Posted by: becketfund | October 6, 2008

Iraq: Officials Rebuild Mosque in Hopes of Reconciliation

SAMARRA – In an effort to heal bitter divisions between majority Shi’ites and minority Sunnis, government officials are attempting to rebuild one of Shi’ite Islam’s holiest shrines, Reuters reported on October 6.  Militants bombed the mosque in February 2006, destroying the dome and setting off a wave of sectarian bloodshed that killed tens of thousands of people and nearly tipped the country into all-out civil war. The project is “so important for Iraq,” Samarra Mayor Mahmoud Khalaf, who is closely involved in the project, told Reuters. “But it’s also a lot of work. We are working 24/7 to get it finished.”

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