How shady art dealers help fund the Islamic State’s violent insurgency

09 Mar 2015 2:33 PM | Anonymous

How shady art dealers help fund the Islamic State’s violent insurgency

March 9 at 11:39 AM   

Last week, the Islamic State bulldozed Nimrud, the 13th-century B.C. capital of the neo-Assyrian Empire, then the most powerful nation-state on Earth. Videos showed militants defacing and destroying massive statues of winged bulls and lions. On Saturday, they took aim at another ancient site, Hatra, a 2,000-year-old city built by the Parthians. It was the capital of the first Arab kingdom.

Human history is under assault in Iraq, and some of the irreparable damage is our fault. More than a decade of war in Iraq has taken an incredible toll on our cultural heritage, both in terms of priceless works of art and sites that hold evidence of some of the earliest civilizations in human history

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