The United States returns to Iraq 60 pieces stolen during its occupation

The United States returns to Iraq 60 pieces stolen during its occupation

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The thefts of ancient objects have always existed since man was a man and due to this, the opportunity to learn more about certain towns, regions or famous people in history has been lost, with objects stolen from the place where they were and surely sold in any antiques market or in the case of objects of great value, in the hands of private collectors.

You don't have to go very far back in time to see how these things keep happening. For example, when the United States occupied Iraq between 2003 and 2011, a large number of objects were stolen, but the North American country has compensated because a few days ago has returned to Iraq around sixty ancient objects to the National Museum in Baghdad, which has been reopened at the end of last February after having been closed for two years.

This museum fought to get it to open up again, thanks in part to the return of a large number of pieces that were stolen at different times in recent years.

Among the pieces stolen at the time, and currently returned, are bronze spear points, glass dishes and several axes, which were seized in the United States and that they were later exhibited at the Iraqi consulate in Washington before being shipped directly to Baghdad.

But if there is a piece that attracts attention for its great value, not only historical but also economic, since in the market it can cost about 2 million dollars according to the estimation of experts, it is a big head of lamassu assyrian, a bull with wings and the head of a man whose origins date back to 700 BC.

This head had been stolen from the palace of King Sargon II in Nineveh, in the northern part of Iraq, where recently the jihadists belonging to the Islamic State group, completely destroyed a large number of priceless pieces.

The Islamic State currently controls vast territories in northern Iraq and Syria and one of the bad news we learned a few weeks ago when they carried out what they called “cultural cleansing”After destroying remains of ancient Mesopotamia, something that shocked the international community, especially the UN, where in addition to destroying them, they are well founded, they suspect that some were sold on the black market.

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