Prime Minister Adil
Abd al-Mahdi on Tuesday revealed the presence of 15 thousand Iraqi artifacts in
the United States ready to be shipped to Iraq.
During his visit to the National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad, Abd al-Mahdi said that most of these pieces are original, urging citizens to "visit the museum to see the monuments and learn more about the ancient Iraqi civilization."
He added that efforts are made to issue legal legislations to protect the areas containing antiquities, stressing that the Iraqi Museum contains unique treasures that are not found in other museums of the world.