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Extension of Condolences to Iraqi People and Condemnation of Bombing of the Golden Mosque in Samarra

President George W. Bush
Washington, DC
February 22, 2006

Iraqis inspect what appears to be the shield and turban of 9th century Shiite Imam Ali al-Hadi in a damaged shrine following an explosion in Samarra, Iraq, February 22, 2006. [ AP/WWP]On behalf of the American people, I extend my deepest condolences to the people of Iraq for the brutal bombing of the Golden Mosque in Samarra, one of the holiest sites in Shi'a Islam. The terrorists in Iraq have again proven that they are enemies of all faiths and of all humanity. The world must stand united against them, and steadfast behind the people of Iraq. This senseless crime is an affront to people of faith throughout the world. The United States condemns this cowardly act in the strongest possible terms.

I ask all Iraqis to exercise restraint in the wake of this tragedy, and to pursue justice in accordance with the laws and constitution of Iraq. Violence will only contribute to what the terrorists sought to achieve by this act.

The United States stands ready to do all in its power to assist the Government of Iraq to identify and bring to justice those responsible for this terrible act. And the American people pledge to work with the people of Iraq to rebuild and restore the Golden Mosque of Samarra to its former glory.



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