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EU Targets Islamic State Antiquity Plundering to Fund Terror

  • European Commission issues a draft proposal of rules
  • Regulations aim to strengthen powers of customs authorities
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The European Union proposed new rules that would curb illegal trade in antiquities and other cultural goods, as the bloc steps up its efforts to crack down on sources of terrorist financing.

The draft presented Thursday by the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, aims to strengthen and harmonize import checks for cultural commodities across its borders in order to detect and prevent the movement of funds linked to terrorist groups such as Islamic State, also known as Daesh.