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Ancient Religious Sites Destroyed by Extremists

March 3, 2016

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Ancient Religious Sites Destroyed by Extremists

ISIS and other terror groups have found a new weapon: the mass destruction and looting of invaluable cultural and religious sites. Referred to as cultural cleansing, this type of terrorism acts as propaganda, even as a recruitment tool. And, a little-known fact, the looted goods are sometimes sold on the black market — sometimes for millions of dollars — lining the pockets of violent extremists. One group trying to protect these treasures is The Antiquities Coalition. They just released a new weapon of their own: the interactive Culture Under Threat Map. 

Deborah LehrFounder and Chair of The Antiquities Coalition
Katie A. Paulanthropologist and Chief of Staff of The Antiquities Coalition

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