Monday, September 15, 2003
BAGHDAD MUSEUM LOOTING
The first official briefing on the investigation into the status of the Baghdad Archaeological Museum during and after the Iraqi conflict has now been published (here). It makes fascinating reading. The reports of widescale losses and destruction were exaggerated. The precious manuscripts were not all destroyed.
There was destruction and looting, but to was not as bad as the media made out. Moreover, when items were returned to the US forces, they were often done so on condition that they would not be allowed into the hands of the museum staff, who were regarded as being faithful to the Ba'athist regime...
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