Michael D. Danti, Cheikhmous Ali, Tate Paulette, Kathryn Franklin, Allison Cuneo, LeeAnn Barnes Gordon, and David Elitzer
Key points from this report:
- The U.S. House 114th Congress (2015–2016) passed/agreed to by voice vote H.R. 1493 Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act.
- The U.S. Department of State and UNESCO held a Stakeholders Roundtable entitled Despoiled and Destroyed: Ancient Civilizations of Iraq and Syria in Paris at UNESCO Headquarters.
- The International Council of Museums (ICOM) announced the re-launch of the Emergency Red List of Iraqi Cultural Objects at Risk 2015 Update at the Louvre.
- Reports surfaced of ISIL intentional destructions at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ashur (Qal’at Sherqat) in Iraq. (pp. 65–66)
- ISIL captured the Syrian city of Tadmor and the immediately adjacent UNESCO World Heritage Site of Palmyra, jeopardizing the safety and welfare of thousands of Syrians and placing an alarming number of cultural assets at high risk of destruction and looting. (pp. 18–37)
- Reports on severe combat damage continued to emerge for the main theaters of military action in Syria and Iraq. (pp. 39–63, 64–66)
* This report is based on research conducted by the “Syria Preservation Initiative: Planning for Safeguarding Heritage Sites in Syria." Weekly reports reflect reporting from a variety of sources and may contain unverified material. As such, they should be treated as preliminary and subject to change.
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