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Table: Planned Theft: How It Might Have Worked


-- Unscrupulous art dealers from inside Iraq and elsewhere place orders with henchmen for rare pieces

-- Armed with descriptions and locations of the objects, the thieves spirit them away

-- Low-paid "mules" truck the loot across the desert to Syria, Jordan, and Turkey

-- Stripped of museum ID numbers, the looted treasures are put on flights to the art capitals of the world


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