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2 US Soldiers In Afghanistan Convert To Islam

From their co-religionists at Reuters:

Two U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan convert to Islam: paper

KABUL (Reuters) – Two American soldiers have converted to Islam and married in Afghanistan, a state newspaper said on Thursday.

A U.S. military spokesman said he was checking the reports and pointed out that freedom of religion was enshrined in the U.S. constitution.

The Hewad Daily reported the pair served as soldiers in the U.S. army at Bagram air base which is the hub of U.S.-led operations in Afghanistan and lies to the north of the capital Kabul.

Several dozen Westerners visiting Afghanistan have become Muslims since the Taliban were toppled in 2001, but it was the first time any U.S. soldiers were reported to have converted to Islam.

A religious cleric welcomed their conversion. “If any body embraces Islam, …, his sins committed in this world will be forgiven and Allah praises him and his family, and will bless him in the coming world too,” Hamidullah said.

At last, a human interest story from our watchdog media about our brave soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.

You know, the kind the papers were replete with in WWII. (Well, maybe not exactly like those. Since I don’t think there were too many feel good stories about troops going over to National Socialism.)

Still, we wish the newlyweds luck, and hope that they can avoid any “honor killings” in their future.

We also I hope these new devotees will be kept away from any ordnance — like hand grenades.

Just to be on the safe side.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 26th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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