BAGHDAD – Anatolia: The Ministry of Tourism and the Iraqi Antiquities, on Thursday, it recovered 663 artifacts smuggled to the three countries, in the framework of its efforts to recover thousands of lost artifact of the country in the midst of the security chaos that accompanied the former regime fall of 2003, and the subsequent conflicts.
Said Undersecretary for Antiquities, Qais Hussein Rashid, in a statement Anatolia received a copy of it, “the ministry received 663 artifacts were smuggled, were received in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (did not specify when), one of America, Italy and Jordan.”
He added that “it is part of the national campaign to protect Iraqi antiquities launched by the ministry this month that”.
On the other hand, Rashid said that “the artifacts received varied between cut Assyrian stone mission and No. clay, as well as a glass bottles and parts of bronze weapons and a piece of heritage and one spare.”
He pointed out that “it is expected to establish the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities at the beginning of July next showcase of recoveries.”
And thousands of artifacts looted from Iraq, including about 16 thousand pieces from the Baghdad museum, during the fall of the former Iraqi regime and the subsequent security chaos, and enable Iraq to recover a fraction of them until now.
As consistently organizing “Daash” Since June of last year to destroy in the areas controlled by Iraq nor in archaeological sites and cultural and civilizational particularly in the city of Mosul, such as the demolition of mosques and churches that dates back to the periods of time varying.
Broadcasting organization in February 26 last, a videotape showing the destruction of statues and the contents of the museum in Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad.