On February 22, 2006 at approximately 6:55am local time it was bombed destroying its golden dome and severely damaging the mosque. This attack resulted in a wave of sectarian violence, which some claim could turn into a civil war.
Indeed, the New York Times called the attack “a deliberate attempt to make it politically impossible to create a national unity government capable of leading Iraq to democratic stability.”
But who is responsible for the bombing?
No entity has claimed responsibility. This is unusual.
Search the Times, the Washington Post, and other MSM and you won't find any investigative reporting. The question remains unasked and unanswered.
Egypt's weekly Al Ahram had the most detailed reporting I could find:
"[T]he attackers were 10 men dressed in commando outfits and that they hadSo, according to the oldest newspaper in the Arab world, a former Al-Jazeera female reporter was killed while filming the arrest of two Iranians and her film has disappeared?
The shrine ought to have been protected by a contingent of 35 Interior
Ministry troops, because of its particular importance to the Shia community.
Questions abound. Why was the security detail reduced from 35 to only five men
guarding such an important shrine? If it took at least 12 hours to plant the
explosives, why did no one notice that the five police guards had been taken
hostage? If it took at least 12 hours to plant the explosives, would that not
have meant access to the shrine during evening prayers the night before?
Hoping to find answers and interview residents of Samaraa, Al-Arabiya
news network dispatched three of its journalists, including former Al-Jazeera
reporter Atwar Bahjat, herself a native of the ancient city. Sources in Iraq say
she was interviewing residents when a truck full of unknown armed men abducted
her as she screamed for help. Bahgat, 30, of mixed Sunni-Shia heritage, was
found executed outside Samaraa, along with her cameraman and sound technician.
Her field equipment and video were missing.
Iraqi websites have speculated as to why Bahgat was so brutally
murdered and what became of her video material. According to the Baghdad-based
Iraqi blogger, Zeyad, of Healing Iraq, quoting other Iraqi sources, Bahgat had
been filming the arrest of two Iranians in Samaraa who were released when
Interior Minister Baqer Jabr arrived on the scene."
Very puzzling. Who was responsible for this bombing? What about the death of this female reporter? Why doesn't the MSM investigate this question?