Uniting Against Threats to Cultural Heritage in Iraq and Syria

01 Oct 2015 11:18 AM | Anonymous

Uniting Against Threats to Cultural Heritage in Iraq and Syria

Fact Sheet

Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC
September 30, 2015


The terrorist group known as ISIL, or Daesh, is continuing its campaign of destruction and looting at historic sites in Iraq and Syria. These sites have been preserved for millennia in both Iraq and Syria, whose people are suffering enormous human hardships and losing cultural legacies of universal importance.

ISIL’s damage and looting of historic sites in Syria and Iraq have not only destroyed irreplaceable evidence of ancient life and society but have also helped fund its reign of terror inside those countries. Documents and items seized during a raid on the compound of ISIL Senior Leader Abu Sayyaf provided further evidence that ISIL – beyond its terrorism, brutality, and destruction – also engages in a wide variety of criminal activity, including systematic looting and profiteering from the illegal antiquities trafficking under the direction of its senior leadership. 

http://eca.state.gov/cultural-heritage-center/news-and-media