SAMARRA, Iraq: Five years ago, a blast tore through Iraq’s golden-domed
Shiite Askari shrine in the mainly Sunni city of Samarra, helping
ignite two years of sectarian strife that drove Iraq to the brink of
Now the shrine is being rebuilt and Shiite authorities are buying up
nearby estates from Sunni residents to expand the mosque, risking
reopening old sectarian wounds just as the last U.S. troops ready to
withdraw by December.
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