From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.
The UN is warning that Iraq's ancient heritage could be lost forever.
Thousands of artefacts have been looted and destroyed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.
Many were also stolen following the US-led invasion in 2003. Iraq's heritage museum is trying to recover the artefacts.
Al Jazeera's Imtiaz Tyab reports from Baghdad: