Archive for June 23rd, 2014

23/06/2014

$36m from antiquities trafficking would fund 5,000 fighters for ISIS

ISIS pays its 10,000 fighters to $500-a-month (and funds a lot of other activities, too, obviously). Using a high wage of $600-a-month to ensure a low estimate, open-source arms monitor Eliot Higgins (@Brown_Moses) pointed out how many fighters could be employed by ISIS with the money from bank robberies. Performing the same calculations with the $36m from antiquities trafficking, that money could fund a permanent force of 5,000 fighters.

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23/06/2014

Is there a fact-checking service for violence against cultural property in Iraq and Syria?

Over the past week, I’ve noted that fear, concern and propaganda are spreading false information about destruction of cultural heritage in Iraq; ISIS are using fear to drive communities to exile themselves, so that ISIS don’t have to confront, control or (directly) cleanse them. Confusion is making the problem worse. And while mainstream media are reporting the (para)military battles and territorial struggles, much other information is disappearing in the fog of war.

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