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US returns 60 cultural artifacts to Iraq

More than 60 cultural treasures have been returned to the Republic of Iraq following investigations by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security.

US returns 60 cultural artifacts to Iraq
Iraqi Ambassador to the US Lukman Faily stands next to a table full of ancient Iraqi artifacts that are on display during a ceremony to repatriate Iraqi cultural items that were smuggled into the United States, March 16, 2015 in Washington, DC. More than 60 cultural treasures were returned to the Republic of Iraq following investigations by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security. (Getty Images)
US returns 60 cultural artifacts to Iraq
Ancient Iraqi artifacts are seen during a ceremony to repatriate more than 60 Iraqi cultural items which had been smuggled into the US at the Iraqi consulate in Washington, DC, on March 16, 2015. (AFP/Getty Images)
US returns 60 cultural artifacts to Iraq
Ancient Iraqi clay reliefs are on display during a ceremony to repatriate Iraqi cultural items that were smuggled into the United States, March 16, 2015 in Washington, DC. More than 60 cultural treasures were returned to the Republic of Iraq following investigations by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security. (Getty Images)
US returns 60 cultural artifacts to Iraq
Ancient Iraqi knives are on display during a ceremony to repatriate Iraqi cultural items that were smuggled into the United States, March 16, 2015 in Washington, DC. More than 60 cultural treasures were returned to the Republic of Iraq following investigations by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security. (Getty Images)
US returns 60 cultural artifacts to Iraq
Ancient Iraqi clay reliefs and knives are on display during a ceremony to repatriate Iraqi cultural items that were smuggled into the United States, March 16, 2015 in Washington, DC. More than 60 cultural treasures were returned to the Republic of Iraq following investigations by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security. (Getty Images)
US returns 60 cultural artifacts to Iraq
Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Immigration and Customs Enforcement Sarah Saldaña (seated, L) and Iraqi Ambassador to the US Lukman Faily sign documents behind a sculpture of the head of Assyrian King Sargon II during a ceremony to repatriate more than 60 Iraqi artifacts which had been smuggled into the US at the Iraqi consulate in Washington, DC, on March 16, 2015. (AFP/Getty Images)