Isil holds heritage to ransom to fund fighters, US expert warns

06 Jul 2015 8:19 AM | Anonymous

Isil holds heritage to ransom to fund fighters, US expert warns

Terrorist group functions as a modern racketeering operation through sale of plundered cultural objects

by David D'Arcy  |  2 July 2015

A US academic working with Syrian heritage has warned that Isil’s tightening grip on heritage sites such as the ancient city of Palmyra indicates its increasing reliance on the sale of plundered cultural objects to generate funds that it previously earned from kidnapping and oil smuggling. 

Michael Danti, the academic director of the ASOR Syrian Heritage Initiative, a joint project between the US Department of State and the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), says Isil is “holding the site hostage. It’s the kidnap for ransom situation that Isil specialises in. In this case, it’s heritage they’re holding, rather than people.”

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