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Iraqi Culture Minister Mufid al-Jazairi says Iraqis should first have a chance to view the archeological treasures held by a reopened National Museum before they are sent abroad.
For years, many Kurdish artists dedicated their talents to fueling Kurdish resistance to Saddam Hussein, and documenting his atrocities.
Getting the music playing may not seem to be as high a priority as turning the lights back on, but in the eyes of some, US officials and arts groups restoring Iraq's cultural institutions are just as important to the country's rebuilding process.
Baghdad's artists are torn between joy over new freedoms and dismay over occupation.
On the streets of Baghdad, Iraqis frequently complain about the decline in their quality of life since the US-led invasion. But dozens of young actors and directors at the National Theater are scrambling to ready plays for a festival next month and have seized with enthusiasm an artistic freedom unknown for 25 years in Iraq.
More than 3,000 artefacts from Iraq's national museum have been recovered after being looted, a US team has said.