FBI Enlists Art Experts To Help Fight ISIS
ISIS has joined the market for art collectibles and artifacts.
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As the terror group ransacks whole swaths of Iraq and Syria they are leaving very important ancient cites in shambles. Blowing up ruins and stealing priceless artifacts.
Now they are attempting to sell them to buyers and collectors in the west to help fund their terror operations.
The FBI is reaching out to numerous influential experts in the art industry to help identify pieces on the market that are from that region and work with authorities to stop it from being purchased.
ISIS pledges to continue to destroy these historical locations for religious regions but now they have a monetary incentive as well.
(CNN)The FBI is asking art collectors and dealers to be on the lookout for antiquities that could have been put on the market by the terrorist group ISIS, which has been plundering and destroying archaeological sites in Syria and Iraq.
In an alert published Thursday, the FBI said the art community should try to stop the artifacts from being bought and sold, otherwise the proceeds could support terrorism.
“We now have credible reports that U.S. persons have been offered cultural property that appears to have been removed from Syria and Iraq recently,” Bonnie Magness-Gardiner, manager of the FBI’s Art Theft Program, said in a statement.
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