US largest market for antiquities looted by ISIS

21 Apr 2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous

US largest market for antiquities looted by ISIS

The Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, funds its operations via the sale of antiquities among other means.

By Washington Desk -

April 19, 2016

WASHINGTON (Talk Media News)  – The United States is the largest market for the Islamic State militant group’s illicit trade in plundered antiquities, according to Patty Gerstenblith, a professor at DePaul University College of Law.

The sale of antiquities and other cultural artifacts stolen from museums, private collections and archaeological sites in Iraq and Syria have raised the need for long- and short-term solutions with tracking information of objects that come in and leave the country, she said before the House Financial Services Committee, Terrorism Financing Task Force on Tuesday.