Thursday, February 23, 2006

Iraq summons US ambassador over destruction of holy shrines

Iraq's Vice-President Adel Abd al-Mahdi, in protest at desecration of holy shrines in Samarra summoned Wednesday night the US ambassador and the commander of occupying forces in Iraq. The Iraqi official lodged a protest over the failure of US forces to protect the security of the city. He also said that part of the responsibility in damage inflicted on the holy shrines is shared by the US forces. "US forces are given the task of guarding the holy shrines every evening to the morning after when the attack took place," Iraqi vice-president said. He also criticized Zalmay Khalilzad, the US ambassador for his inflammatory statement regarding sectarian divisions. He further said that Khalilzad statement on the desirability of interior minister to be non-religious as tantamount to intervention in Iraq's domestic affairs and impetus for fanning the flames of sectarian tension in Iraq. Meanwhile, Iraqi MP Sami al-Asgari has voiced indignation over what he called as excessive meddling of US ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad in Iraqi internal affairs over and above his status as a foreign diplomat. "Khalilzad behaves similar to an omnipotent representative in Iraq." He intervenes in the details of political issues, formation of an Iraq government and stipulates conditions for Iraqi ministers, the Iraqi MP added. In another development, head of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) Abd al-Aziz al-Hakim said on Wednesday several hours after the bomb blast in Samarra that U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad shares some of the responsibility for the bombing of Imams (AS) shrine. He documented on Khalilzad's statement at a press conference Monday that US would not continue to support institutions run by sectarian groups with links to armed militias. "For sure, the statements made by the ambassador were not made in a responsible way and he did not behave like an ambassador," al-Hakim told reporters in Baghdad. "These statements were the reason for more pressure and gave green lights to terrorist groups. And, therefore, he shares in part of the responsibility." Khalilzad has urged the Iraqis to form a unity government in which nonsectarian figures control the ministries of Defense, which runs the army, and Interior Ministry, which is responsible for the police.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks every one did that bomb blast.

2/23/2006 4:34 PM  
Anonymous Asad said...

I'm Realy sorry about thsi bomb blast in the holy shrine in Samarra.

2/23/2006 9:56 PM  

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