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Defence written question – answered on 8th March 2006.

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Photo of John Hemming John Hemming Liberal Democrat, Birmingham, Yardley

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the policy of the Coalition is on the protection and identification of holy sites in Iraq.

Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

The Iraqi Government has responsibility for the identification and protection of holy sites in Iraq. The Coalition does, however, take very seriously the need to respect Iraq's religious, historical and cultural heritage. UK forces respect sites of cultural sensitivity wherever they are deployed in the world. As part of the Coalition in Iraq, UK forces provide support as necessary to the Iraqi security forces as they continue to build stability and security.

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Shabbir Mohamed
Posted on 15 Mar 2006 8:03 pm (Report this annotation)

This shrine has stood in its place without destruction for 1000 years. It is only the coalition forces that have whipped up tensions in the country causing such attacks to occur (if not also colluding in such attacks). It is the responsibility of the occupying coalition forces to protect such sites and not just the oil ministry like they did at the beginning of the war whilst world heritage sites like the Iraqi national museum were being looted. You cannot extricate yourself from your responsibility that easily!

mike oxlong
Posted on 16 Mar 2006 8:44 am (Report this annotation)

Many things fall victim to the ravages of war. You may have heard of the Florentine boar.
It was a statue in the Derby arbouretum which had it's head blown off by German bombs in 1941. Being British, we have had it restored (took a long time though) but now Muslims have complained about it because it is a pig. It has been removed. This sort of destruction to our great country is of more importance to the people of Britain than a foreign building. To insinuate that British forces were involved is sailing close to treason matey. Why not show concern for the people who are dying there every day rather then a building?

Matthew Somerville
Posted on 16 Mar 2006 9:11 am (Report this annotation)

You seem to have got confused - the two year old article you link to says some people (presumably a small minority) were complaining about the idea of the new statue (so before the new statue appeared, not after), but that didn't mean they succeeded - the new statue went up last November: