One Mosque Burned in Hurriya (Not 4 as reported by Green Zone Media)


BAGHDAD. €” Contrary to recent media reporting that four mosques were burned in Hurriya, an Iraqi Army patrol investigating the area found only one mosque had been burned in the neighborhood.

Soldiers from the 6th Iraqi Army Division conducted a patrol in Hurriya Friday afternoon in response to media reports that four mosques were being burned as retaliation for the VBIED attacks in Sadr City on Thursday.

The Soldiers set up a checkpoint near the Al Muhaimen mosque at approximately 2 p.m. and found the mosque intact with no evidence of any fire at the location.

While investigating the Al Meshaheda mosque, the patrol received small arms fire from unknown insurgents. The patrol returned fire, and the insurgents broke contact and fled the area. A subsequent check of the mosque found the mosque intact with no evidence of a fire….

An alleged attack on a fourth mosque remains unconfirmed.

The patrol was also unable to confirm media reports that six Sunni civilians were allegedly dragged out of Friday prayers and burned to death. Neither Baghdad police nor Coalition forces have reports of any such incident.


I’m glad to see the military get their side of the story out. There have been reports that some of the major media operating from the Green Zone in Bagdad are simply relying on stringers, some with insurgent ties, to report the news.
No one questions that Iraq is a dangerous place. But, if these Green Zone Reporters are not going to report the news, they should not be using questionable and unreliable sources for the reports which go out on their letterhead. It is more than the just credibility of the media that is at stake.  Read more at the MNF Website

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