“They steal everything that they can sell, and what they can’t sell, they destroy” -Iraq’s Deputy minister for Antiquities and Heritage
All of the historians worried that the Islamic State (ISIS) is destroying ancient artifacts can relax. It turns out that the ISIS is selling them.
The ISIS has justified destroying ancient statues and artifacts because they are idolatrous and are reprehensible to Islam, but it seems that blasphemy does not enter the picture when money is involved.
The Washington Post’s Loveday Morris reported that ISIS-controlled territory includes more than 4,500 ancient sites.
“They steal everything that they can sell, and what they can’t sell, they destroy,” Qais Hussein Rasheed, Iraq’s deputy minister for antiquities and heritage,” told the newspaper.
If they had value, the ISIS would not destroy them, and the sale of anything that fetches a good price is more evidence that like most if not all terrorist regimes, their religion is money
CNN's Ben Wedeman reports on ISIS selling the artifacts on the black market. Some of the artifacts will end up in the United States of all places