Archive for November 28th, 2014


German media investigation does not disprove Islamic State antiquities trafficking, may corroborate it and its $36m income

Hyperallergic have published my post on claims and denials of antiquities trade funding of paramilitary activity in Syria and Iraq.

Süddeutsche Zeitung, NDR and WDR have analysed some of the data from the notorious haul of 162 USB memory sticks from Islamic State military councillor Abdulrahman al-Bilawi. Antiquities trade representatives have claimed that the German media report disprove claims that the Islamic State is profiting from looting and trafficking of antiquities. They imply that Süddeutsche Zeitung, NDR and WDR’s investigation exposes the Guardian’s report as false. In fact, the representatives’ claims are false and Georg Mascolo, Volkmar Kabisch and Amir Musawy’s findings lend credibility to Martin Chulov’s claims.

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