forces Baghdad press release --

[MNF-Baghdad] Soldiers responded to an explosion northwest of the Iraqi capital Jan. 19, finding a mosque leveled.

Elements of 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division responded to the location of the Al-Haja Mosque in the Saba al-Bor region after hearing an explosion and receiving a phoned-in tip from a resident stating the mosque was destroyed.

Upon arrival, the unit searched the remains and area surrounding the mosque, reporting no casualties. No Iraqi security forces were on site for the initial search.

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