Pillage

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PILLAGE. The taking by violence of private property by a victorious army from the citizens or subjects of the enemy. This, in modern times, is seldom allowed, and then, only when authorized by the commander or chief officer, at the place where the pillage is committed. The property thus violently taken in general belongs to the common soldiers. See Dall. Dict. Propriete, art. 3, Sec. 5; Wolff, Sec. 1201; and Booty; Prize.

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Looters pillaged Cairo's museum during the uprising in Egypt earlier this year, prompting similar appeals from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to protect North Africa's wealth of ancient treasures.
He spotted them in an antique shop and noticed they "bore inscriptions that made him suspect they came from" the Saqqara burial ground in the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis, which was pillaged in 1999, the statement said.
The Valleys of South Wales have been raped and pillaged for hundreds of years by successive governments, and yet it is still a case of, 'because my father voted Labour'.
All but a handful of these have been excavated yet most have been pillaged over the years.
Brutal and uncaring, these robbers leave behind a wake of decapitated statues, mutilated temples, and pillaged trenches where archaeologists were seeking clues to little-understood civilizations.
For their part, the Janjaweed have got what they wanted: a treasure trove of booty pillaged from their victims, none of which is likely to be returned, together with vastly expanded access to grazing land for their herds.
In name alone, Genghis Khan conjures up notions of a ruthless, bloodthirsty warrior who pillaged lands far and wide.
A former safecracker and one-time football club saviour has blamed the buyers of his company for its demise, saying they "raped and pillaged it" for their own ends.
Over the course of two days, the Iraq Museum was systematically pillaged and vandalized.
The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them.
VARIOUS: The Breaks II (Harmless) - More groovy classics pillaged by The Prodigy and their like twenty years on.