3.8.06

U.S. bulldozes Iraqi treasures

U.S. bulldozes Iraqi treasures:

After the U.S. invasion in Iraq and the political vacuum it created, Iraq’s museums and libraries have been repetitively looted and plundered

Last month, Mafkarat Al Islam reported that the U.S.-led occupation forces bulldozed 1,000-year old historic district in Al Qa'im, near the Iraq- Syria border, turning it into a soccer field.

The occupation troops completely destroyed a thousand-year old historic district dating back to the First Abbasi Period (762-833 C.E.)

The Department of Antiquities issued an announcement that was signed by Abd al-Karim Falih, the department's director, accusing the Americans of leveling the historic district dating from the Abbasi period, with bulldozers and other equipment, according to Mafkarat Al Islam correspondent.

The announcement said that the American occupation troops bulldozed the area, turning it into a soccer field even though it was fenced off, with signs warning against getting inside due to its historic value.

The Islamic Heritage District told the story of the Abbasi era, a time of great flowering of Arab-Islamic culture.

So far the U.S. invading troops have caused the destruction of at least seven historical sites in the country dating back to the Abbasi era and the earliest Islamic period, including the Abbasi Caliph's palace in as-Saqlawiyah, another historic area 30km west of Fallujah where the Battle of Dhat al-`Uyun was fought by Muslim warriors under Khalid Ibn al-Walid who conquered the Persian Empire and liberated the country. The U.S.-led occupation also destroyed the `Anah Citadel and the Hit Citadel, as well as other centuries- old Islamic cites.

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