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Iraq's national museum officially reopened Saturday after 12 years of painstaking efforts during which close to a third of 15,000 pieces looted during the U.S.-led invasion were recovered.The Mosul destruction was the worst disaster to strike Iraq's treasures since the Baghdad's national museum was looted in the chaos that followed the toppling of Saddam Hussein.The 2003 plundering of the Baghdad museum, footage of which was beamed around the world at the time, has been compared to the Mongol's 13th-century sack of the city's library.The museum was considered to host one of the world's greatest archeological collections. The Mosul museum, which UNESCO museology expert Stuart Gibson described as "a small jewel" constructed on the gardens of the former palace of King Faisal of Iraq, was also pillaged in 2003 .
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