U.S. Troops Build Islamic Center at Kandahar

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U.S. Troops stationed in Afghanistan built an Islamic center at Kandahar Airfield.

The troops spent 10 weeks converting an old building into a place of worship for Afghan Muslims.

On the weekends, classes will be offered at the center.

"We celebrate the establishment of this center as a place for Muslims within our base community to practice their faith in a solemn and reverent atmosphere," Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Kendall said at the dedication ceremony.

Some say the project shows that the U.S. is not trying to change the Afghan people or their religion.

The conversion was completed just in time for the Muslim month of Ramadan, which began Monday. During Ramadan, Muslims observe a complete fast -- both food and drink -- from dawn to dusk, partaking in a special holiday meal each evening.

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