The Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) organised a conference in London attended by the mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, and leading Iraqi historians, architects and economists.
The aim of the conference was to build stronger relations between the Muslim community in London and the wider British society.
Anas Altikriti, director of MAB accused the occupation forces in Iraq of creating chaotic conditions in Baghdad similar to the Mongol invasion of the city in 1258.
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“The Mongol invasion of Iraq was one of the bloodiest and grimest periods in the history of the country.
“Historians have documented that over one million transcripts were thrown into the river Tigris with the ink from books staining the river.
“Now once again we are seeing the cultural and historical vandalism of Baghdad,” said Altikriti.
The conference heard from the mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, who talked about his opposition to the invasion of Iraq on humanitarian grounds.
He called on Muslims and non Muslims in London to work together to build trust and friendship between one another.
Delegates also highlighted the anxiety and fear that many Muslims felt for their own safety following the invasion of Iraq, fearing a backlash against themelves from sections of wider British society.
“Once again we are seeing the cultural and historical vandalism of Baghdad”
Anas Altikriti, director of MAB
The Mongol invasion of Iraq was one of the bloodiest and darkest periods in the country’s history.
Historians have estimated that one million people were killed when Genghis Khan invaded Baghdad and destroyed the city and much of eastern Iraq.
The delegates at the conference demanded the drawing up of a timetable for the withdrawal of troops in Iraq and for multi faith groups in London to work together to find a just peace in Iraq and the wider region.