Iraq library 'under threat'

<p>Thousands of rare books and manuscripts in Iraq&#39;s national library and archive, one of the country&#39;s most important cultural institutions, are in peril after the occupation of the building by Iraqi security forces, the library&#39;s director said yesterday.</p><p>Saad Eskander, a respected Kurdish historian who has run the library since 2003, told the Guardian that up to 20 Iraqi troops had seized the building at gunpoint yesterday, threatening staff and guards.<br /><br />&quot;They have turned our national archive into a military target,&quot; he said. &quot;Tomorrow or the day after, the extremists will attack the Iraqi forces there.&quot;<br /></p>