ISIS Is Making Millions From The Art Market. Here's How Congress Wants To Stop That.

05 Nov 2015 12:20 PM | Anonymous

ISIS Is Making Millions From The Art Market. Here's How Congress Wants To Stop That.

Some say the Islamic State earns up to $100 million a year from the looting and trafficking of antiquities.

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Ruby MellenFellow, The Huffington Post

Posted: 11/04/2015 07:15 PM EST | Edited: 11/04/2015 07:16 PM EST

WASHINGTON -- The Islamic State group is making millions of dollars by selling ancient art, perhaps to scores of buyers in the West -- and there’s not much the U.S. can do about it.

Because the U.S. doesn’t have diplomatic relations with Syria, Washington has a hard time tracking the movement of artifacts out of the historically rich country where the Islamic State controls significant territory. There's presently no restriction on antiquities from Syria coming into the U.S., so American collectors and dealers knowingly or unknowingly may be boosting the Islamic State's coffers every day.   

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