Archive for June 19th, 2014

19/06/2014

Uncertain story: there was an explosion in the street outside an army base and a church in Mosul

One of the Foreign Policy bloggers (@FP_Bloggers), Christian Caryl (@ccaryl), reported: ‘No sooner had ISIS entered Mosul than some of their fighters set fire to an Armenian church.’

Further update (20th July 2014)

Abdul Malek (@truthsMaster) has found a video that shows the unburned church and a burned vehicle outside (which was probably the source of the fire in the propaganda photo).

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19/06/2014

Iraq/Syria: regulation of the antiquities market, including online trading, could cut funding of ISIS and other paramilitaries

Kathleen Caulderwood followed up on antiquities trafficking funding for ISIL/ISIS(1) activity for International Business Times and Business Insider.

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19/06/2014

Iraq/Syria: the first thing ISIL/ISIS do is ‘go after the wealth of those from ethnic and religious minorities’

Following the original trail from Martin Chulov’s Guardian article, CTV’s Josh Elliot approached a security intelligence consultant for the Soufan Group (@TheSoufanGroup), Robert McFadden (@RobertMcFadde18), who said that (paraphrased by Elliot) the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham(1) ‘adds to its coffers by selling valuable antiquities seized during its takeovers’; and that, when it takes control of an area, the first thing it does is ‘to go after the wealth of those from ethnic and religious minorities‘.

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19/06/2014

Iraqi and Syrian antiquities are being smuggled onto the black market to fund insurgent groups

In the Las Vegas Guardian Express, Steven Killings (@steven_james201) noted a case in 2008 where Iraqi security followed a ‘tip that important Iraqi monuments were going to be smuggled’ out of the country and sold on the black market to raise funds for insurgent groups, and ‘recovered 228 ancient Mesopotamian artifacts that had been plundered from archaeological sites and museums throughout the country’. While it is not a universal problem, as Col. Matthew Bogdanos observed in Iraq and as I’ve documented in Syria, it is not just one case, it is a standard funding strategy.

19/06/2014

Iraqi and Syrian conflict antiquities: ‘somebody, somewhere is buying the stuff’

Esquire‘s Charles P. Pierce (@ESQPolitics) picked up on the use of antiquities trafficking for paramilitary fundraising in Iraq and Syria and highlighted that,

there’s not much you can do about bank robberies, but the archaeological artifacts are being sold, which means that somebody, somewhere is buying the stuff [and]…. sooner or later, some of it is bound to appear on the open market.

The end buyers, as much as their rival bidders and intermediaries, are funding the activities of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant/al-Sham(1).

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