U.S. Troops Vandalize Mesopotamian Treasure


| May 2003


U.S. troops have reportedly vandalized several historic sites in the Sumarian city of Ur, in southern Iraq, and military officials have cordoned off the city.

Relief workers and ?a concerned U.S. officer? allege that American troops spray-painted ?patriotic? graffiti on the walls within the ancient ciy and stole several 6,000 year-old bricks from archaeological sites, reports The Observer. The Pentagon has not issued an official response to the allegations, but the U.S. military command has since deemed the city off-limits, with all violations punishable in military court.

The religious seat of Mesopotamia around 4,000 BC, Ur is believed to be the birthplace of the prophet Abraham. The city is also the birthplace of the first mathematical system, the wheel, and Gilamesh, the first poetic epic. Most recently, it has become the next-door neighbor to a sprawling American airfield and military base.

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