Mideast Iraq Rebuilding Shrine

August 5, 2011 - 11:45 AM
In this Friday, May 29, 2011 photo, scaffolding remains around the dome and minaret of the al-Askari shrine as Shiite pilgrims pay a visit in Samarra, 60 miles (95 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq. Above the town of Samarra rises a site that few people who lived through Iraq's vicious sectarian conflict would have thought possible: the golden dome of the al-Askari shrine is almost rebuilt. The day the shrine was blown up _ Feb. 22, 2006 _ marked the nadir of the war in Iraq. Sunni militants intent on setting off Shiite-Sunni violence struck at one of the most holy sites for Iraq's majority Shiite community: a shrine holding the remains of religious leaders who Shiites consider a core part of their faith. (AP Photo/Khalid Miohammed)