Fears for ancient treasures with Shia radical in charge

Should Iraqs Museums and Graven Idols

  • Destroyed as an affront to Allah

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  • Ignored and left to the Crusader Dogs

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  • Sold to Jews

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  • Have all human representation chiseled off

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  • Used as foundation filling for a new Mosque

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IRAQ’S archaeological riches face a dangerous new threat following the appointment of a minister from a radical Islamic party to run the department responsible for antiquities.

Within months qualified staff have been purged from their posts, archaeologists have been threatened by gunmen and some of Mesopotamia’s ancient sites have been left open to looters. There are fears that Iraq may lose many of its Sumerian and Babylonian treasures for ever.

“We are really worried that Iraq’s history is going to be destroyed and vandalised because of a group of lunatics,” one former member of the State Board of Antiquities and Heritage told The Times. He was referring to followers of the Shia Muslim militia leader Hojatoleslam Moqtadr al-Sadr, whose movement has secured a number of Cabinet posts in government, including the Ministry of Tourism, responsible for antiquities.

Liwa Sumaysim, the new Minister of Tourism, is a dentist whose wife is a member of parliament and a relative of al-Sadr. He has been accused of squeezing out experts and appointing religious fundamentalists to key posts. He denies these allegations.

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Philistines, I might of known this thread would dodge most ARRSERs radar. Dont you understand that British Soldiers are underpaid, Iraq is full of top grade shiney treasure and that Fanatic Muslims do not regard it as having value...

Is this not a PPI inititive?

massively edited due to serious drunkeness

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