Skip to comments.Iraq - Blast at revered Shi'ite shrine in Iraq's Samarra (Golden Dome Mosque)
Posted on 06/12/2007 11:32:39 PM PDT by HAL9000
BAGHDAD, June 13 (Reuters) - An explosion struck a revered Shi'ite Muslim shrine in the Iraqi city of Samarra on Wednesday that was badly damaged in February 2006, senior Shi'ite officials and a witness said.
The witness said two minarets at the Golden Mosque were damaged in the blast. Last year's attack on the mosque triggered a wave of sectarian violence in Iraq that has killed tens of thousands of people.
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Iraqi police say famous shrine attacked
BAGHDAD - Insurgents blew up the two minarets of the famous Golden Dome Shiite shrine in Samarra on Wednesday, Iraqi police and a security official said.
The attack occurred around 9 a.m., despite a police presence at the site, officials said. Police in Samarra spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, and a security official in Baghdad confirmed the account on the same condition.
The al-Askari shrine's dome was destroyed in a February 2006 bombing that was blamed on al-Qaida-linked militants. The mosque compound and minarets remained intact, and have been guarded since then by Iraqi police and commandos.
Bad news ... is the mosque still a wreck, was it ever restored?
They say it was being guarded, but I am not surprised that did not work.
Iran’s racheting up the game. They want the Shiites to know they are still there.
Sunna or later, Shi’ite happens!
The less mosques the better.
No, this is very cool. It means that the locals now have super inter jihad-jihad priorities. Could mean the true downfall of al qaida in Iraq. Besides that, there’s one less mosque in the world. Too bad it wasn’t the Dome of the Rock, but that’s fine also, as it’s days are numbered...by god.
This attack was probably done by al-Qaida, and it's likely to cause more trouble for our troops.
Actually, I think that this is the terrorist way...if at first you don’t succeed... All-in-all this will totally backfire and our troops will suddenly aquire unforseen allies. This was an al quaida big time blunder.
If Iraqis had balls, they would stand up and hurry the political process up.
But they are arabs. Lazy people.
Liberals are happy.
They can repeat their slogan of “Iraqi civil war”...
Al-Qaeda/Democrats : the Axis of Evil
“Bad news ... is the mosque still a wreck, was it ever restored?”
I know that Bush promised to restore it after the last attack.
His spending of our money knows no bounds.
Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 June 2007, 07:19 GMT 08:19 UK
Blast hits key Iraq Shia shrine
Two minarets stood either side of the shrine before the attack
The two minarets of the al-Askari shrine in Iraq, one of the holiest sites in Shia Islam, have been damaged by two explosions, officials say.
According to witnesses the minarets collapsed completely after being hit by bomb blasts around 0900 (0500 GMT).
The shrine houses one of two tombs in Samarra for revered Shia imams.
The bombing of the dome at the mosque in 2006 is widely believed to have set off a continuing spiral of sectarian violence in which many thousands died.
The BBC’s Jim Muir in Baghdad says there are obvious fears now that this might give it yet further impetus.
The head of the Shia endowment foundation said the minarets had been blown up by “extremists”.
Samarra: Pilgrimage centre
“It is a terrorist attack aimed at sparking sectarian violence,” Sheikh Saleh al-Haidari told the AFP news agency.
A senior government official said it was very bad news for Iraq.
Sources in Samarra said the city had been put under an immediate curfew.
Samarra is mainly a Sunni Muslim stronghold and has been a centre of the armed insurgency against US troops and the Shia-dominated Iraqi administration.
The al-Askari shrine is part of the Imam Ali al-Hadi mausoleum, which contains the remains of the 10th and 11th imams, reputed to be direct descendants of the Prophet Muhammad.
Imam Ali al-Hadi died in 868 AD and his son, Hassan al-Askari, died in 874 AD.
The attack in February last year was widely believed to be the work of Sunni militants from the al-Qaeda movement, some of whom were later arrested.
Our correspondent says there are bound to be questions about how such an obvious and significant target could have been attacked again.
Many thanks for the update. I suppose there will be new pictures soon of the mosque looking utterly wrecked.
Jim Maceda (NBC) in Baghdad said there will be a curfew in the Capitol and that Sadr has called for calm.
By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press Writer
9 minutes ago
From the AP update:
After last year's bombing, the mosque was guarded by about 60 Federal Protection Service forces and 25 local Iraqi police who kept watch on the perimeter, according to Samarra city officials.
In the immediate aftermath of that bombing, U.S. officials and others had promised to help rebuild the landmark dome, completed in 1905, but no rebuilding has begun.
I'll bet that it was Shite done as an excuse to whack more Sunnis. Probably that chubby boy diddler, Sadr.
If his Mahdi army isn't fighting something, they have no reason to live.
Correct. I was here when they bombed this mosque last year. All hell broke loose and our troops and other Americans were at increased risk. We are already on higher alert now because of this and we're hearing some explosions (not that that's all so unusual.)
So far, it doesn't seem to be too crazy in Sadr City, but it took about a day or so for that place to come unraveled last time this happened.
I suppose whether this is a good or bad thing depends on one's point of perspective.
While I don't put anything past that blithering idiot, I strongly suspect this is al Qaeda's handiwork.
But they are arabs. Lazy people.
You'd be surprised at how far things have progressed. There is still a way to go. Rome was not built in a day and democracies do not take hold overnight. Our own didn't.
There are lazy Iraqis and there are very energetic, ambitious and industrious Iraqis. Just like in any other society.
I rather doubt it was Iran. They are Shi’ites.
Iran attacks both sides to stoke up the war.
BOMB Iran’s mullahs.
What a foolish statement. Do you think this helps our troops in any way whatsoever?
Yeah, these sites are so revered in Islam, we have to let them snipe at us from them. But the Muslims can blow them up at will. Go figure.
They do seem to be, don't they? As a whole, they have not accomplished much - other than spawning hate, death & destruction. For centuries they've polluted the world with their sickness, I can't help but think about what wonderful things mankind could be doing right now if we didn't have to waste so much time protecting ourselves from them & cleaning up their messes.
Maybe we should send over some of our finest taggers to teach’em.
Hey, Los Angeles has a few we could spare. They don’t even need a passport........they didn’t use one to get here.
I’d just as soon have the $$$ go to crackheads than to rebuild a mosque of the “Religion of Peace”.
The MSM has been slacking off on pushing the “sectarian civil war” talking point lately. Looks like Iran and their al Qaeda lapdogs are trying to remedy that.
It worked once for them already. Why not?
It says a lot about al Qaeda and their types when they care nothing about causing death, hatred and revenge among their own people to further their political ends.
Even Mohammed is spinning in his grave...or wherever he is currently roasting.
Maybe, maybe not. If al-Qaeda did this, all it’s going to do is turn more Shi’ites against them. It may even turn more Sunnis against them, when the Shi’ites start getting their revenge and the Sunnis have to come to us for help.
AQI is their own worst enemy. They’ve proven time and again, they don’t know when to back off. They’re pushing more and more Sunni tribal chiefs into the arms of the Iraqi government and the US, and now they may be doing it with some of the Shi’ites as well.
I assume they used large car bombs to do this. You’d need a pretty big boom to knock down those minarets. Looking at the pictures of the dome from last year, if I didn’t know it was a terrorist explosion, I’d swear an F-16 put a couple of thousand-pound GBUs right on the roof.
“In the immediate aftermath of that bombing, U.S. officials and others had promised to help rebuild the landmark dome, completed in 1905, but no rebuilding has begun. “
Another amendment to the Immigration Bill can fix their broken mosque.
I’m not sure AQ is Iran’s lapdog. AQ are fiercely orthodox Sunnis. Iran is Shi’ite. Sunnis and Shi’ites will gladly kill each other if you let them. “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” only works for so long with these nutjobs.
Iran may be supplying AQI with stuff like EFPs to take out our armored vehicles, but if AQI starts to use the stuff on Mookie “Badteeth” Sadr’s Shi’ites instead of our troops, well, then the mullahocracy will get to experience “blowback.”
Oh, no! Not this Shi’ite again!
The media’s trying to hype this one up into a frenzy.
Corrected: "The fewer Islamofascist mosques the better."
1B+ folks will remain muslim for the forseeable future. The trick is to stop them from blowing things up.
hey all, this isn’t funny. This just means our guys on the ground are going to suffer the consequences of this. Tensions are going to flare once again between the two muslim sects, and a lot of it is going to be taken out on the american soldier because the muslims will say it was our fault for not protecting the shrine. I don’t think this is anything to laugh about. Iraq is a freaking mess thanks to our doing and our support of the president. Laughing and cracking jokes about something that will most certainly spike violence towards our G.I.’s to me isn’t funny.
i dont think that’s the same mosque...look at the paint and texture of the building itself, not to mention the surrounding neighborhood...
...unless the first picture was only intended to give us an idea as to what the mosque looked like before.
Now where are they gonna worship satan?
From what I’ve read, the Iraqis are probably among the most energetic and educated of all the Arab nations. Or am I wrong? Iran has that too, but it is not primarily Arab, is it?
The terrorists try the same advertising campaign that was somewhat successful last year. Since the merchandise is the same, customer interest might be lower.
Maybe next time they can blow up the pile of rubble that is left. That is if they don’t run out of son’s and daughters to strap the bombs around first.
Al Qaeda and Iranian Hezbollah have been working together for almost as long as al Qaeda has been in existence. Khobar Towers was a joint operation. The Mombassa hotel bombing in 2002 was a joint venture. The 9/11 Commission outlined evidence of Hezbollah cooperation in the attacks on New York and Washington. The 1999 Grand Jury indictment against UBL outlined such cooperation, also. When Khlaid Sheikh Mohammed was captured, his duties were assumed by a Shiite — Saif al-Adel. An agent of Iranian Hezbollah.
If the Sunni-Shiite divide was as deep and consuming as the American media likes to pretend it is, Iran would be practically doing our work for us in Iraq. The one thing that’s been completely absent from this “civil war” since the start has been actual fighting between al Qaeda and Mookie’s Hezbollah spinoff. All they’re doing is exchanging attacks on civilians... attacks that are staged to appear as if motivated by sectarian hostility.
Yes, you’re right, they’ll certainly kill each other if we let them. But they’d much rather kill us. And they’re working toward doing just that for quite a while now. The Sunni-Shiite history is just a convenient subterfuge for what they’re actually doing here in the present. The real “civil war” is between the jihadists and the moderates.