In spring 2003, widespread looting of archaeological sites in Iraq led to major losses of priceless historical artifacts, according to the FBI. Thousands of artifacts were stolen from the Iraq National Museum, as well. Since then, a number of the stolen items have been recovered, but the FBI reports up to 10,000 items remain missing. Officials are still looking for around 5,000 cylinder seals, for example.
On July 25, 2006, Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that the statue of King Entemena of Lagash, one of the most significant pieces looted from the Iraq Museum in 2003, had been recovered. The statue was returned to the Iraqi government at a ceremony in Washington.