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UK to return 5,000 ancient artifacts to Iraq

Included in the repatriation is a 4,000-year-old Sumerian relic discovered in an online auction.

The British government will return nearly 5,000 artifacts to Iraq, the office of Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said Friday. 

Kadhimi, who was appointed premier in May, arrived in the United Kingdom earlier this week for an official state visit. During a tour of the British Museum in London, the Iraqi leader was briefed on the UK's pledge to return clay tablets and other artifacts to Iraq. They are expected to be delivered next year, in what Kadhimi's office said is Iraq’s largest-yet repatriation of artifacts. 

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