On 24 August, an article from Ink Stick Media reported that one should expect a flood of illicit Afghan antiquities to reach diverse global markets soon.  It points out that a documentary recorded a similar supply chain of antiquities from Taliban-controlled territory in Afghanistan to the high-end antique stores of Brussels. It says that the archaeological treasures of numerous epochs can now be monetised by the Taliban who will be in desperate need of funds to keep themselves funded and their newly seized military equipment in shape as seized helicopters, planes, and Humvees need spare parts and often expensive repairs.  It warns that a flood of Greek, Bactrian, Kushan, and Gandharan pottery, coins, jewellery, sculptures, and bas reliefs will soon appear.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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