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Artistic freedom for Iraqis has arrived, now that the threat of censorship and persecution has disappeared. Iraqi artists, however, are not completely free from fear.
International Council of Museums has warned museums around the world to be vigilant with respect to art objects originating from Iraq offered for sale or reported to be stolen as a consequence of the conflict in that country.
As US troops prepare for a potential war in Iraq, an international coalition of archaeologists, lawyers, researchers and art collectors believe some of the world's most important archaeological sites are at risk.
Young ballerinas, oblivious of war threats on their country, take their dancing lessons at the Baghdad School for Music and Fine Arts.
While Iraq is increasingly coming under siege, dozens of galleries have sprouted up in Baghdad. Iraqi painting and sculpture have become a thriving, if clandestine, export industry, filling museums and private collections throughout the Mideast and even Europe.
Many ancient archaelogical treasures in Irag lie close to air bases or oil refineries or laboratories that were targeted in the Gulf War and may be targeted again should the U.S. go to war with Iraq.