Islamic State sets up ‘ministry of antiquities’ to reap the profits of pillaging

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) has established a “ministry of antiquities” to maximise the profits from looting priceless artefacts across the territory it controls.

The trade has raised tens of millions of dollars for Isil – a sum comparable to the profit the terrorists have made by the kidnap and ransom of Western hostages.

Since its lightning sweep through Iraq and Syria last year, Isil has sought to transform itself into an organisation capable of ruling its own state, setting up an elaborate hierarchy of leadership and ministries.

But while elsewhere in the Middle East, ministries of this kind try to protect antiquities; Isil’s version was established to pillage and smuggle these treasures in a territory replete with classical ruins…

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Looks like global warming has been happening there for over a thousand years.
    Those treasures should be rescued from their fate.

  • Frau Katze

    IS is a disaster. It’s just getting worse all the time.