Haider Jalil, artefact collector, is seen with his collection at his home in Basra, Iraq June 29, 2017. Picture taken June 29, 2017. REUTERS/Essam Al-Sudani
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EU officials proposed new rules Thursday to stop traders smuggling ancient scrolls, artworks and other antiquities into Europe, an illegal trade they said was funding militants.EU regulations already ban the trade in artifacts from Iraq and Syria, both countries where Daesh (ISIS) and other militant groups have seized territory and historic sites.The new rules would require traders to go through a common, stricter licensing process to import archaeological objects into Europe.The Commission said the new rules would be part of broader efforts to cut financing to groups that have launched attacks on European soil.
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