Skip to comments.Priceless Smuggled Treasure Found
Posted on 12/25/2008 2:06:55 PM PST by SandRat
BASRA — Iraqi Security Forces recently uncovered hundreds of historical artifacts during two raids in northern Basra.
The 228 ancient artifacts included Sumerian and Babylonian sculpture, gold jewelry and other items from ancient Mesopotamia.
“This is my favorite item,” said Iraqi Col. Ali Sabah, commander of the Basra Emergency Battalion that led the operation, holding a piece of gold jewelry. “It’s gold from the Babylon ages and about 6,000 years old. It doesn’t have a price.”
“I’m very happy because this is my civilization’s heritage,” he said.
The Basra Emergency Battalion led raid operated from tips that smugglers intended to remove the treasure from the country.
“We got information that there were important Iraqi monuments that were going to be smuggled outside of Iraq,” Sabah said.
After verifying a tip, the operation kicked off with a house raid that recovered 160 pieces of Iraqi monuments that were found in the yard.
“We arrested five of the guys and they admitted to the crime,” Sabah said.
These arrests led to a second raid on in al-Ayaqub in northern Basra.
“We knew what we were looking for because we had pictures,” Sabah said
The monuments were found in a box in a corner of the yard covered with blocks.
“We will send it back to Baghdad via the Ministry of Defense to action moving it to the Iraqi Museum,” Sabah said.
Sabah said he hopes Iraqi authorities will get more information of this kind.
“The Soldiers are very, very proud to conduct this operation,” said Sabah. “I can’t describe how happy we were when the Soldiers found it.
“Each of the Soldiers will be very proud when they visit the museum with their families and their wives and they can say ‘I brought it back’.”
(Multi-National Division South East PAO)
I am glad to see Iraqis saving their country’s heritage.
Great they got some of their items back. Way to go Iraqis’....
Merry Christmas, SandRat!!
as they say in Alaska — Merry Christ-Moose!
Merry Christmas from Alaska !! I saw a moose run down the street this morning about 100 mph with a dog after him . maybe a little slower ;-)
A dog chasing a General-Moose-Corporation Product; did he catch it? LOL
That soldier has the same nose and eybrows as one of those artifacts.
Good sell it!
But you won't see these stories on the MSM until after the Coronation - at which time, all this will be attributed to his regime.
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Sorry about that trip in the locked trunk.
It’s OK...I had a few things to keep me busy. And I slept a lot.
Next time, though, could you make sure I have some Reisling? Please? Thanks!
Does that mean you will leave me in there alone?
Or that you will join me, with more?
I just don’t drink at all. :’)
Me too, not.
Since you bring it up, actually my friend, it was. The idiots in the administration didn't think that we needed to provide security after we invaded. That was not the view of the professional military, many of whom were fired for saying that they needed the troops to properly do the job. Collin Powell stated that "if you break it you own it," but Powell is much maligned around here for disagreeing with the Bush bots.
Too bad the radical fringe Islamists like the Taliban would destroy these priceless works of art from the ancient civilizations of Iraq if they have the opportunity.
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