“The worst cultural heritage crisis since World War II”
A new report by the federal government of the United States calls for greater efforts to protect cultural heritage sites in the war-torn countries of Iraq and Syria. The report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) calls for protecting the sites from both destruction of their above-ground remains and archaeological evidence as well as protecting the sites from looting. The sale of looted artifacts helps finance operations by the military forces of ISIS.
GAO: Art world wants US to better protect artifacts in Iraq, Syria
By Rebecca Kheel
August 15, 2016