The blood antiquities funding ISIL

12 Nov 2014 7:45 AM | Anonymous

The blood antiquities funding ISIL

The sale of illegal antiquities is now estimated to be ISIL's second-largest revenue stream after oil.

by Stephennie Mulder


Recently, in an exclusive event at New York's Metropolitan Museum, Secretary of State John Kerry stood - with perhaps unintended irony - before the facade of the ancient Egyptian Temple of Dendur to back an initiative to track losses of Syrian and Iraqi antiquities, including the destruction of monuments and looting of precious objects from archaeological sites.

Kerry blamed "barbaric" practices of groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), who profit by sponsoring highly organised groups of looters who sell the objects, fresh from the ground, to middlemen.

But one might ask: Who buys them?