U.S. Special Forces Return ISIS Plundered Relics To Iraq

By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor

AQMI_Flag.svgA small measure of relief can be found in the return of several historical artifacts stolen from the Iraqi and Syrian people after plundering by ISIS.

The world has reacted with outrage and suffered the loss of historical treasures and landmarks at the hands of ISIS which has prided itself to be cleansing the region of a cultural history at odds to what the terrorist network considers to be non-conforming to its ideals. We featured such incidents HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

The raid lends credence to evidence that ISIS is selling artifacts on the illicit antiquities market to raise funds for its operations.

Iraqi officials reportedly stated that the extend of the plundering is unknown in areas controlled by ISIS but believes the high-profile destruction of ancient sites, distributed by ISIS propaganda operatives, is also an effort to divert attention away from the fact that ISIS is selling the artifacts. ISIS also considers some artifacts to be idolatrous but it seems equally important to remove the items via putting them up for sale.

United States Ambassador Stuart Jones stated in an interview with reporters at Baghdad’s national museum during the treasures’ return ceremony:

Ambassador Stuart Jones
Ambassador Stuart Jones

“This is the first tangible evidence that Daesh [ISIS] are selling artefacts to fund their activities. Their goal is to sell these antiquities on the global black market. Today’s effort represents one success in the efforts to return Iraq’s historic patrimony, but the campaign to return all of Iraq’s treasures continues.”



U.S. Special Forces operators discovered the treasures when they raided an ISIS command center southwest of Deir al-Zor, about sixty miles from the Syria-Iraq border. The raid killed Abu Sayyaf who at the time was an ISIS Commander tasked with facilitating ISIS’ gas and oil sales.

In light of these and other revelations, the international community needs to take concrete steps to curtail illegal trade in ancient artifacts. Such efforts have now not only facilitate the precedent of protecting history for humanity but depriving ISIS and other terrorists funds to further their inhumanity.

By Darren Smith


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24 thoughts on “U.S. Special Forces Return ISIS Plundered Relics To Iraq”

  1. Willy,

    “If Obama was born in 1961, then in 1968-70 he was 7-9 years old, making it pretty clear that it wasn’t he who filled out the application for the school.”

    Unfortunately, you are the hypothetical pejorative that you introduced.

    The text I referenced did not say Barry registered himself. It employed an ellipsis. The included ellipsis indicates that an amount of data, not considered to bear heavily, is excluded…you may pursue that data at your convenience.

    Someone completed the school registration form for Barry Soetoro. Barrack Obama may have been adopted by Lolo Soetoro and may have been an Indonesian citizen.

    If the person who completed the registration was one of Barry’s parents, that person held a Masters degree. Both of Barry Soetoro’s parents held Masters Degrees. If completed by a school employee, that employee’s capacity had been scrutinized by industry professionals. The highly intelligent person that completed Barry’s application for school in Indonesia was either telling the truth about Barry’s Indonesian citizenship, or lying as an illegal act of fraud.

    It is not plausible that a Harvard educated lawyer would not investigate his own history contemporarily and later in life; certainly when he was determining his eligibility for public office.

    It would be a simple matter to scrutinize college records to determine if Barrack Obama, AKA Barry Soetoro, ever applied as a foreign citizen for financial assistance.

    I appreciate your effort to reset the agenda and obfuscate as a liberal apologist.

    My compliments.


    “A controversial bronze statue of President Barack Obama as a 10-year-old boy has been removed from an

    Indonesian park and moved to a nearby elementary school that Obama once attended.”

    – The Jakarta Globe – February 15, 2010

    This fraudulent persona, specifically eligibility fraud, and illicit ensconcement of the son of a foreign citizen in the American Presidency is exponentially more egregious than Lincoln’s “Reign of Terror” based on his unconstitutional act of suspension of Habeas Corpus etc., and the multiple and persistent acts of usurpation, by the judicial branch, of the power of the legislative branch. It is unconstitutional and untenable.

  2. Willy,

    I stand corrected. Mea culpa.

    Virtually never, did foreigners attend that school. I’m not aware of any images of the hand or person that filled out that form. It could have been the child, a parent, an agent or a school employee. It is a fact that a statue of Obama was raised near the school, establishing the belief that Obama was a citizen of Indonesia eligible for attendance at that very Indonesian school.

    Is it plausible that Obama didn’t know his name was Barry Soetoro or vice versa? Is it plausible that Obama, AKA Barry Soetoro, didn’t know whether he was adopted? Is it plausible that Obama, didn’t know that only Indonesians attended that school? Is it plausible that Obama didn’t know which country he was in, which country he had moved from or which country he belonged to or was a citizen of? Did Obama retrospectively scrutinize and reconsider his life to determine his citizenship? Does Obama know the truth? Is Obama hiding anything, such as a university application that claims Indonesian citizenship submitted to obtain financing or status?


    Whoever filled out the school registration form registered “Barry Soetoro” as an Indonesian citizen

    with Islam as his religion.

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