US Bulldozes Iraqi
Historic District

Iraqi Resistance Report
Al-Anbar Province - Al-Qa'im

US troops bulldoze 1,000-year old historic district in al-Qa'im, turn it into soccer [football] field.
In a dispatch posted at 2:55pm Makkah time Thursday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that US occupation forces had demolished a thousand-year old historic district dating back to the First Abbasi Period (762-833 C.E.) in the city of al-Qa'im near the Iraq- Syria border, turning it into a soccer field.
The Baghdad correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported an announcement issued by the Department of Antiquities and signed by `Abd al-Karim Falih, the department's director, on Thursday as saying that the Americans had destroyed a historic district dating from the Abbasi period, completely leveling it with bulldozers and other equipment.
The Antiquities Department announcement said that the Americans bulldozed the area into a soccer field despite the fact that it was fenced off with signs posted warning against going inside because it was a Historic Islamic Heritage District.
The statement denounced the behavior of the Americans saying that the district told the story of the Abbasi era, a time of great flowering of Arab-Islamic culture.
Mafkarat al-Islam noted that the US forces have destroyed seven historical sites dating back to the Abbasi era and even further back to the earliest Islamic period. One of those was the Abbasi Caliph's palace in as-Saqlawiyah, another the historic area 30km west of al-Fallujah in which the Battle of Dhat al-`Uyun was fought by the early Muslim warriors under Khalid ibn al-Walid who liberated the country from the Persian Empire. American forces also destroyed the `Anah Citadel and the Hit Citadel, as well as other centuries- old Islamic cites.



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