Damascus Museum employees wrap archaeological artifacts into boxes to protect them from being damaged on March 24, 2015, in the Syrian capital.AFP PHOTO / JOSEPH EID
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The United States announced emergency import restrictions Wednesday on Syrian artifacts in response to looting of the country's cultural heritage in the midst of a brutal civil war.ISIS has ravaged ancient archaeological sites under its control in Syria and Iraq, along with local looters. In Syria, more than 900 monuments and archaeological sites have been affected, damaged or destroyed by the government, rebels or extremists since the conflict began in March 2011, according to the Association for the Protection of Syrian Archaeology.
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