One million Shi'ite Arabs visit Golden Dome Mosque in Samarra

By By Staff Sgt. Tim Meyer;Photos by Sgt. Ian Terry and Spc. Jazz Burney;3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry DivisionMarch 14, 2009

One million Shi'ite Arabs journeyed to Samarra, a city of 200,000 mainly Sunni Arabs, to visit the Al Askari or Golden Dome Mosque March 6. 
Sunni and Shia together prayed and paid homage to Imam Askari and his father, Imam Ali Hadi, whose remains are entombed in a mausoleum in the Shiite holy shrine.
Iraqi Army and Police provided security for the peaceful event, which took place without any security incidents.
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CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, TIKRIT, Iraq - One million Shi'ite Arabs journeyed to Samarra, a city of 200,000 mainly Sunni Arabs, to visit the Al Askari or Golden Dome Mosque March 6. 
Sunni and Shia together prayed and paid homage to Imam Askari and his father, Imam Ali Hadi, whose remains are entombed in a mausoleum in the Shiite holy shrine.
Iraqi Army and Police provided security for the peaceful event, which took place without any security incidents.
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CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, TIKRIT, Iraq - One million Shi'ite Arabs journeyed to Samarra, a city of 200,000 mainly Sunni Arabs, to visit the Al Askari or Golden Dome Mosque March 6. 
Sunni and Shia together prayed and paid homage to Imam Askari and his father, Imam Ali Hadi, whose remains are entombed in a mausoleum in the Shiite holy shrine.
Iraqi Army and Police provided security for the peaceful event, which took place without any security incidents.
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CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, TIKRIT, Iraq - One million Shi'ite Arabs journeyed to Samarra, a city of 200,000 mainly Sunni Arabs, to visit the Al Askari or Golden Dome Mosque March 6. 
Sunni and Shia together prayed and paid homage to Imam Askari and his father, Imam Ali Hadi, whose remains are entombed in a mausoleum in the Shiite holy shrine.
Iraqi Army and Police provided security for the peaceful event, which took place without any security incidents.
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CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, TIKRIT, Iraq - One million Shi'ite Arabs journeyed to Samarra, a city of 200,000 mainly Sunni Arabs, to visit the Al Askari or Golden Dome Mosque March 6. Sunni and Shia together prayed and paid homage to Imam Askari and his father, Imam Ali Hadi, whose remains are entombed in a mausoleum in the Shiite holy shrine. Iraqi Army and Police provided security for the peaceful event, which took place without any security incidents.
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CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, TIKRIT, Iraq - One million Shi'ite Arabs journeyed to Samarra, a city of 200,000 mainly Sunni Arabs, to visit the Al Askari or Golden Dome Mosque March 6. 
Sunni and Shia together prayed and paid homage to Imam Askari and his father, Imam Ali Hadi, whose remains are entombed in a mausoleum in the Shiite holy shrine.
Iraqi Army and Police provided security for the peaceful event, which took place without any security incidents.
6 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, TIKRIT, Iraq - One million Shi'ite Arabs journeyed to Samarra, a city of 200,000 mainly Sunni Arabs, to visit the Al Askari or Golden Dome Mosque March 6. Sunni and Shia together prayed and paid homage to Imam Askari and his father, Imam Ali Hadi, whose remains are entombed in a mausoleum in the Shiite holy shrine. Iraqi Army and Police provided security for the peaceful event, which took place without any security incidents. (Photo Credit: Spc. Jazz Burney) VIEW ORIGINAL