Iraq displays recovered artifacts looted in 2003 US invasion

Recently recovered antiquities are displayed at the foreign ministry, in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, July 29, 2019. (AP)
Updated 30 July 2019

Iraq displays recovered artifacts looted in 2003 US invasion

  • Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Al-Hakim said his country is determined to recover its lost heritage
  • Many archaeological treasures from Iraq were looted during the chaos that followed the 2003 US invasion

BAGHDAD: Iraqi officials are displaying stolen artifacts from the country’s rich cultural heritage that were recently recovered from Britain and Sweden.
Many archaeological treasures from Iraq, home of the ancient “fertile crescent” considered the cradle of civilization, were looted during the chaos that followed the 2003 US invasion and whisked out of the country.
Now Iraq is making a massive effort to bring these pieces home, working closely with the UN cultural organization.
The artifacts on display Monday at the foreign ministry in Baghdad include archaeological and historical items, such as pottery fragments and shards with writing dating back at least 4,000 years to the ancient Sumerian civilization.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Al-Hakim said his country is determined to recover its lost heritage, whatever it takes.


Most expensive Shaheen falcon sold at auction

Updated 14 November 2019

Most expensive Shaheen falcon sold at auction

RIYADH: The most expensive Peregrine (Shaheen) falcon was sold in Hafr Al-Batin’s auction on Tuesday for SR400,000 ($106,000).
Four other falcons were sold for a total of SR114,000, making it the auction’s biggest deal since it was launched a month ago. The auction is organized by the Hafr Al-Batin Falconers Association.
The head of the falcon market in the city, Faleh bin Mohammed Al-Odwani, said Hafr Al-Batin is home to the largest number of falconers in the Middle East.
The market includes more than 1,500 birds, more than 20 trappers and more than 1,000 falconers, he added.

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