Iraq authorities: Rare manuscripts smuggled out of Mosul

23 Jun 2014 8:41 AM | Anonymous

Iraq authorities: Rare manuscripts smuggled out of Mosul

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An Iraqi security officer, stands guard outside the Church of the Virgin Mary in the northern town of Bartala, on June 15, 2012, east of the northern city of Mosul. (AFP Photo/Karim Sahib)

An Iraqi security officer, stands guard outside the Church of the Virgin Mary in the northern town of Bartala, on June 15, 2012, east of the northern city of Mosul. (AFP Photo/Karim Sahib)

Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsatundefined“There have been attempts to smuggle a number of rare Iraqi manuscripts from a number of libraries in Mosul to Turkey, including a rare Qur’an which dates back to the Abbasid era,” the head of Iraq’s State Board of Antiquities and Heritage, Qais Hussein, told Asharq Al-Awsat.

Hussein said that “relevant authorities in the Iraqi government will take charge of following up the fate of these smuggled manuscripts to ensure their return and the punishment of the parties involved in their smuggling.”

http://www.aawsat.net/2014/06/article55333503

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