Calls for greater law enforcement efforts to fight antiquities trafficking have been growing ever since ISIS’ profiteering from the trade in looted antiquities became public knowledge in 2014. Two years later, concrete steps are finally being taken.
Among the most tragic losses of the many antiquities destroyed in Iraq by ISIS has been the destruction of Iraq’s seriously understudied medieval architecture.
Last week’s stunning video of the destruction of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is likely to renew calls for drastic action to save Iraq’s antiquities before they are lost forever.
The destruction at the Mosul Museum raises questions about why certain items were destroyed, while others were spared.