- 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
- 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.