Iraq displays stolen artefacts recovered from UK, Sweden

Iraq displays stolen artefacts recovered from UK, Sweden
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29 July, 2019
Many archaeological treasures from Iraq were looted during the chaos that followed the 2003 US invasion and whisked out of the country.
Iraq is making a massive effort to bring the pieces home [Getty]
Iraqi officials are displaying stolen artefacts from the country's rich cultural heritage that were recently recovered from Britain and Sweden.

Many archaeological treasures from Iraq, home of the ancient "fertile crescent" considered the cradle of civilization, were looted during the chaos that followed the 2003 US invasion and whisked out of the country.

Now Iraq is making a massive effort to bring these pieces home, working closely with the UN cultural organisation.

The artefacts on display Monday at the foreign ministry in Baghdad include archaeological and historical items, such as pottery fragments and shards with writing dating back at least 4,000 years to the ancient Sumerian civilization.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Hakim said his country is determined to recover its lost heritage, whatever it takes.

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