House Task Force Weighs Steps to Fight Cultural Looting by Terror Groups

By Valentina Pasquali

U.S. legislators on Tuesday voiced support for measures intended to restrict terrorist groups from profiting from the sales of cultural artifacts stolen from Syria. Congressional witnesses in a hearing of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee's Task Force to Investigate Terror Financing called on lawmakers to support the broader adoption of two bills aimed at traffickers of looted antiquities and discussed the potential inclusion of art-title insurers in Bank Secrecy Act data-sharing initiatives. The legislative measures-the Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act and the Prevent Trafficking in Cultural Property Act-would ban U.S. importation of artifacts illegally obtained from Syria...