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U.S. returns Saddam Hussein’s precious chess board

An antique chess belonging to late Iraqi president Saddam Hussein returned to Iraq via the United States embassy in Baghdad.


Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) The United States has returned to Iraq a stolen, antique chess board that belonged to late president Saddam Hussein, its embassy in Baghdad on Saturday.

An antique chess belonging to late Iraqi president Saddam Hussein returned to Iraq via the United States embassy in Iraq.

“ A stolen Iraqi artifact was returned to the Government of Iraq! Yesterday the U.S. Embassy met with the Deputy Minister of Culture for Antiquities & Heritage Affairs Qais Rasheed to return an antique chess set, owned by Saddam Hussein, stolen in 2003 and recovered by the FBI,” the embassy’s statement read. “The U.S. is committed to helping return stolen Iraqi artifacts,” it added.

An antique chess board belonging to late Iraqi president Saddam Hussein returned to Iraq via the United States embassy in Baghdad.
An antique chess belonging to late Iraqi president Saddam Hussein returned to Iraq via the United States embassy in Baghdad.

Numerous thefts of Iraqi antiquities, including belongings of the late leader, occurred following the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Thefts and sabotage of archaeological sites continued with the emergence of the Islamic State militants in 2014.

Last Sunday, Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry said it had handed over 44 ancient coins to the Iraqi ambassadors in Cairo. It said they dated back to the era of kings Faisal I, Faisal II and Ghazi I of Iraq.


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  1. The thefts were from the U.S. government troops that looted Suddams Palace. They stole millions of dollars worth of stuff. Instead of giving it back to the Iraqi people who suffered for years; the troops stuffed their pockets with illegal gains. The U.S. has made no attempts to hand back items stolen just as they recently freed three Blackwater agents who massacred Iraqi civilians and familys. When will the Iraqi government put out warrants for them or hold America accountable

  2. Hmmm. That is quite a simply answer. Well suited for people who hardly put any thought into an issue or, more accurately, speak as if they know what they are talking about when they don’t really a clue.

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