Babylon sits in the fertile valley between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, the birthplace of a succession of ancient Mesopotamia civilizations in what is now the country of Iraq. Under Saddam Hussein's fateful rule, the ruins at Babylon were partially destroyed by the construction of a palace for Hussein at the site. During the Iraq war, US troops constructed "Camp Alpha" on a portion of the site, to much criticism. Subsequently, the World Monuments Fund and others have been working to protect and restore the site.
The preservation warriors: saving the past for the future
By Lee Lawrence
The Christian Science Monitor
December 3, 2016