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US returns Iraqi artefacts recovered in Syria raid

Looted artefacts recovered by the US military during a recent raid in Syria are returned to the Iraqi authorities on July 15, 2015 at the National Museum in BaghdadThe United States returned Wednesday hundreds of Iraqi artefacts its special forces recovered during a raid in Syria against a man described as the Islamic State group’s top financier. Some of the pieces were displayed at the Iraqi national museum during a repatriation ceremony attended by Antiquities Minister Adel Shirshab and US Ambassador Stuart Jones. “These artefacts are indisputable evidence that Daesh (IS) — beyond its terrorism, beyond its brutality and destruction — is also a criminal gang that is looting antiquities from museums and historical sites,” Jones said.

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