Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
22 February 2006 - Iraq Special Weapons News
- US Downplays Civil War Threat in Iraq Despite Mosque Attack VOA 22 Feb 2006 -- State Department officials are downplaying the prospect of civil warfare in Iraq despite Wednesday's bombing of the Golden Mosque in Samarra which they say was aimed at promoting sectarian conflict.
- Bush Condemns Iraqi Mosque Bombing VOA 22 Feb 2006 -- President Bush is appealing for calm in Iraq following the bombing of one of the country's most sacred Shi'ite shrines
- US Making Progress in Iraq and War on Terror VOA 22 Feb 2006 -- Top U.S. officials say progress is being made in Iraq and in the war against terrorism
- United States Condemns Bombing of Important Shia Mosque in Iraq Washington File 22 Feb 2006 -- The United States condemns the bombing February 22 of the Golden Mosque in Samarra, Iraq, one of the holiest places for Shi'a Muslims, as a blatant attempt to foment sectarian strife, and promises to contribute to its reconstruction, according to statements from the White House and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
- UN calls meeting of Iraqi leaders to curb sectarian strife after shrine attack UN News Centre 22 Feb 2006 -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan appealed to all communities in Iraq to show maximum restraint after the "provocative" bombing of a Shiite shrine today, and the top United Nations envoy on the ground said he would invite a wide range of Iraqi leaders to a meeting in an effort to curb communal strife.
- Iraq: On The Brink Of Civil War? RFE/RL 22 Feb 2006 -- Sectarian tensions in Iraq took a turn for the worse on 22 February when armed men detonated explosives inside the Golden Mosque in Samarra, home to a revered Shi'ite shrine, blowing the roof off the building
- Asefi terms attacks on holy shrines in Iraq as brutal, inhuman IRNA 22 Feb 2006 -- Iran on Wednesday said bombing of Shia shrines of Imam Ali al-Naqi and Imam Hassan al-Askariya, which was a violation of sanctity to holy sites, was brutal, anti-Islamic and inhuman acts.
- Australian PM Denies Knowledge of Iraq Bribes VOA 22 Feb 2006 -- Australian Prime Minister John Howard is rejecting accusations that his government knew about large bribes allegedly paid by the country's monopoly wheat exporter to the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein.
- Sectarian Tensions Flare in Iraq after Mosque Attack VOA 22 Feb 2006 -- Insurgents in Iraq blew off the dome of one of Shi'ite Islam's holiest shrines Wednesday, triggering massive street demonstrations and deadly reprisal attacks against Sunni Muslims.
- Grand Ayatollah Sistani calls for one-week public mourning IRNA 22 Feb 2006 -- Iraq's highest Shiite religious authority, the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Wednesday called for a week of public mourning in Iraq following the bombing of the Shiite shrines of Imam Ali al-Naqi and Imam Hassan al-Askariya in Samarra, north of Baghdad, an official of his office said.
- Bombing of Shi'ite Shrine in Iraq Sparks Mass Protests VOA 22 Feb 2006 -- A bomb attack has blown the dome off one of Iraq's most sacred Shi'ite shrines, sparking sectarian reprisals and an appeal from Iraq's president to prevent the country from sliding into civil war.
- Blast Ruins Major Shi'ite Shrine In Iraq RFE/RL 22 Feb 2006 -- A large explosion has badly damaged the golden dome of one of Iraq's most important Shi'ite shrines, the Imam Ali al-Hadi Mosque in Samarra.
- Bombing of Shi'ite Shrine in Iraq Sparks Mass Protests VOA 22 Feb 2006 -- A bomb attack has blown the huge dome off one of Iraq's most sacred Shi'ite shrines, sparking demonstrations across the country and fears of sectarian reprisals.
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