Breaking down the walls

Aftermath of destruction: Iraqis inspect the damage to the Askariya mosque in Samarra following the bombing of the golden-domed Shia shrine last week.

Last week's bombing of the Askariya mosque in Samarra was a deliberate act designed to fuel religious tensions. Throughout history, such acts of destruction have served as powerful symbols during conflict.

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