"The issue of preserving and respecting that ancient legacy is perhaps best illustrated by Ur’s mighty ziggurat (step pyramid) whose ruins still dominate the landscape. In the first Gulf War, the Iraqis placed their aircraft next to the ziggurat, expecting (correctly!) that the Americans would not risk bombing the planes for fear of damaging the ziggurat; the Iraqis did it again this time – but this time (according to unconfirmed reports) the airfield was captured by Special Forces without a bomb dropped."
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And here's the actual turth.
Talil airbase was Iraqi controlled during the first Gulf war. And it was bombed by the allied coalition. Tallil occupies 30 square kilometers and is protected by 22 kilometers of security perimeter so i can see what he means, it would be real easy for a pilot to miss a 30 square kilometer target and hit something as relatively small as the great ziggurat of ur.
. Talil is 350 km south east of baghdad so close to the coallition invasion point that It was taken at the start of april.
Don't you just love his use of "(according to unconfirmed reports)". Yes mr sitchin i would go as far as saying (according to completely fabricated reports).