US To Return Two Stolen Artefacts to Iraq: Officials

Iraq’s Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday that the United States will return two stolen artifacts dating back more than 4,000 years.

The pieces are made of clay with cuneiform writing, said the ministry’s spokesman Ahmed Al Sahaf.

“We will arrange an official ceremony on Thursday in our Consulate in Los Angeles to receive the artifacts,” Al Sahaf said.

According to Al Sahaf one of the artifacts belongs to the ancient city of Ur, while the other is from Babylon – both are the major cities in the south of Baghdad, Iraq’s capital city.

However, Al Sahaf did not provide more details on how the two artifacts reached the US.

Last year, the US returned more than 17,000 ancient artifacts that were looted and smuggled out of Iraq after the 2003 US invasion, including a 3,500-year-old clay tablet that bears part of the Epic of Gilgamesh.

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