DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:00 P.M.) – American and French forces began excavations in an archeological hilltop near the northern city of Raqqa, local activists reported.

A local activist released a photo which purportedly features heavy machineries for the US-led coalition in al-Mansoura hilltops of Raqqa western countryside.

Mohab Nasser, originally from the city of Raqqa, said that similar excavations have been underway for months in the west and northwest countryside of Tabqa; particularly near Ja’bar, Al-Jarniyah and al-Kreen.

AMN hasn’t yet been able to verify this claim.

The eastern and northeastern region of Syria – commonly known as al-Jazeera – is home for several ancient civilizations and therefore rich in antiquities and artifacts.

The Islamic State, which at one stage controlled most of the area, has made a fortune from illegally selling antiquities in black markets.

Zen Adra | AMN
Advertisements
Share this article:
  • 708
  •  
  • 1
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    709
    Shares
ALSO READ  Syrian air defenses confront hostile missiles in eastern Syria

Notice: All comments represent the view of the commenter and not necessarily the views of AMN.

All comments that are not spam or wholly inappropriate are approved, we do not sort out opinions or points of view that are different from ours.

This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion

Please treat this discussion with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.

These are not hard and fast rules, merely guidelines to aid the human judgment of our community and keep this a clean and well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling
  • Ad hominem attacks
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content
  • Knee-jerk contradiction

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.

11 Comments
Most Voted
Newest Oldest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
n.md.148
n.md.148
2018-09-03 16:01

both zio terrosists and vile masters have no shame – war criminals and total losers

Diego Prendergast
Master
Commenter
Upvoted
Diego Prendergast
2018-09-03 17:01

This direct theft is a continuation of what ISIS was doing.

Napoleon
Napoleon
2018-09-04 01:23

Now ISIS’s creators dont bother to hide behind ISIS, they just dig in themselves. This is the FIRST place Russia should drop a nuke.

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2018-09-04 04:25

Nope. They’re here to restore. Real archaeologists have been sent.
Note that as for Palmyra, Raqqa’s museum staff hid everything they could.
Remember that SDF are locals, thus they’re attached to their own historical heritage!
Not everybody has a twisted mind like yours, hopefully!

laguerre
Regular
Commenter
laguerre
2018-09-04 09:20
Reply to  Daeshbags-Sux

SDF are not locals – they’re Kurds for the most part. The photos don’t represent restoration, but mechanical excavation of some sort, which is either military excavation or plunder.

Jeff
Jeff
2018-09-03 18:34

Remember the US military stole everything they could in Iraq as well.

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2018-09-04 04:10
Reply to  Jeff

And many of the stuff was found back and perpetrators jailed, but you forget to mention this…

felipe
felipe
2018-09-03 19:49

And the thiefs came with heavy tools.

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2018-09-04 04:21
Reply to  felipe

Simply academic archaeologists, the same ones who are working at restoring what ISIS damaged in Raqqa.
Unfortunately, ISIS “exported” a lot to Turkey or Iran, thus, there are archaeologist teams helping Interpol at catching thieves and part of the loot ends found back : such antiques are very specific.
It will become harder in the future for such pitiful thieves : now there is an invisible solution allowing unique marking of antiques, so it will becom very hard not getting caught at selling such stuff.

laguerre
Regular
Commenter
laguerre
2018-09-04 09:22
Reply to  Daeshbags-Sux

That’s not what’s in the photos show – they show plunder, or some kind of excavation of a military position.

felipe
felipe
2018-09-04 18:32
Reply to  Daeshbags-Sux

1) The report is about archeological excavations 2) Have you been there? 3) Did you ever read about the proccedure and methodology of archeological excavations?

Muriel
Muriel
2018-09-03 22:26

One can hope that they discover a grave complete with curses attached!

GATU
GATU
2018-09-04 01:25
Reply to  Muriel

What a farce that the Muslims enlisted to fight for the Infidel. They became the kufur themselves.

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2018-09-04 03:44
Reply to  Muriel

Are there still idiots believing in such stupidities in XXIst century?
Well, there are even still morons believing the Earth is flat, that there are djinns, ghosts or some “god”

HJ88
HJ88
2018-09-04 11:16
Reply to  Daeshbags-Sux

d**n, Daeshbags, you’re really autistic, aren’t you?

Gustavo
Regular
Upvoted
Gustavo
2018-09-03 16:35

With the permission of who ? They are just international looters , and must be stop them.

Seema gillani
Newbie
Seema gillani
2018-09-03 19:37

It is more likely that they are laying a pipe line for Saudis

Joe
Regular
Upvoted
Commenter
Joe
2018-09-03 19:44

Notice the he only goes where the resources are? So if you believe the U.S. Is concerned about the Syrian people, I have 1000 acres of land on the mars for sale.

Rix
Rix
2018-09-03 20:26

This is the real reason the US went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan… In search of ancient artifacts related to ancient civilizations.

The Nazis scoured the world looking for artifacts of power and after “operation paperclip” at the end of WW2 the Nazis joined forces with the US and the hunt for these relics continues now in Syria.

ziad
Regular
Commenter
Upvoted
ziad
2018-09-04 11:11

tomb raiders