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Iraq finds missing artifacts in premier's storage

09-21-2010 09:07 BJT

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Iraq's tourism and antiquities minister, says more than 600 missing artifacts have been found in storage at the prime minister's office. The artifacts were handed over to the Iraqi National Museum on Monday.

The minister, explains the jewelry and bronze figurines from Iraq's ancient history, went missing due to inappropriate hand-over procedures. The missing artifacts, came to light during a recent display in Baghdad, of hundreds of recovered antiquities, looted from museums and archaeo-logical sites.

Iraq's ambassador, to the US said at the event, that the hundreds of artifacts had not been seen since they were transported by the US military from Washington to Baghdad and delivered to the prime minister's office. The artifacts were smuggled out of Iraq, following Baghdad's fall in 2003.

Artifacts are displayed at Iraq's national museum, in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Sept. 20,
2010. 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.

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