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Priceless Smuggled Treasure Found
Multi-National Force - Iraq ^

Posted on 12/25/2008 2:06:55 PM PST by SandRat

Iraqi Col. Ali Sabah, commander, Basra Emergency Battalion, displays artifacts recovered from two raids in northern Basra, Dec. 16, 2008.  Photo by Multi-National Division South East PAO.

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)


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: artifacts; babylonia; basra; frwn; godsgravesglyphs; history; iraq; iraqihistory; isf; mesopotamia; sumeria; treasures

1 posted on 12/25/2008 2:06:55 PM PST by SandRat
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2 posted on 12/25/2008 2:07:31 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SandRat

I am glad to see Iraqis saving their country’s heritage.


3 posted on 12/25/2008 2:13:30 PM PST by Ancient Drive (will)
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To: SandRat

Great they got some of their items back. Way to go Iraqis’....


4 posted on 12/25/2008 2:15:48 PM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: SandRat
Bush's fault!!

Merry Christmas, SandRat!!

5 posted on 12/25/2008 2:16:56 PM PST by PROCON (Merry Christmas!)
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To: PROCON

as they say in Alaska — Merry Christ-Moose!


6 posted on 12/25/2008 2:19:42 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SandRat

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 ;-)


7 posted on 12/25/2008 2:39:14 PM PST by Deetes (God Bless the Troops)
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To: Deetes

A dog chasing a General-Moose-Corporation Product; did he catch it? LOL


8 posted on 12/25/2008 2:42:46 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SandRat

That soldier has the same nose and eybrows as one of those artifacts.


9 posted on 12/25/2008 3:02:56 PM PST by donna (If America is not a Christian nation, it will be part of the Islamic nation. Take you pick.)
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To: SandRat

Good sell it!


10 posted on 12/25/2008 3:10:30 PM PST by Cheetahcat (Osamabama the Wright kind of Racist!)
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To: SunkenCiv
FYI
11 posted on 12/25/2008 3:23:48 PM PST by kitchen (Any day without a fair tax thread is a good day.)
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To: SandRat
go to the link and read through story after story of the incredible changes for Iraqis daily lives now - thanks to the USA and Bush's belief that all men are entitled to freedom.

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.

12 posted on 12/25/2008 4:40:43 PM PST by maine-iac7 ("He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help" Lincoln)
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13 posted on 12/26/2008 7:49:21 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, December 6, 2008 !!!)
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Hi, Honey!
I’m home!


14 posted on 12/26/2008 8:14:33 PM PST by Monkey Face (Humpty Dumpty was pushed.)
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To: Monkey Face

Sorry about that trip in the locked trunk.


15 posted on 12/26/2008 8:28:28 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, December 6, 2008 !!!)
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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!

*kiss-kiss*


16 posted on 12/26/2008 8:34:20 PM PST by Monkey Face (Humpty Dumpty was pushed.)
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To: Monkey Face

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17 posted on 12/26/2008 9:01:14 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, December 6, 2008 !!!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Only one?
Does that mean you will leave me in there alone?
Or that you will join me, with more?


18 posted on 12/26/2008 9:02:52 PM PST by Monkey Face (Humpty Dumpty was pushed.)
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To: Monkey Face

I just don’t drink at all. :’)


19 posted on 12/26/2008 9:09:23 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, December 6, 2008 !!!)
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To: SunkenCiv

*sigh*
Me too, not.

Still...


20 posted on 12/26/2008 9:10:52 PM PST by Monkey Face (Humpty Dumpty was pushed.)
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To: PROCON
Bush's fault!!

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.

21 posted on 12/27/2008 6:49:17 AM PST by AndyJackson
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To: SandRat

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.


22 posted on 12/27/2008 11:19:31 AM PST by wildbill
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