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The United States will return to Iraq a stolen 3,500-year-old artifact

Washington-ALSHARQIYA July 28: The US Department of Justice announced that the United States will return to Iraq an antique 3,500-year-old cuneiform tablet after it became clear that it was stolen cultural property that had been fraudulently introduced to the American art market.

A Justice Department statement quoted Attorney General Jacqueline Casoulis, who is in charge of this case, as saying that the decision represents an important step towards the return of this world's literary masterpiece to its original homeland.

This archaeological tablet made of clay includes part of the "Epic of Gilgamesh", which is considered one of the oldest literary works of mankind.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi had announced the imminent recovery of 17,000 antiquities from the United States as part of the cultural cooperation between the two countries included in the strategic agreement.

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