US criticised over Babylon damage
11-Jul-2009 (one comment)

The 4,000-year-old city south of Baghdad was once home to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. American troops and contractors caused substantial damage to the archaelogical site at Babylon in Iraq after the 2003 invasion, a new UN report says. The report says key structures were harmed and the site was subjected to "digging, cutting and levelling". But UN cultural officials stress the damage did not begin when the Americans arrived, or end when they left.

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