Monday, April 21, 2003

US officer warned that there was a risk the museum would be looted
'On 5 April, US Major Christopher Varhola, a US cultural anthropologist attached to the military, gave a formal press briefing in Kuwait. He said: “Another concern is the looting, especially in the absence of law of and order and the economic uncertainty that is inherent to any military operation of this magnitude. All around Iraq there are a number of museums, in particular the National Museum of Baghdad, that hold priceless material. The US military is eager to coordinate with any organisation dedicated to the task of preservation, which transcends military and operational necessity.”'

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