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...Or at least that seems to be the implication of this article from the Guardian:

"Unesco officials said the dire security situation in Samarra had prevented them from taking any measures to secure and protect the site."

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Building of Iraqi police barracks threatens world heritage site


Michael Howard in Irbil
Thursday November 1, 2007
The Guardian


The construction of a large police barracks close to the Great Mosque of Samarra and its famed spiral minaret is imperilling another of Iraq's precious historical sites, Unesco and senior archaeologists have warned.
Work on the building and a training centre for 1,500 Iraqi policemen is continuing in Samarra, about 60 miles north of Baghdad, despite the addition this summer of the ninth-century remains of the capital of the Abbasid dynasty to Unesco's list of endangered world heritage sites.

There are fears that the police compound will prove an irresistible target for insurgents, and that the construction and operation of the barracks will damage the Samarra Archaeological City, one of the country's largest and most valuable historical areas, the Art Newspaper reported in its November issue.

Unesco officials said the dire security situation in Samarra had prevented them from taking any measures to secure and protect the site. Neither Unesco's office for Iraq, which is currently based in Amman, nor Iraq's board of state antiquities and heritage, had been consulted about the location of the new police building......


The more the merrier I guess.

Terrorists blow chunk off minaret.
Government responds by establishing security presence to protect said minaret from further damage.
UNESCO says government security force is the problem.
UNESCO, operating from Amman in Jordan, wants the opportunity to secure the premises themselves.









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