Antiquities Destruction And Illicit Sales As Sources Of ISIS Funding And Propaganda
U.S. Army War College Carlisle United States
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The crimes of the Islamic State Organization often called by its older name of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham or ISIS against important archeological sites and museums in Iraq and Syria are major and ongoing cultural catastrophes. ISIS leaders have stated that they are destroying pre-Islamic artifacts and structures because they are idolatrous, but their motivations and actions are significantly shrewder and more nuanced than this ultra-radical and propagandistic formulation. ISIS seeks spectacular acts of terrorism and defiance to bring in new recruits and to help intimidate opponents on the ground.
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