In Iraq, the number of artistic and archaeological artifacts stolen by the Jihadists amount to 2700, and the goal according to Mohammed Alhakim, Iraqi Ambassador to the United Nations, is to retrieve them all. This was declared during an interviewat Rudaw during a meeting of the UN Security Council where he discussed the fight against smuggling of art from the Jihadist Islamic state.
“It’s the first time-explained Alhakim-that a meeting of this significance has been held on culture and heritage. We went beyond the technical issues and we discussed how the destruction of the cultural heritage is comparable to a war and a sto how the the UN Security Council could address the issue “. The areas targeted by the men of the Caliphate have been the city of Nimrud, Khorsabad, Hatra, Mosul and other nearby sites that have been the playground of conflict between the Kurdishpeshmerga and the Jihadists.
The operation involving the cooperation of Iraqi authorities with the UN and Interpool plans to compile a database for the artifacts stolen by Isis so that they can be more easily detected at customs. It would be the first step in the fight against trafficking: “we have made an inventory of 2,700 pieces that have been cataloged and put into the Interpool database from Iraq-he explained-we have catalogued all the small pieces that can be smuggled in pockets or bags and even larger ones that can be shipped ”.
Translation provided by Marina Stronati