Troops Get Archaeological Playing Cards - Web Only Story

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon is sending some new playing cards to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, this time highlighting precious archaeological sites and giving tips on how to help preserve antiquities.

For example, the five of clubs tells troops to "drive around, not over, archaeological sites." The seven of clubs shows an ancient arch and says, "this site has survived 17 centuries. Will it and others survive you?"

The intent is to avoid a repeat of what happened after the invasion of Iraq, when U-S troops built a helicopter pad on the ruins of Babylon, and archaeological fragments from the ancient city were used to fill sandbags.

The military previously used playing cards to show the most wanted officials in Saddam Hussein's regime.


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