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Antiquities Destruction and Illicit Sales as Sources of ISIS Funding and Propaganda

Title:
Antiquities Destruction and Illicit Sales as Sources of ISIS Funding and Propaganda
Format:
Paperback
USA Price: 
Stock:
In stock
GPO Stock Number:
008-000-01245-8
ISBN:
9781584877516
Description

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has embarked on a campaign to destroy or sell priceless world heritage relics throughout the area under its control. While images of the outrageous destruction of priceless artifacts have been seen throughout the world, the strategic and military implications of comprehensive antiquities looting and ISIS propaganda about antiquities are of vital importance and correspondingly are considered throughout this Letort Paper. In particular, ISIS funding from the illicit sales of antiquities (and high quality fakes) is a serious problem and may help ISIS remain functional even after other sources of revenue are increasingly disrupted or eliminated.

Should ISIS experience additional defeats and further loss of territory in Iraq and Syria, an ongoing stream of revenue could fund a nucleus of the organization while it searches for opportunities to rebuild itself and prove its continued relevance through spectacular acts of terrorism. Antiquities, if hidden and trafficked later, along with reproductions marketed as original masterpieces, could give the organization the financial lifeline it needs to stay operational and relevant, even if it is forced to transform itself from a “caliphate” controlling territory to a more simplified type of terrorist organization operating out of portions of the areas it once ruled.

ITEM AVAILABLE DATE 05/10/17.

Audience

This publication would benefit the intelligence community, military leaders, policymakers, members of the government and Congress, scholars involved in identifying and preserving antiquities, and members of the general public interested in understanding one of the unexpected ways in which ISIS funds itself.

Product Details

Availability Details:
In Stock
USA Price:
$11.00
International Price:
$15.40
Publisher:
Defense Dept., Army, Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute
Author:
  • Terrill, W. Andrew
Year/Pages:
2017: 61 p.
Notes:
Letort Papers. Cover 4 includes a barcode and 4 QR codes.
Key Phrases:
  • Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham
  • Iraq
  • Letort Papers
Weight:
0.3125
Quantity Price:
Discount
Cover:
Paper
Unit of Issue (US):
1
Unit of Issue (Non-US):
1
Item available Date:
05/04/2017
Last Status Update:
05/25/2017
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