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By John Bacon, USA TODAY

Pro-Syrian government hackers defaced a Marine Corpsrecruitment website Monday, posting a letter on Marines.com arguing thatthe Syrian government is "fighting a vile common enemy."

Capt. Eric Flanagan, a spokesman for the Marine Corps, confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that the Marines site had been hacked. The Syrian Electronic Army claimed responsibility.

"TheSyrian army should be your ally not your enemy," the letter read."Refuse your orders and concentrate on the real reason every soldierjoins their military, to defend their homeland. You're more than welcometo fight alongside our army rather than against it."

PresidentObama has proposed an unspecified military strike against the Syrianregime in retaliation for what U.S. officials say is evidence thatSyrian troops used chemical weapons against their own people. There hasbeen no indication that Marines or other U.S. ground forces would beinvolved in such a strike.

The hack included pictures of peoplewearing U.S. military uniforms holding signs reading "I will not fightfor Al Qaeda" and "I didn't join the Marine Corps to Fight for Al Qaedain a Syrian civil war."

Al-Qaeda operatives have been fighting government troops in some areas of Syria.

The Syrian Electronic Army has recently claimed responsibility for hacking into The New York Times, The Washington Post and other websites.