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Iraqi museum unveils looted artefacts

Over 2,000 artefacts, including about 100 that were looted and found abroad, have been unveiled in a museum in Basra province on the southern tip of Iraq, authorities have said. Basra is the most oil-rich province in Iraq but its heritage sites have long been neglected. On Tuesday, between 2,000 and 2,500 pieces went on display in the Basra Museum, the second largest in Iraq, said Qahtan al-Obeid, head of archeology and heritage in the province. They date from 6000 BC to 1500 AD, he told AFP, referring to the Assyrian, Babylonian and Sumerian periods. Obeid said about 100 artefacts -- most of which came from Jordan and the United States -- were given back to Iraq to be displayed in the museum, a former palace of deposed dictator Saddam Hussein. The heritage of Iraq, most of which was former Mesopotamia, has paid a heavy price due to the wars that have ravaged the country for nearly four decades. Following the US-led invasion that overthrew Saddam in 2003, Islamic State group ...


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