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Doctor Donny George Youkhanna, former director of the Iraq Museum and former head of the Iraq State Board of Antiquities teaching a Mesopotamian Archeology class to 60 american students at Stony Brook University, Long Island, NY on 2/13/2007....Escape From Iraq..A bullet in an envelope sends the country's top archaeologist fleeing to a campus on Long Island..By JOHN GRAVOIS  From the issue dated February 23, 2007..Stony Brook, N.Y...When he saw the letter, Donny George Youkhanna knew it was time to get out of Iraq...It was late this July, and someone had dropped an envelope containing a bullet on his parents' driveway in Baghdad. The writers threatened to kidnap and behead Mr. George's teenage son, Martin. They knew that the boy's father worked with the Americans, they wrote, and they accused the boy, a Christian like his father, of teasing Muslim girls...It was too much. Within a few days, Mr. George, 56, an Iraqi born and bred, had sent his family by car to Damascus, Syria. Then he filed for retirement from the Iraq State Board of Antiquities and Heritage, where he was president, and the Iraq Museum, in Baghdad, where he was director general. After that he packed a few suitcases, locked the family apartment, and left...With that, the country lost its most prominent archaeologist...Since the U.S.-led invasion of Baghdad, in 2003, Mr. George had made it his business to remind the occupiers that Iraq was the same Fertile Crescent they had read about in schoolbooks. (He was lecturing American troops about ancient Mesopotamia one day at the Baghdad airport when a soldier asked him, "Where's Mesopotamia?") He had made several appearances in the international press to discuss the looting of the Iraq Museum and the efforts to locate and recover the artifacts. Throughout, Mr. George cut the figure of a man minding the cradle of civilization. And then he was gone...When the envelope with the bullet inside it appeared, Mr. George telephoned Elizabeth C. Stone, a professor of

Doctor Donny George Youkhanna, former director of the Iraq Museum and former head of the Iraq State Board of Antiquities teaching a Mesopotamian Archeology class to 60 american students at Stony Brook University, Long Island, NY on 2/13/2007....Escape From Iraq..A bullet in an envelope sends the country's top archaeologist fleeing to a campus on Long Island..By JOHN GRAVOIS From the issue dated February 23, 2007..Stony Brook, N.Y...When he saw the letter, Donny George Youkhanna knew it was...
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