Islamic State Is Selling Looted Art Online for Needed Cash

29 Jun 2015 1:14 PM | Anonymous

Islamic State Is Selling Looted Art Online for Needed Cash

by Sangwon Yoon

June 28, 2015 — 7:42 PM EDT Updated on June 29, 2015 — 10:11 AM EDT

The Whatsapp message appeared on his iPhone: photos of an ancient Mesopotamian vase worth $250,000, part of a highly-valued set, is waiting to be extracted.

The recipient, Amr Al Azm, replied that he was interested. How to proceed? A message from a different account followed. The vase could be smuggled through Lebanon.

Al Azm, an anthropology professor in Ohio, was faking it, as he does when photos of looted antiquities are sent to him in the belief that he is a collector or dealer. He is a detective - - self-appointed -- hoping to save some of mankind’s rarest and most vulnerable artifacts by tracking the burgeoning antiquities trade of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. 

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-28/isis-has-new-cash-cow-art-loot-it-s-peddling-on-ebay-facebook

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