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Photo: Iraqi Leaders Call for Calm Following Askariya Shrine Attack

Iraqi school children play tug of war is Ramadi, Iraq, Tuesday, February 28, 2006. With the relaxation of a curfew on Monday, February 27, officials indicated that the worst of the crisis associated with the bombing of the Askariya shrine, had passed. © AP/WWP

U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad (Feb. 27):  “The Iraqis came to the brink of civil war as a result of the attack on the shrine. They have come now together religious leaders, political leaders, and the government to take steps to calm the situation, as an indication that things are improving. The curfew that was imposed on Baghdad during the day has now been completely lifted. So things are moving in the right direction, but there are pockets of difficulty here and there. But I think the Iraqi leadership rose to the occasion, and came together.”

Iraqi school children play tug of war is Ramadi, Iraq, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2006. [© AP/WWP]


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