Oct 6 2012
By Shaymaa Adel
Azzaman, October 6, 2010
U.S. occupation troops had stolen more than 20,000 documents and their government now refuses to hand them over to Iraq, the head of Iraqi National Archives Saad Iskander said.
Iskander, in a telephone interview with the newspaper, said the Iraqi Jewish archives were among the treasures U.S. troops had removed from the country.
He gave no reason why U.S. occupation troops stole the archives and why their government was preventing their return.
Iraqi heritage, antiquities and archives were plundered shortly after the 2003-U.S. invasion of Iraq, including some of the most fascinating and priceless treasures of the Iraq Museum.
Iskander made no mention of antiquities, but thousands of Mesopotamian artifacts are still missing.
The Iraqi government has officially asked the U.S. for the return of the documents and has suspended cultural ties with Washington, saying the ties will only be resumed when the archives are back.
Currently, U.S. archaeologists and excavations teams are not allowed to work in the country.
Iskander said negotiations with the U.S. are going on and there that there was still hope for a change of heart on part of Washington.
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