Invasion of Iraq ferocious yet careful near holy sites

04/14/2003
The attack against the regime of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has been simultaneously ferocious and careful.Saddam's loyalists resisting the advance on Baghdad have taken an unbelievable pounding from the air and ground. Yet when a group of them on Apr. 2 shot weapons at allied troops from a mosque outside Najaf, about 100 miles south of Baghdad, there was no return fire.Under the pressure of combat, such restraint is remarkable. And it might turn out to be pivotal to both the war and Iraqi reconstruction.The allied troops under fire from the mosque understood that this is no ordinary building.It's the gold-domed Mosque of Ali, housing the tomb of the Prophet Muhammad's son-...
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