By David Gura

Earlier today, Iraqi and foreign diplomats gathered in an ornate hall, to celebrate the reopening of Iraq's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The ceremony came nine months to the day after "Black Wednesday," when a coordinated bombing attack killed more than one hundred people, including dozens of Ministry of Foreign Affairs employees.

NPR's Peter Kenyon, reporting from Baghdad, said that "the foreign ministry responded with an accelerated reconstruction effort that prime minister Nouri Al-Maliki called a 'defiant response to those who would destroy Iraqi life."

Maliki said Iraq would continue to stand proud and keep its dignity in the face of terrorist attacks, adding that only through national unity can Iraq defeat the forces of violence.

Iraq's political leaders remain divided over who should lead the new government there. According to Kenyon, "diplomats say the delay is creating opportunities for more bloodshed."

categories: Iraq

9:25 - May 19, 2010