Hundreds of looted artifacts returned to Iraq

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 7, 2010 16:25

Hundreds of Iraqi artifacts looted from museums and archaeological sites across the country have been returned to Iraq.

More than 500 pieces are on display at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including a 4,400-year-old statue of a Sumerian king discovered in the 1920s at the ancient city of Ur, in southern Iraq.

The headless statue was stolen from the Iraqi National Museum during the looting and chaos that followed the 2003 US-led invasion.

The display is part of Iraqi efforts to repatriate its looted cultural heritage.

Among the youngest pieces of Iraq's past returned was a chrome plated AK-47 with a pearl hand grip and bearing Saddam Hussein's image. It was taken to the US by an American soldier as a war trophy.


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