Terrorist Financing

Violent extremist organizations are using cultural heritage as a weapon of war and terrorist financing tool. Daesh (ISIS) made front page headlines for its cultural racketeering, but it was not the first to traffic in blood antiquities, and will not be the last. Learn more below about how violent extremist groups are funding themselves through the looting and illicit trade in ancient art and artifacts.


March 21, 2019

The Antiquities Coalition Applauds House Resolution on Financial Crimes and Cultural Racketeering

WASHINGTON, DC (March 21, 2019) – The Antiquities Coalition commends the House of Representatives for its continuing action to ensure the $26.6 billion American art market is not misused by […]

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March 06, 2019

Public’s Help Needed to Recover “Blood Antiquities”

Antiquities Coalition and Yemen Release Information on Thousands of Artifacts Looted Amid War with al-Qaeda and Insurgents Blood antiquities are financing the civil war in Yemen, exacerbating the world’s worst […]

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April 18, 2018

Antiquities Coalition Launches Awareness Campaign To Fight Cultural Racketeering And Terrorist Financing

To honor World Heritage Day, the Antiquities Coalition is launching a new video campaign today to raise awareness about how the sale of “blood antiquities” is financing ISIS and other violent extremist organizations.

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