Newsweek‘s Joshua Hammer offers an unintended glimpse into the role of religion — American, that is — in the Iraq war. Riding along with the U.S. Army’s Bravo Company on a Halloween raid in Fallujah, Hammer collects the scraps that reveal one of the under-reported stratagems of the conflict — the reliance of U.S. troops on Christian spiritual armor. “Lord, there are bad guys out there,” says the company’s chaplain, leading them in a pre-raid prayer. “Just help us kill ’em.” Perhaps he will — General Boykin’s God is stronger than Allah and all the “Hajjis” — a Muslim term of respect for those who make the pilgrimage to Mecca, recast by U.S. troops as a slur — who fight for Him.