Foreign-backed armed groups targeting Syrian history (As it happened in Iraq)
Castle of Aleppo, is a large medieval fortified palace in the centre of the old city of Aleppo. It is considered to be one of the oldest and largest castles in the world. Usage of the Citadel hill dates back at least to the middle of the 3rd millennium BC.
Nine years ago, in the chaos that followed the US invasion of Iraq and the fall of Saddam Hussein, looters ransacked Iraq’s National Museum. Donny George Youkhanna, at the time the museum’s director general, witnessed the looting and is haunted by the memories. He fled Iraq in 2006 and has been teaching at a university outside New York City. More on the story of the sacking of the museum and its restoration from VOA’s Bernard Shusman in New York.