Baghdad's Oldest Mosque Breaks Away


By Angel McRobotface

BAGHDAD—After decades of crumbling and neglect, Iraq's oldest mosque, the largest of its kind in the region, has finally been torn down, sources reported Monday. "That was a big step forward for the land," said the mosque's owner, Khaled al-Moussawi. "It was a shame, too, because the one in Basra was just as old, and it was so badly damaged that it was just as badly needed." The Islamic scholar Talal al-Adadwani, who led the reconstruction effort, said the new structure is one of the most important improvements to the city's infrastructure since the Nisour Square and the Bab al-Mandab bridges were built.

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