How We Can Prevent ISIS From Pillaging Palmyra

15 Jun 2015 9:04 AM | Anonymous

How We Can Prevent ISIS From Pillaging Palmyra

By Matthew Hall 6/14/15 at 1:04 PM

If the United States and its partners are serious about defeating the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL), they must deny the terror group a major source of its funding: proceeds from the illegal antiquities trade.  

Until now, the effort to halt the looting and resale of Iraq and Syria’s heritage has been piecemeal and peripheral to the overall “degrade and destroy” strategy; the effort to choke the multimillion-dollar black market for antiquities should be seen as on par—and taken in tandem—with the effort to choke the black market for oil.

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