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Al-Askariya Shrine damaged by Explosives!

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BAGHDAD, Iraq - A car bomb exploded Tuesday on a street packed with shoppers in a Shiite area of Baghdad, killing 22 people and wounding 28, police said. It was the deadliest bomb attack in the Iraqi capital in a month.

Terrified children screamed and several women wailed for their dead, crying, "the terrorists, may God punish them." Shattered bits of fruits and vegetables from vendors' pushcarts lay scattered on the street amid pools of blood.

On Wednesday, a large explosion destroyed the golden dome of one of Iraq's most famous Shiite religious shrines in Samarra, the U.S. military said, sending protesters pouring into the streets.

Police believed there were victims buried under the debris of the Askariya Shrine but had no immediate casualty figures. The attack on a major Shiite religious symbol raised fears of an escalation in sectarian violence.

Thousands of demonstrators gathered near the shrine, waving Iraqi flags, Shiite religious flags and copies of the Quran.

"This criminal act aims at igniting civil strife," said Mahmoud al-Samarie, 28-year-old builder who was among the crowd. "We demand an investigation so that the criminals who did this be punished. If the government fails to do so, then we will take up arms and chase the people behind this attack."

Religious leaders at other mosques and shrines throughout Samarra, about 60 miles north of Baghdad, denounced the attack.

At least eight other people were killed and more than 30 injured Tuesday in bombings and shootings elsewhere in Baghdad and in attacks on beauty parlors and liquor stores — symbols of Western influence — in Baqouba northeast of the capital.

The car bombing occurred shortly before 5 p.m. in a Shiite corner of Dora, a predominantly Sunni Arab district of Baghdad and one of the most dangerous parts of the city — rocked almost daily by bombings, ambushes and assassinations.

Police Maj. Gen. Mahdi al-Gharawi said the bomb was detonated by remote control and an Iraqi suspected of triggering the device had been arrested. Claims of early arrests in bombing cases often prove premature.

Another policeman, 1st Lt. Maitham Abdul-Razaq, said the blast apparently was aimed at a police patrol but missed its target, killing and maiming shoppers strolling with their families along a street lined with appliance shops and fruit and vegetable stalls.

It was the deadliest bombing in Baghdad since Jan. 19, when a suicide attacker blew himself up in a coffee shop, killing 22 people and injuring 23.

The Dora bombing was the second major attack in as many days against a Shiite target in the capital. Twelve people died Monday when a suicide bomber detonated an explosives belt on a bus in the heavily Shiite district of Kazimiyah.

At least 969 Iraqis have been killed in war-related violence this year and at least 986 have been wounded, according to an Associated Press count.

However, large-scale attacks against civilians have declined in recent weeks amid widespread public criticism, including from Sunnis clerics and others sympathetic to the Sunni-dominated insurgency.

A roadside bomb exploded Wednesday near a primary school in a mostly Shiite area in southern Iraq, killing two boys and injuring four others, police said. The incident happened at about 7:45 a.m. in the Bashrogiya area near Kut, 100 miles southeast of Baghdad, police Lt. Othman al-Rawi said.

Some Sunni insurgent groups are believed to be holding back to give Sunni Arab politicians a chance to negotiate concessions from Shiites and Kurds during talks on a new government.

However, talks among parties that won parliamentary seats in the Dec. 15 elections have bogged down because of fundamental differences among Shiite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish politicians.

U.S. officials believe a government capable of winning the trust of all communities is essential so the United States can hand over more security responsibility to the Iraqis and begin sending the 138,000 American troops home this year.

On Tuesday, Mohammed al-Askari, a Defense Ministry spokesman, confirmed that Iraqi soldiers had detained 18 policemen who had seized two men for unknown reasons. Al-Askari added that one of the men who were held captive by the 18 was a police officer from the mostly Shiite southern city of Kut.

The Interior Ministry has denied running or sanctioning death squads. On Thursday, however, the ministry announced an investigation into alleged death squads after U.S. military officials announced the arrest last month of 22 policemen who were about to kill a Sunni Arab north of Baghdad.

Also Tuesday, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw lent his voice to international calls for a broad-based government, telling Iraqi leaders in Baghdad that "no party, no ethnic or religious grouping can dominate" the next government.

"It is a crucial moment today for the people of Iraq," Straw told reporters after meeting President Jalal Talabani. "The international community, particularly those of us who played a part in liberating Iraq, obviously have an interest in a prosperous and stable and democratic Iraq."

Straw's comments followed a blunt warning Monday by U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad that Iraqis risk losing international support if key ministries end up in the hands of politicians with ties to militias.

"We are not going to invest the resources of the American people and build forces that are run by people who are sectarian" and tied to the militias, Khalilzad said.

A coalition of Shiite Muslim religious parties won 130 of the 275 seats in the new parliament, and Shiite leaders insist their strong showing in the election gives them the right to control key ministries.

A Kurdish alliance won 53 seats and two Sunni Arab blocs together took 55 seats — a major increase over Sunni representation in the outgoing parliament.

Sunni Arabs have accused the Shiite-run Interior Ministry of kidnapping and murdering Sunni civilians, a charge the ministry denies. Shiites and Kurds dominate the army and police, while most of the insurgents are Sunni Arabs.

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Explosion at a Shiite holy site in Samarra, Iraq, destroys the al Askariya "Golden Mosque," U.S. military says. Probe under way.

Does anyone any more info.?

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A bomb attack in Iraq has damaged one of the Muslim world's holiest shrines, sparking demonstrations outside.

The blast happened early in the morning at the Askariya shrine in Samarra, 90km (60 miles) north of Baghdad.

Two armed men overcame the guards are before detonating explosives. Reports say part of the building's celebrated golden dome has been damaged.

The shrine contains the tombs of two revered Shia imams and attracts pilgrims from all over the world.

The BBC's Jon Brain in Baghdad says the attack appears to be an attempt to stir sectarian violence.

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The CNN report says that the dome had been blown off.

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http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/02/22/...main/index.html

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- An explosion ripped through a Shiite holy site in Samarra on Wednesday, destroying the al Askariya "Golden Mosque," a U.S. military statement said.

The cause of the blast was not immediately know, but was being investigated, according to the military.

A photo provided by the U.S. Army showed the dome had been blown off the mosque, with debris littering the area.

The site is sacred to Shia, because they believe Iman al Mehdi will appear at the mosque, bringing them salvation.

Samarra is located in southern Salah ad Din province, about 70 miles (110 km) northwest of Baghdad.

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According to BBC (TV), this follows an attack (Dora, yesterday). This latest attack took place sometimes after 7 this morning, when some insurgents turned up at the Shrine and placed their bombs. There's no details of any casulties as yet. There, of course, is a protest underway in both Samarah and Baghdad.

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From the BBC

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Iraqi blast damages Shia shrine

The dome of the building was blown apart by the bombs

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A bomb attack in Iraq has badly damaged one of Shia Islam's holiest shrines, sparking large demonstrations outside.

The blast happened early in the morning at the al-Askari shrine in Samarra, 90km (60 miles) north of Baghdad.

Two armed men overcame the guards before detonating explosives. The top part of the building's celebrated golden dome has been destroyed.

The shrine contains the tombs of two revered Shia imams and attracts pilgrims from all over the world.

The BBC's Jon Brain in Baghdad says the attack was almost certainly designed to raise the existing tensions between the majority Shia and minority Sunni populations.

There were no reports of injuries in the attack, but thousands of people have gathered outside in protest.

Holy site

The al-Askari shrine, part of the Imam Ali al-Hadi mausoleum, is one of Shia Islam's holiest sites.

The golden dome of the al-Askari shrine was a Samarra landmark

The compound contains the remains of the 10th and 11th imams, reputed to be direct descendants of the Prophet Muhammad.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which came one day after a visit to Iraq by UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.

He urged Iraq's divided political groups to put aside sectarian differences and quickly form a new national government.

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Change the title of this thread.

Where does it say that the attackers were Sunni?

I hope those responsible die a very very painful death and are tortured in the hereafter worse than anybody could imagine

Ilaahi Ameen.

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Salamun Alaikum,

Indeed it is a very sad day for Shia worldwide. May Allah (swt) give patience to the relatives of the victims and hasten the reappearance of the 12th Imam a.s.

We must be careful not to point accusations straight away at the Sunnis. For all we know it could be americans, israelis, wahhabis, anyone. Rather than causing unneccesary conflict we must wait until all the facts are ascertained.

Wasalam

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http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/02/22/...main/index.html

Wednesday, destroying the golden dome of the al Askariya mosque, a U.S. military statement and a local security official said.

Photographs showed that the dome had been destroyed and that the surrounding area had been heavily damaged.

An official with the Salahuldin Joint Coordination Center said a group of men dressed as Iraqi Police commandos entered the shrine around 7 a.m. (11 p.m. ET Tuesday) and detonated explosives under the dome, collapsing it and damaging the entire mosque.

The site is sacred to Shia, because they believe Iman al Mehdi will appear at the mosque, bringing them salvation.

Al Mehdi is the 12th and final awaited Imam in Shia Islam. He is the son of Iman Hasan al Askari, the 11th Iman, buried in the shrine. His grandfather, the 10th Iman, is also buried there.

Al Mehdi is said to have disappeared in the Eighth Century during the funeral of his father and is believed by Shia to have been withdrawn by God from the eyes of the people. They are waiting for him to reappear as their leader, believing the event will take place in Samarra.

Samarra is located in southern Salah ad Din province, about 70 miles (110 km) northwest of Baghdad.

Wa`Salaam

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Salaams

Agreed this is a tragic incident. However if we have people pointing the finger of blame at our brethren of the Sunnah - including those who are referred to as the Wahhabiyyah - whether through mentioning the "keyword" "extremist" or other innuendo; then those who have commited this act have already been victorious.

The bottom line is very simple. This attack - or one like it hasn't occoured during the time of Mr Tikriti; this has occoured following the Amerikkkan Invasion, Occupation and installing of the regime in Baghdad.

Over and over many of us have said how dangerous it is for Iraq that the Amerikkkan Stormtroopers are all over the place (naturally in their "peace keeping" role).

These and attacks like it are comitted for one reason and one reason alone. That is to create further division between the Sunnah and Shia; and sadly it would seem there are those amongst us who on account of their emotions and lack of political acumen fall straight into the trap and declare - "SUNNI EXTREMISTS ...".

Very sad.

I would ask the respected moderators to change the title and remove the words "Sunni Extremists" from it - you can put down TERROISTS or something more appropriate.

Let us as Muslims; lovers of Imam al-Hujjah(AJ); not fall into the trap that the enemies of Allah are creating for us.

We ask that a fateha is recited for all the martyrs of Islam; all the captives; who are incarcerated for loving Allah; and for the Truthful who have passed on, and are now enjoying the grace of Allah. al-Fateha.

One more special fateha; for those who have been killed in the attack in Samarrah today; and in other attacks across the Muslim world; from Palestine to Iraq.

It is also very interesting to note that the majority of the population of the city of Samarrah are from our brethren of the Sunnah. Understand this.

With Salaams and Dua's

Shabbir

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Sunni Extremists = Wahabees

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Lets make it clear that no Muslim can ever even think of doing this. Doesnt matter what denomination you are from, if you are a Muslim then you respect all of the Prophets' (pbuh) family.

I think this is the work of infedels and zionists who want to cause hatred and infighting amongst the Muslims to make us weak. Lets not fall for this tactic of theirs.

Damaging one of the holiest sites of Islam is as hurtful and painful to a Sunni as it is to us. Also, lets not forget that this is the same place that was glorified and preserved under the rule of a Sunni government and they could have chosen not to do so.

Brothers and sisters...lets unite even more and build what was destryoed by the enemies of Islam even better, stronger and more beautiful.

I would just urge you all to stop blaming and pinpointing fingers towards a particular sect especially if you dont have first hand knowledge of who did this terrible thing. Like I said, no true Muslim, even if he doesnt like Shia's, can think of causing damage to or beloved Ali (ra) , Hassan (ra) and Hussain (ra) or to anyone else from the Prophets (pbuh) family. May Allah guide us towards the proper path and show us the light and give us the knowledge and wisdom to understand Islam and its enemies. Ameen

Allaho Alam.

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Lets make it clear that no Muslim can ever even think of doing this. Doesnt matter what denomination you are from, if you are a Muslim then you respect all of the Prophets'  (pbuh) family.

I think this is the work of infedels and zionists who want to cause hatred and infighting amongst the Muslims to make us weak. Lets not fall for this tactic of theirs.

Damaging one of the holiest sites of Islam is as hurtful and painful to a Sunni as it is to us. Also, lets not forget that this is the same place that was glorified and preserved under the rule of a Sunni government and they could have chosen not to do so.

Brothers and sisters...lets unite even more and build what was destryoed by the enemies of Islam even better, stronger and more beautiful.

I would just urge you all to stop blaming and pinpointing fingers towards a particular sect especially if you dont have first hand knowledge of who did this terrible thing. Like I said, no true Muslim, even if he doesnt like Shia's, can think of causing damage to or beloved Ali (ra) , Hassan (ra)  and Hussain (ra)  or to anyone else from the Prophets  (pbuh) family. May Allah guide us towards the proper path and show us the light and give us the knowledge and wisdom to understand Islam and its enemies. Ameen

Allaho Alam.

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Salaams

Alhamdu lillah; alhamdu lillah; alhamdu lillah that not everyone has fallen into the trap set by the enemies of Islam, Humanity and Allah.

With Salaams and Dua's

Shabbir

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