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Iraq Artefacts Found In Pm Office Lost Afghanistan Poliitics

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Thieves carted off thousands of artefacts from Iraqi museums and archaeological sites in the aftermath of the 2003 invasion and in earlier years of war and upheaval. Many items ended up abroad Collections that were stolen or destroyed at the National Museum chronicled some 7,000 years of civilisation in Mesopotamia, including the ancient Babylonians, Sumerians and Assyrians Only a fraction of the items have been recovered So far, 5,000 items stolen since 2003 have been recovered. More than 15,000 pieces from the National Museum are still missing.

Two mortar rounds landed inside Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone on Monday, but police did not say whether they caused injuries or damages. Iraq has postponed an auction for three gas fields for the second time, until October 20, after some companies asked for more time to study contract terms, an Iraqi oil official said Sunday. BAGHDAD – Iraq’s tourism and antiquities minister says about 600 missing artifacts, smuggled out of Iraq and then returned, have been found in storage at the prime minister’s office.

Iraqi and world culture officials have for years struggled to retrieve looted treasures but with little success Thieves carted off thousands of artefacts from Iraqi museums and archaeological sites in the aftermath of the 2003 invasion and in earlier years of war and upheaval. Many items ended up abroad. Collections that were stolen or destroyed at the National Museum chronicled some 7,000 years of civilisation in Mesopotamia, including the ancient Babylonians, Sumerians and Assyrians Only a fraction of the items have been recovered.

These items, which provide an account of the civilisation of Mesopotamia, will finally regain their rightful place in the museum.In the aftermath of the 2003 US-led invasion, nearly 32,000 pieces were stolen from 12,000 archaeological sites across Iraq, and 15,000 others disappeared from the National Museum in Baghdad, according to official figures.

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