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The Rape of MesopotamiaBehind the Looting of the Iraq Museum$
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Lawrence Rothfield

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226729459

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226729435.001.0001

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The Meetings

The Meetings

(p.56) Four The Meetings
The Rape of Mesopotamia
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This chapter discusses the postwar planning meetings that aimed to protect the cultural heritage of Iraq during the 2003 invasion. Archaeologist McGuire Gibson highlighted the fact that the United States needs to prevent the likely looting of archaeological sites in accordance with the 1954 Hague Convention. But Office of Stability Operations' Joseph Collins appeared to have prioritized preventing the looting of coalition forces in adding cultural sites to the “no strike” database.

Keywords:   postwar planning, 2003 Iraq invasion, cultural heritage, McGuire Gibson, Joseph Collins, looting, archaeological sites, 1954 Hague Convention, coalition forces, no strike database

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