Iraq recovers five valuable artifacts from United States

BAGHDAD — The Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Baghdad has recovered five precious artifacts from the United States of America, all of which date back to 800 B.C.

The Ministry said in a statement on Saturday that Iraqi Ambassador to the United States Farid Yassin received two of the five artifacts that had been stolen from Iraq during the past thirty years as part of efforts to return antiquities smuggled out of the country.

The U.S. handed over two artifacts to the Iraqi Ambassador which were recovered from American businessman Michael Steinhardt. Three other artifacts are still in the possession of American authorities while investigations are still under way.

The statement indicated that the recovered pieces are valued at hundreds of thousands of U.S. dollars. Ambassador Yassin stated that, “The pieces are part of the history and heritage of the Iraqi people, and they will be displayed in public museums to the Iraqi people, to increase their appreciation of Iraqi history and culture.”

These five pieces belong to the era of King Sargon I, founder of the Akkadian state.