The Iran-Iraq War, 1980-88

Weekend greetings to my fellow history buffs! This month commemorates 35 years since Iraq’s declaration of war against The Islamic Republic of Iran in September of 1980. The Iran-Iraq war is the longest conventional war of the 20th century and, having lasted 8 years, cost upwards of 1 million lives and billions of dollars in damage…

In Support of #Unite4Heritage

The world has long watched with shock and disgust as some of the worlds most precious cultural treasures and heritage sites have been destroyed or controlled by barbaric and extremist forces, destructive ideologies, and conflict zones. Some of civilizations greatest heritage sites in places like Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan among others still face imminent threat…

Assyria and the Great Library of Ashurbanipal

BBC News ran a wonderful article earlier this week entitled “The men who uncovered Assyria“. The wanton destruction and barbaric inhumanity that Islamic State (IS) has demonstrated in Iraq, Syria and beyond has brought attention to not only the many innocent lives that have been lost, but indeed monuments, historic sites and invaluable treasures of…

National Iraq Museum reopens 12 years on

In the immediate aftermath of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 attempts to loot and damage the Iraq National Museum occurred despite somewhat limited US efforts to protect the museum from overwhelming chaos in Baghdad. In April of 2003 between 10-15,000 items were stolen, including items up to 5,000 years old. It is all…