Wednesday 7 August 2019

Antiquities Dealers are Still Financing ISIL?

It is not just knowledge theft that is a problem with antiquities looting, the destination of the financial profits gives cause fr concern - concern, that is, apart from among "respectable" dealers and "responsible" collectors ('Pentagon says Daesh is resurgent after withdrawal of US troops' Middle East Monitor August 7, 2019)
Daesh is allegedly resurgent in Syria less than five months after US President Donald Trump announced that the group was defeated, according to a new report released yesterday by the Pentagon. [...] The revelation about Daesh is not the first warning to be voiced on the group’s revival in recent weeks. Only last month, Iraqi intelligence revealed that its leader is in Syria and enjoying strong support and influence within Daesh. In a report released on Monday, the UN also cautioned that the self-styled “caliphate” has as much as $300 million at its disposal to continue its campaign. Despite its loss of territory and “citizens”, this money has been acquired through direct funding and the sale of looted antiquities on the global black market.

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