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The American people need to help preserve our shared cultural heritage in Syria

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In addition, the US President will be authorized by Congress to apply restrictions on importing items of "archaeological, historical, cultural, rare scientific or religious importance unlawfully removed from Syria on or after August 18, 2011. Some who have been in Syria over the past few years surveying the damage to archeological sites have reported that the greatest consistent source of income for Da'ish (ISIS), after oil, derives from looted goods. Part of cash in from "taxes" which is collected from jihadist brigades of female and male looters, or all ages currently being assigned to more than 5000 archaeological located in areas controlled by Da'ish (ISIS). These areas are expanding inexorably as thousands of jihadists arrive every month and are assigned to what are considered "useful tasks for the Caliphate."

These days, when many Americans are questioning the evident defects in our democracy, an excellent way to improve it for us and our children would be for us to insist on our government following our wishes and taking a lead in preserving and protecting our cultural heritage in Syria.

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Since 2013, Professor Franklin P. Lamb has traveled extensively throughout Syria. His primary focus has been to document, photograph, research and hopefully help preserve the vast and irreplaceable archaeological sites and artifacts in (more...)
 

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