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Samir Shakir Mahmood Sumaida'ie (right), Iraqi ambassador to the United States, looks closely at a Western Asiatic necklace (circa third to second millennium B.C.) during a repatriation ceremony of Iraqi antiquities at the Iraqi Cultural Center in Washington on Thursday, July 7, 2011. (Pratik Shah/The Washington Times)

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A guest looks at a chest of silverware on display during a repatriation ceremony of Iraqi antiquities at the Iraqi Cultural Center in Washington on Thursday, July 7, 2011. (Pratik Shah/The Washington Times)

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Artifacts are displayed during a repatriation ceremony of Iraqi antiquities at the Iraqi Cultural Center. (Pratik Shah/The Washington Times)

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Artifacts are displayed during a repatriation ceremony of Iraqi antiquities at the Iraqi Cultural Center in Washington on Thursday, July 7, 2011. (Pratik Shah/The Washington Times)

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Silverware is displayed during a repatriation ceremony of Iraqi antiquities at the Iraqi Cultural Center. (Pratik Shah/The Washington Times)

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Iraq's ambassador to the United States, Samir Shakir Mahmood Sumaida'ie, speaks during a repatriation ceremony of Iraqi antiquities at the Iraqi Cultural Center. Mr. Sumaida'ie will fly to Baghdad with the collection to present it to Iraq's Foreign Ministry, which will place the objects in national museums.

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A coin is one of the many artifacts on display during a repatriation ceremony of Iraqi antiquities at the Iraqi Cultural Center in Washington on Thursday, July 7, 2011. (Pratik Shah/The Washington Times)