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Baghdad archeological museum looted

by C/O Diongenes Saturday, Apr. 12, 2003 at 9:01 AM

Iraq, among the earliest cradles of civilisation and home to the remains of such ancient Mesopotamian cities as Babylon, Ur and Nineveh, has one of the richest archaeological heritages in the world.

Baghdad archeological museum looted



A Baghdad mob looted Iraq's largest archeological museum amid a breakdown in civil authority following the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime, an AFP reporter said.

A dozen looters helped themselves in ground floor rooms at the National Museum of Iraq, where pottery artefacts and statues were seen broken or overturned, while administrative offices were wrecked.

Two men were seen hauling an ancient portal out of the building, and empty wooden crates were scattered over the floor.

Upstairs rooms seemed to have been spared for the time being.

Iraq, among the earliest cradles of civilisation and home to the remains of such ancient Mesopotamian cities as Babylon, Ur and Nineveh, has one of the richest archaeological heritages in the world.

The museum housed a major collection of antiquities, including a 4,000-year-old silver harp from Ur.

International cultural organisations had urged that the archeological heritage of Iraq, one of the cradles of civilisation, be spared ahead of the US-led war launched on March 20.

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Another one... Diogenes Saturday, Apr. 12, 2003 at 9:02 AM
Simple Simple Simon Saturday, Apr. 12, 2003 at 9:09 AM
be original Parmenides Saturday, Apr. 12, 2003 at 9:24 AM
Simple Simple Simon Saturday, Apr. 12, 2003 at 9:27 AM
Admit it Psympleton... Diogenes Saturday, Apr. 12, 2003 at 9:34 AM
Simple Simple Simon Saturday, Apr. 12, 2003 at 9:50 AM
Museums, looting Meyer London Saturday, Apr. 12, 2003 at 9:56 AM
Simple Simple Simon Saturday, Apr. 12, 2003 at 9:58 AM
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE... daveman Saturday, Apr. 12, 2003 at 9:59 AM
Hey Colonel, can you loan me an antiquity? Parmenides Saturday, Apr. 12, 2003 at 9:59 AM
Simple Simple Simon Saturday, Apr. 12, 2003 at 10:51 AM
Au contraire, Simon... daveman Saturday, Apr. 12, 2003 at 10:56 AM
Looters Meyer London Saturday, Apr. 12, 2003 at 11:46 AM
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Meyer London gambler Saturday, Apr. 12, 2003 at 11:51 AM
no import taxes semper fuck Saturday, Apr. 12, 2003 at 11:56 AM
Simple Simple Simon Saturday, Apr. 12, 2003 at 11:59 AM
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Simple Simple Simon Saturday, Apr. 12, 2003 at 12:30 PM
museum looting Janet McLeod Monday, Apr. 14, 2003 at 4:11 AM
Ms Anti_War Monday, Apr. 14, 2003 at 7:45 AM
Simple Simon! You Moron! Ms. Anti-War Monday, Apr. 14, 2003 at 7:49 AM
Ms. Anti-War daveman Monday, Apr. 14, 2003 at 7:54 AM
To daveman Ms. Anti-War Monday, Apr. 14, 2003 at 8:00 AM
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. Pissed Off in Ohio Monday, Apr. 14, 2003 at 8:39 AM
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why allow looting? confirmed atheist Monday, Apr. 14, 2003 at 4:48 PM
The Barbarians are at the Gates Diogenes Monday, Apr. 14, 2003 at 4:59 PM
I hate Muslims daveman Monday, Apr. 14, 2003 at 5:04 PM
Go to your room Cave... Diogenes Monday, Apr. 14, 2003 at 5:11 PM
Towelheads Sheepdog Monday, Apr. 14, 2003 at 5:12 PM
On Looting Leafy Monday, Apr. 14, 2003 at 5:32 PM
More Info on the Looting Diogenes Monday, Apr. 14, 2003 at 6:19 PM
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test to fix bold lameness Pissed Off in Ohio Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2003 at 9:59 PM
ooops- long day POIO Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2003 at 10:00 PM
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