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Iraq: Antiquities Returned from Syria

News is breaking that Syria has handed over some 700 antiquities to Iraq ("Syria returns stolen antiquities to Iraq", AFP, April 23, 2008). The report continues:
Syria on Wednesday returned to Iraq around 700 pieces of antiquities, including gold coins and jewellery, which were stolen in the aftermath of the US-led invasion of its neighbour.

Culture Minister Riad Naassan-Agha handed over the artefacts to the minister of state for tourism and archaeology, Mohammed Abbas al-Oraibi, at a ceremony at Damascus national museum.

"These objects stolen in Iraq were seized by Syrian customs officials," Naassan-Agha said, according to the official SANA news agency, adding that other "very precious" artefacts will be returned soon.
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Syrian Culture Minister, Riyadh Na’ssan Agha, right, at the National Syrian Museum in Damascus, hands back to Iraq's state minister for tourism and antiquities affairs, Mohammad Abbas al-Oraibi, one of some 700 Iraqi antiquities which have been in the care of Syrian authorities. [Source]

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David,

Today, CNN posted a video on the returned antiquities (http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2008/04/27/damon.iraq.recovered.treasure.cnn). I also discuss it here: http://coinarchaeology.blogspot.com/2008/04/cnn-coverage-of-syrias-return-of-iraqi.html

Best,
Nathan
David Gill said…
The Elkins post:
here.

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