United States bans imports of Syrian Art

The ancient Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria, was almost completely demolished by the Islamic State in August 2015. Photo: Bryan Denton, The New York Times

On Wednesday 13 April, the Senate implemented a ban on the import of almost all ancient art from Syria, The New York Times reports. Aimed at discouraging the trafficking and looting of these artefacts by ISIS, the bill will cut off an illegal trade which helps to finance ISIS’s military operations in the Middle East. 

16 April 2016.