Iraq National Library and Archive needs help

This article from American Libraries describes the dire situation Iraqi National Library and Archive is facing after an intrusion from the Iraqi National Guard. Below is an excerpt from an email that was sent by Saad Eskander, director of the national library.

“This morning, August 8, a group of Iraqi national guard has broken into the National Library and Archive’s main building. By this action, the national guards have violated the instructions of the Council of Ministers, which clearly assert that Iraqi security and armed forces cannot enter any state-run institution without a prior approval of the government and the concerned authorities,” Eskander said. “I talked to the commander of the national guards by phone, asking him politely to leave the building immediately. He refused to consider the idea of evacuating the building, claiming that he had orders from his superiors and the Americans to occupy the INLA. He justified his action by claiming that the national guards wanted to protect Shi’i visitors of the holy shrines of al-Kadhimiyah, which is 30 km away from the INLA!”

Apparently, U.S. forces have entered without permission as well. You can read more about the situation by reading Eskander’s blog, which the British Library has been publishing.

I’m confused however, as to the actual help he is asking for. Is he asking for political pressure to stop the unauthorized entries? Is he asking for protection? I’ll be waiting to hear more.

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