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Sep 22, 2015 In The News

U.N. boots on the ground, as well as safekeeping artifacts in museums around the world, are among the measures the world needs to take.

Late last month in Palmyra, Syria, Islamic State killers beheaded Khaled al-Asaad, an 83-year-old Syrian archaeologist who had reportedly refused to reveal the whereabouts of pre-Islamic antiquities hidden for safekeeping. A few weeks later, Islamic State, or ISIS, blew up the Temple of Bel, a remarkable first-century structure where the Semitic god was once worshiped.

Jul 15, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Representative Eliot L. Engel, the top Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today hailed the return to Iraq of looted artifacts recovered during a raid on ISIS commander Abu Sayyaf. Representative Engel renewed his call for additional measures to curb the sale of antiquities looted by ISIS in Syria as a source of funding for the terrorist group.

Jul 3, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Representative Eliot L. Engel, the top Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today renewed his calls for Congressional action to crack down on ISIS’s trafficking of looted artifacts to finance its campaign of violence.  ISIS terrorists continue to ransack heritage sites and traffic antiquities across the region. Reports also underscore the group's strategic advantage at historic states across Iraq and Syria, and its increasing tendency to destroy archeological sites and loot them for profit and publicity.

May 21, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, today condemned the ISIS takeover of the Syrian city of Palmyra and called on Congress to pass H.R. 1493, the Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act.

May 13, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Representative Eliot L. Engel, the leading Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today delivered the following remarks at a full Committee hearing on ISIS.

“Thank you very much Mr. Chairman. And thank you, as always, for calling this important hearing.

“And let me also thank our witnesses for joining us today. We are very appreciative that you’re here.

Mar 19, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY), the top Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs; Chris Smith (R-NJ), chair of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations; Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA); and William Keating (D-MA), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade today reintroduced legislation to improve cultural property protection abroad and help deny the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) the ability to profit from trafficking looted artifacts.

Nov 14, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), the leading Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ), chair of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations today announced that they have introduced legislation to improve American efforts to preserve cultural property around the world and cut off one source of funding to ISIL. The Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act (H.R.

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