The regime, rebels and YPG are also looting Syria's archaeological sites
Satellite imagery shows all fighting factions in Syria are to blame for looting across the country. (AFP/File)
We've heard plenty of news about Daesh's looting from Syrian archaeological sites, causing international concern over preserving the country's cultural heritage. But satellite imagery shows Syria's other fighting factions are just as culpable.
Provided by the American Schools of Oriental Research, photos showed areas in Syria that have been severely looted. Culpable groups include the regime, Free Syrian Army and Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG).
Here are two back-to-back graphs, showing where groups are in control in Syria and the areas that have had severe looting:
Published in Septembeer, the NASA-funded report analyzed satellite imagery that showed archaeological sites extensively damaged by looting. It followed reports of Daesh selling artifacts to black markets in Europe and the US.
You can download the full report here.
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