Does the Illicit Antiquities Trade Fund Terrorism?

Posted on October 26, 2010

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For years now, we’ve been hearing that the illicit antiquities trade supports terrorism, but the evidence of that is scant.  It’s just not the sort of thing that’s easy to pin down with documentation like well-kept ledgers.

However, Wikileaks has posted the following, which tends to show a connection between the illicit antiquities trade and insurgency in Iraq:

(FRIENDLY ACTION) RAID RPT : ___ INJ/DAM

2007-12-07 00:00:00

A FORCE FROM THE NATIONAL SECURITY ALONG WITH A FORCE FROM THE CRIMINAL ___ ONE OF THE HOUSES AFTER RECEIVING SOME TIPS THAT THEIR IS SOME ILLEGAL ___ ( SELLING WEAPONS AND ANTIQUES) THE HOUSE LOCATED AT ___ KUT – BAGHDAD ___ ROAD THEY ALSO FOUND A , ___ ,FOUR MORTAR , AND TWO GRENADES FOR ATTACKS.THEY ALSO CAPTURED ___ SUSPECTS.

(Hat tip: Larry Rothfield.)

If you’re interested in the connection between illicit antiquities and terrorism, you might also find the following links interesting:

Terrorism Funded by Stolen Property

9/11 hijacker attempted to sell Afghan loot

(And thanks to Georg Grosse-Hohl for those two links.)

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