Iraq trying to bring back its artefact stolen during the US invasion
Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:29PM
A photo exhibition has been organized by the Iraqi government in the capital Baghdad. The exhibition is showcasing Iraqi artifacts stolen during and after the U-S invasion of the country in 2003.The Iraqi Tourism and antiquities ministry has organized a photo exhibition in Baghdad. The exhibition contains the pictures of the Iraqi artifacts and antiquities which are still outside the country. According to the Iraqi Tourism Ministry, Iraq has succeeded in bringing back more than 133,000 stolen antiquities from different countries. The Iraqi Tourism and Antiquities Minister says most of the shown artifacts were stolen and smuggled to different countries during and after the US led invasion of Iraq in 2003. He also said the Iraqi government is still trying to bring back the stolen artifacts and antiquities to the country. The Head of the Iraqi Museums said that one of the most important ancient pieces is the Jewish scripts Archive. The Archive was found and then stolen by the US government and handed over to Israel under the pretext of keeping it under maintenance after being damaged during the invasion. Iraqi officials say Baghdad is following this case carefully and is keen to protect the country’s treasures. The Iraqi historians have described the exhibition as a proof that the Iraqi government is officially claiming its artifacts and antiquities. They also say there’s no doubt that the U-S is preventing Iraqis of having it back. Few years ago researchers working for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization released a report saying the US military in Iraq has damaged parts of ancient Babylon which is home of the hanging gardens. The ruins of the ancient city, more than 4,000 years old, became military "Camp Alpha" after the U.S. invasion in 2003. UNESCO wants to make Babylon a World Heritage site in an attempt to prevent similar vandalism during wartime.