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Iraq Monday mourned the loss of Lamia al-Gailani, a beloved archaeologist who helped rebuild the Baghdad museum after it was looted following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion to oust Saddam Hussein. Gailani, who died in Amman, Jordan, Friday aged 80, was one of Iraq's first women to excavate the country's archaeological heritage.Relatives, colleagues and cultural officials gathered at Baghdad's National Museum, the country's leading museum, to pay their respects before moving her remains to the Qadiriyya Mosque for prayers and later interment.A devotee of her country's heritage, Gailani lent her expertise to restore relics stolen from the museum for its reopening in 2015 .
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