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    Iraq’s Stolen Treasures Are Finally Returning Home

    Once freely looted amid the chaos of war, the country’s stolen antiquities are making their way home after international outrage sparked global action. Renowned museums have refused questionable collections, police and collectors are sharing information on clandestine smuggling networks and international organizations are training local communities to prevent theft. Authorities are still looking for 8,000 of the 15,000 artifacts stolen when U.S. forces captured Baghdad in 2003, but as ISIS retreats and stability returns, Iraqi museums are once again striving to be safe spaces for some of civilization’s earliest artifacts.

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