Reports reveal that Daesh makes $100m a year selling looted historic artefacts


Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| 08 August 2017|15 Zhul Qadha 1438

Daesh is profiting up to $100 million a year from the sale of looted antiquities from Iraq and Syria and selling them on the black market, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

A French security source, who was not named by the paper, estimated that the terrorist group has been funding it’s wars in the Middle East by selling historical artefacts from both war torn countries and selling them on the black market in addition to oil revenues. Other experts have estimated the amount obtained by the group to have reached tens of millions annually through such sales.

“ISIS is increasing pressure on this line of trafficking to compensate for the loss of petroleum revenue,” the French security official was quoted by the Journal as saying, using another name for Daesh.

Source – MEMO