Saddam Hussein’s regime, which was never kind to antiquities, cleared Kirkuk’s citadel of most of its inhabitants in the 1980’s and destroyed their homes as part of a reclamation project.
Such projects have long been a focus of the American efforts to win hearts and minds and rebuild Iraq. The American military has spent $220,000 to spruce up the grounds at Aqar Quf, including a museum that might one day again house ancient Kassite relics, evacuated to the National Museum during the Persian Gulf War in 1991. The provincial reconstruction team in Babel province did the same for the museum in Babylon.
But local and federal officials are beginning to see their revival as part of the process of making the country whole again, economically and psychologically.
There. I added links to some of the stuff that Stephen, Stephen and Shiho or their editors decided was not relevant or perhaps not fit to print.