Culture Under Threat: the Fight to Save the Middle East’s Antiquities from Terrorism

25 Sep 2015 2:13 PM | Anonymous

Culture Under Threat: the Fight to Save the Middle East’s Antiquities from Terrorism

By Jack Martinez 9/24/15 at 5:18 PM

The widespread looting, trafficking and destruction of antiquities from Syria and other parts of the Middle East by terrorist groups is not just a cultural crime.

“This is also a security threat,” said Irina Bokova, the head of UNESCO, noting that the Islamic State (ISIS) finances its militant operations in part from illegal sales of art and artifacts. 

http://www.newsweek.com/syria-antiquities-trafficking-threat-isis-376338