Among the casualties were the valuable items of cultural heritage held in such places as the Iraq Museum
, National Library, National Archives and the Religious Library--all located in Baghdad.
Colonel Matthew Bogdanos, United States Marine Corps, arrived at the Iraq Museum
on 20 April 2003 as head of the US Central Command's Joint Interagency Coordination Group (JIACG) for counterterrorism.
The publication of this paper will be especially welcome to those who attended the conference, because it was unfortunately cancelled from the Rencontre program at the last minute to make room for special reports on the looting of the Iraq Museum
and archaeological sites in Iraq.
As a Marine Reserve Colonel, Bogdanos was sent to investigate the looting of the Iraq museum
after the US invasion.
of Kuwait, the staff of the Iraq Museum
turned up in
Arranged by provenance, this volume includes some ivories that may never be seen again because of the 2003 Gulf War, which caused enough chaos that items disappeared from the Iraq Museum
and other repositories.
Over the last several years, media headlines in the Middle east, Europe, and the United States have been awash with our forces' failure to prevent the looting of the Iraq Museum
in 2003 and our unintentional, but still serious, damage to Babylon in 2004.
The schools' activities come amid a revival of cultural life in Iraq, with art galleries planning to return from their exile in Amman, the opening of the Iraq Museum
-- closed since the US-led invasion in March 2003 -- on Monday, and a cautious pickup in nightlife.
Donny George, the former director of the Iraq Museum
, has accused them of committing "the crime of the century" by not intervening.
In addition, some objects were returned anonymously, possibly because The Iraq Museum
and its collection are a symbol of national pride, beyond greed.
A look at the devastation wrought by years of nationwide looting during the war in Iraq, particularly the 2003 plunder of Baghdad's Iraq Museum
and the catastrophic impact on Iraq's archaeological and cultural heritage, is included in the exhibition.
The rape of Mesopotamia: behind the looting of the Iraq Museum