HOW DOES THE USA TRADE SYRIAN ARTIFACTS?

During the Second World War, Nazi Germany set up some special organizations, whose task was to export cultural property from occupied territories. One of them, “the Sonderkommando Künsberg”, operated in the Eastern front, captured all possible historical values after the fall of the major Soviet cities and immediately forwarded them to Germany. Only from Russia it exported more than one million exhibits.
In the 21st century, such a phenomenon as the export of cultural property in wartime didn’t disappear, but it took even larger scale forms. The Americans succeeded here adopting the experience of Nazi Germany. The American Armed Forces has exported from Iraq more than 130,000 cultural and historical values. According to estimates of experts, there are at least 90,000 illegally appropriated archaeological artifacts in the US.
Moving to Iraq, specially trained troops have already had plans and schemes of storing of the largest national museums in the country. The greatest damage was done by so called the “liberators” to the National Museum of Baghdad and the Museum of Babylon. In total, they removed more than thirty thousand values of ancient civilizations.
However, Iraq was not only country for the Americans. The looting of ancient temples, museums, historical monuments and tombs is continueing now. The aimed country are Syria, Libya and Yemen. Where Americans can not rob themselves, they delegate the functions of capture and transportation to pro-American groups operating in the territory of these countries.
However, Iraq was not only country for the Americans. The looting of ancient temples, museums, historical monuments and tombs is continueing now. The aimed country are Syria, Libya and Yemen. If Americans can not rob themselves, they delegate the functions of capture and transportation to pro-American groups operating on the territory of these countries. The US allies in NATO don’t refuse to cooperate with terrorist groups, including even ISIL.
As a result, many values of the Syrian Palmyra, that were plundered by the Islamic Caliphate militants, appeared at the smuggling bases in Geneva. Later some of them even appeared in private collections of European antique dealers. Literally six months ago, the Swiss authorities seized from the black market cultural relics, stolen from the museums of Libya and Yemen.
Generally, stolen antiques are transported by terrorists to the Persian Gulf countries or Turkey, and then to European and American customers who, buying relics,provide effective financial support to IGIL and other terrorist organizations. According to the American newspaper “The Wall Street Journal”, the cost of these artifacts, that were stolen in Damascus and Homs, is $ 36 million. During the dawn of the Islamic state in Syria many such artifacts were stolen. It’s hardy ever try to count them.
It is curious that the overall trade turnover between Turkey, Iraq and Syria has fallen since the beginning of the war, but the volume of traffic between Turkey and locations controlled by Islamists has increased. Not easy to guess why.
Today the American market is the largest trading platform of historical values and artifacts looted in Iraq, Syria and other countries of the Middle East. Despite the accusations of plundering the historical values and heritage of civilizations, the United States continues to export systematically priceless antiquities from places where the war is going on. However, the most frightening thing is that a well-established mechanism for capturing, exporting and selling relics to the United States and Europe allows radical fighters not only to exist, but also to increase their power for more crimes.

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