Iraq: The IMF Case

The Iraq Memory Foundation, a U.S.-based non-governmental organization (NGO), went to Baghdad shortly after the invasion and began gathering as many documents as it could find. Under the laws of war, such actions may be considered an act of pillage, which is specifically forbidden by the 1907 Hague Convention. The Foundation’s website says its main holdings are “a collection of 2.4 million pages of official Iraqi documents captured by Iraqi Kurdish groups during the 1991 uprising; …a collection of 750,000 pages of Iraqi documents captured in Kuwait after its liberation…in 1991; …approximately 3.0 million pages gathered from Baath Party Regional Command Headquarters in Baghdad following the fall of Saddam in 2003.” This is the body of materials that in January 2008 the Hoover Institution at Stanford University agreed to store.

Open letter from Saad Eskander, Director of the Iraq National Library and Archives to the Director of Hoover Institute, June 21, 2008

Website of the Iraq Memory Foundation

News article on the conflict:

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Klaus Graf (2008, 22. Juni). Iraq: The IMF Case. Archivalia. Abgerufen am 13. April 2024, von

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