Sunday, April 28, 2013

Antiquities Looting and the War in Syria

The U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield met earlier this month in Washington, D.C. to discuss the impact on cultural heritage caused by Syria's armed conflict. The Blue Shield is paying close attention to the situation as wartime traffickers spill artifacts onto the black market and looters trade artifacts for guns.

Several news outlets have described the deteriorating situation, including TIME MagazineThe Washington Post, and The New York Times. The April 7, 2013 CNN report below sheds light on how antiquities are exchanged for gun money.

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