BBC: “Thousands of valuable historical items from Baghdad’s main museum have been taken or destroyed by looters.”

“A museum guard said that since Thursday, hundreds of looters had carried away artefacts on carts and wheelbarrows.
The museum’s deputy director said looters had taken or destroyed 170,000 items of antiquity dating back thousands of years.”

“Treasures at the museum date back 5,000 years to the dawn of civilisation in Mesopotamia, as Iraq was once known.”