Interpol steps up search for ancient artifacts stolen in Syria, Iraq

29 Apr 2015 1:26 PM | Anonymous

Interpol steps up search for ancient artifacts stolen in Syria, Iraq 

The secretary general of Interpol pledged Monday to ramp up the fight against the smuggling of ancient relics by ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria.

At a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Monday, Interpol Secretary General Jürgen Stockcalled for the protection of cultural heritage from the theft and destruction by the terrorist group, which has released videos of its members using explosives, bulldozers and sledge hammers to demolish relics and buildings as old as civilization.

"In the eyes of criminals, cultural heritage often stands as an easy target," Stock said. "The current situation in Syria and Iraq presents a significant challenge as sites vulnerable to destruction are often out of effective government control and illicit excavations dominate the picture."

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