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Iraqi Libraries Destroyed

Via AP, this story from April 15: “Looters and arsonists ransacked and gutted Iraq’s National Library, leaving a smoldering shell Tuesday of precious books turned to ash and a nation’s intellectual legacy gone up in smoke. They also looted and burned Iraq’s principal Islamic library nearby, home to priceless old Qurans…” See also this first person commentary by Robert Fisk (as cited by Elisabeth McKechnie, Associate Librarian, UC Davis Law Library): Library books, letters and priceless documents are set ablaze in final chapter of the sacking of Baghdad.

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