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DOJ on the hunt for ancient artifacts now in the hands of ISIS.

Cue the Indiana Jones music. Justice Department officials announced Wednesday that they would be boosting their efforts to try and track down ancient artifacts that have fallen into the hands of ISIS. The DOJ is currently seeking a warrant to seize a golden ring in Turkey that is believed to be from the Hellenistic/Roman period...
Time: 01:00     Date: 07.12.2017
Last US News: DOJ on the hunt for ancient artifacts now in the hands of ISIS. NY Post 24 - US News

Justice Department officials announced Wednesday that they would be boosting their efforts to try and track down ancient artifacts that have fallen into the hands of ISIS.

The DOJ is currently seeking a warrant to seize a golden ring in Turkey that is believed to be from the Hellenistic/Roman period — dating back anywhere from 323 BC to 31 BC.

The ring contains a dark green gemstone, which has a person’s head carved into it.

According to officials, the pricey piece of jewelry was sold to a person in Turkey for around $250,000 after being stolen from Syria by ISIS militants.

Abu Sayyaf, a senior leader within the Islamic State, was said to have brokered the deal — with all proceeds going towards the group’s terror operations.

The ring had been spotted during a raid on Sayyaf’s home in May 2015, along with several other antiquities.

DOJ officials filed a complaint in US District Court at the time seeking the forfeiture of the items — which included two gold coins and a carved stone — but weren’t able to immediately track them down.

On Wednesday, they amended the complaint and added a gold brooch to the list of artifacts being sought after, along with a gold necklace and matching brooch.

“These items date to ancient times and are believed to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars,” officials said in a statement.

The gold ring in question is currently in the hands of Turkish law enforcement after being confiscated from a Syrian antiquities trafficker.

Sayyaf allegedly acted as the Islamic State’s main antique dealer before he was killed in Dec. 2016 — even dubbing himself the “President of the Ministry of Natural Resources Antiquities Department,” according to officials.

His antiquity trafficking was said to have “directly financed ISIS.”

“The FBI continues to work tirelessly with its partners to recover these precious antiquities stolen by ISIS, who sold them on the black market in order to finance their terrorist operations,” explained Andrew W. Vale, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

“ISIS members extorted and threatened to arrest anyone outside of the terrorist organization who attempted to excavate, sell or transport antiquities from the territory under their control,” he added.

Metro

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Opinion

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Living

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Business

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Metro

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