AIM Statement: Samarra attack demonstrates need to end Occupation

Image The AhlulBayt Islamic Mission emphasized today the need for national unity and an end to the occupation of Iraq following a repeat of the Samarra bombings that brought a rise in sectarian violence since 2006. AIM said it was determined in its’ efforts to promote unity in Iraq and elsewhere. At this fragile moment, AIM continues to closely monitor the situation in Iraq with the knowledge that the outcomes of such attacks stretch far beyond Iraq.

The AhlulBayt Islamic Mission emphasized today the need for national unity and an end to the occupation of Iraq following a repeat of the Samarra bombings that brought a rise in sectarian violence since 2006.

In His Name the Most High

Today the Al-Askari Shrine revered by Shia Muslims was targeted once again destroying its’ remaining minarets; threatening to send the Iraqi nation ever closer to a civil war. This attack re-emphasizes the need to take real steps towards building a sovereign Iraqi state; representative of its’ people and protective of their interests and holy places; and for an immediate end to the occupation.

Only two days ago, Ayatollah Sistani praised and offered his full support to the Shia initiative to bridge relations with Sunni groups in an attempt to bring about national unity and reconciliation. Both Shia and Sunni leaders in Iraq have been strongly determined in their efforts to unveil the vicious and obscure mask of sectarian violence that has devastated Iraq since the US-led forces toppled the Saddam regime in 2003.

What we are witnessing today is an attempt to derail the new political efforts for unity amongst Iraqis by forces wishing for Iraq to remain in its state of despair; in turn prolonging the Occupation in Iraq.

The on-going Occupation of Iraq, the result of an illegal and unjust invasion, through its unilateral outset and total lack of planning determined that such an occupation heralded no benefit for the Iraqi people or consideration of their heritage. The presence of occupation forces, far from providing security to Iraqis and aiding the stability of Iraq, foments political tension, consequently rendering any efforts to realise a united Iraq futile. The division of Iraq along sectarian lines is the root cause of turning to violence for political ends.

AIM is determined in its’ efforts to promote unity in Iraq and elsewhere. At this fragile moment, AIM continues to closely monitor the situation in Iraq with the knowledge that the outcomes of such attacks stretch far beyond Iraq.

We pray that Allah safeguards this Ummah from these evil plots and we pay our condolences to the Imam of our time during this sad state of affairs.

Wa Min Allah Al-Tawfiq.

AhlulBayt Islamic Mission (AIM)
27th Jamad Al-Awwal 1428
13th June 2007

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