Thousands of priceless antiques from across war-ravaged Syria have been gathered in the capital Damascus. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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The FBI urged art dealers in the United States Wednesday to be careful when buying antiquities from the Middle East, saying there is evidence collectors have recently been offered artifacts plundered by ISIS fighters in Syria and Iraq. The looting of ancient artifacts across Iraq and Syria and their sale on the black market has become a source of funding for ISIS, and there is growing concern those items are showing up in the Western marketplace, the FBI said in a press release.ISIS fighters have desecrated ancient Assyrian and Graeco-Roman palaces in northern Iraq including the 2,700-year-old Assyrian capital of Khorsabad.
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