House bill targets ISIS profits from cultural destruction

02 Jun 2015 2:30 PM | Anonymous

House bill targets ISIS profits from cultural destruction

By Cristina Marcos

The House passed legislation on Monday to help prevent the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) from reaping profits from damage to cultural heritage sites.

Passed by voice vote, the measure would restrict U.S. imports on archaeological material from Syria. A similar ban is already in effect for Iraq.

Lawmakers said the measure would limit the ability of ISIS to wipe reminders of history from the face of the Earth and make monetary profits in the process by selling ancient artifacts on the black market.

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