6,000 Looted Artifacts Recovered by Iraqi Government

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More than 6,000 historical artifacts smuggled out of Iraq after the fall of Mosul in 2014 have been recovered, according to the publication Al-Monitor.

The announcement was made on Wednesday by Ali Obaid Shalgam, the head of the Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and Heritage, during a conference on Iraqi cultural heritage in the Mosul province.

A majority of the recovered works were stolen by the Islamic State beginning in 2014. During their control of Iraq and parts of Syria, ISIS destroyed, damaged, or looted artifacts and historical landmarks, including mosques, shrines, churches, ancient and medieval monuments, and libraries. 

Among their targets was the Mosul Cultural Museum, the second largest museum in Iraq. The museum, which lost a library of more than roughly 28,000 books and manuscripts, as well as objects in their holdings, is currently under renovation with assistance from Smithsonian Institution, the Louvre, and World Monuments Fund. It is expected to reopen in 2026. 

In his address, Shalgam said that the Iraqi government has been working ...


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6,000 Looted Artifacts Recovered by Iraqi Government