Islamic library burned to the ground
“By Robert Fisk, The Independent
Baghdad. So yesterday was the burning of books. First came the looters, then came the arsonists. It was the final chapter in the sack of Baghdad. The National Library and Archives â€” a priceless treasure of Ottoman historical documents including the old royal archives of Iraq â€” were turned to ashes in 3,000 degrees of heat. Then the Islamic Library of Qurâ€™ans at the Ministry of Religious Endowment was set ablaze. I saw the looters.