Ancient Treasures Help IS Finance Terrorism

21 Apr 2015 2:01 PM | Anonymous

Ancient Treasures Help IS Finance Terrorism

  Heather Murdock

April 21, 2015 4:43 AM

CAIRO—

Islamic State militants released two videos this past month, boasting about the bombing of priceless ancient artifacts in Iraq.

The destruction of “cultural heritage” in the Middle East is an element of the war, funding extremism and fueling sectarian violence.

Before modern day maps of the Middle East, before the Ottomans and the Romans, and before thousands of years of kings and caliphs, were the Assyrians - one of the world’s first modern empires.

Assyrian rule spanned what is now Iraq, across the Middle East to Egypt and into Turkey, surviving roughly 19 centuries.

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