Thursday, April 2, 2009
Grain elevator in Al Basra, Iraq
On pages 44-45, I mention the United States' accidental destruction of the grain elevator in Al Basra, Iraq, which took place in early June 2003. Built in "the American style" in the 1950s, this elevator was so prized (or its destruction was so embarrassing) that the United States not only offered to rebuilt it, and build a brand-new grain elevator in Umm Osar, but also put a picture of the Al Basra Elevator on one of the new dinars that were issued in June 2003.
See Tom Sawyer, et al, "Plans laid for next phase as Iraq rebuild continues," Engineering News-Record, 20 October 2003.