Islamic State sets up 'ministry of antiquities' to reap the profits of pillaging

01 Jun 2015 7:45 AM | Anonymous

Islamic State sets up 'ministry of antiquities' to reap the profits of pillaging

Looting priceless artefacts has raised tens of millions of dollars for Isil – a sum comparable to the profit the terrorists have made by the kidnap and ransom of Western hostages

By Louisa Loveluck, Cairo

3:34PM BST 30 May 2015

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) has established a "ministry of antiquities" to maximise the profits from looting priceless artefacts across the territory it controls.

The trade has raised tens of millions of dollars for Isil – a sum comparable to the profit the terrorists have made by the kidnap and ransom of Western hostages.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/islamic-state/11640670/Islamic-State-sets-up-ministry-of-antiquities-to-reap-the-profits-of-pillaging.html