U.S. tank takes up position in the Iraqi museum in Baghdad, April 16, 2003. [Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld] on Tuesday rejected charges that the U.S. military was to blame for the looting by Iraqis of priceless treasures from the antiquities museum in Baghdad. [Rumsfeld expressed sympathy over the plunder of the Iraqi National Museum last week, when U.S. troops stood by as looters walked off with antiquities or smashed what they could not steal.] But he denied at a Pentagon briefing that the war plan for Iraq had not adequately prepared for such a threat. - RTXLWO9U.S. tank takes up position in the Iraqi museum in Baghdad, April 16, 2003. [Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld] on Tuesday rejected charges that the U.S. military was to blame for the looting by Iraqis of priceless treasures from the antiquities museum in Baghdad. [Rumsfeld expressed sympathy over the plunder of the Iraqi National Museum last week, when U.S. troops stood by as looters walked off with antiquities or smashed what they could not steal.] But he denied at a Pentagon briefing that the war plan for Iraq had not adequately prepared for such a threat. - RTXLWO8A visitor looks at a Babylonian lion statue at the Iraqi National Museum during its reopening in Baghdad February 23, 2009. Iraq on Monday partially reopened its National Museum, once a trove of artefacts dating back to the dawn of civilisation but which was plundered after the 2003 invasion while U.S. troops stood by.   REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani  (IRAQ) - RTXBZIASeventy-seven-year-old Iraqi guard Abed Atiya al-Shemari leans on an Assyrian relief at Baghdad's National Museum June 26, 2004. Al-Shemari has worked in the museum for the past sixty years, and was at work in 2003 when he was forced to flee looters after the fall of [Saddam Hussein's] regime. The archaeological museum has started packing away the fabulous treasures of Assyria, Sumeria and Babylon as a precautionary move to protect them from further lootings. - RTXMPZURecovered artifacts are seen on display at the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad April 27, 2008. More than 700 artifacts that were stolen during the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime were turned over by the Syrian authorities to the national museum, a museum official said.    REUTERS/Ceerwan Aziz (IRAQ) - RTR1ZYJXVisitors take photographs near an Assyrian statue (C) at the Iraqi National Museum after its reopening ceremony in Baghdad February 23, 2009. Iraq on Monday partially reopened its National Museum, once a trove of artefacts dating back to the dawn of civilisation but which was plundered after the 2003 invasion while U.S. troops stood by. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani (IRAQ) - RTXBZK8

LiputanIslam.com — Ini adalah Museum Nasional Irak, menyimpan begitu banyak peninggalan bersejarah. Namun pasca jatuhnya Saddam Hussein pada tahun 2003, terjadi penjarahan besar-besaran, dan bangunan pun rusak parah.

Dari laporan al-monitor.com, sekitar 15.000 artefak yang dikumpulkan dari seluruh penjuru Irak, telah raib tanpa jejak. Hingga kini masih menjadi misteri.

Mengunjungi museum ini, sama halnya dengan melihat kembali peradaban Irak dari masa ke masa. Seperti patung singa yang terdapat di museum, konon berasal dari jaman Babel.

Museum Nasional Irak adalah wadah yang didedikasikan untuk melindungi warisan arkeologi yang komprehensif dan kolektif, agar dapat dinikmati dan dipelajari oleh generasi sekarang dan generasi mendatang. Ingin tahu lebih banyak tentang museum ini? Silahkan kunjungi The Iraq Museum. (ba)

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