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Iraqi Museum Ransacked in 2003 Is to Reopen

The Iraqi National Museum, home to priceless artifacts that were plundered in the chaos after the United States-led invasion in 2003, will reopen this month, an Iraqi official said Wednesday, Reuters reported. The long-awaited reopening will mark a milestone in the government’s efforts to retrieve and preserve objects and archaeological sites from Iraq’s history after almost six years of theft, destruction and violence. Qahtan al-Jibouri, minister of state for tourism and antiquities, said the government had been renovating the museum in central Baghdad for several months and planned to open it to the public before the end of this month. The museum and other archaeological sites will be protected by a new Interior Ministry force called the “relics protection force,” Mr. Jibouri said.

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