Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Yikes, I predict the repercussions will be tremendous
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- An explosion ripped through a Shiite holy site in Samarra Wednesday, destroying the al Askariya "Golden Mosque," a U.S. military statement and a local security official said.
A photograph provided by the U.S. Army showed the dome on the mosque had been destroyed, with debris littering the area.
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.
CNN.com - Blast�destroys al Askariya 'Golden Mosque' - Feb 22, 2006