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    ISIL has tried to sell off some priceless ancient artifacts plundered from Syria on Facebook, Iranian media reported on Saturday

    In this image made from video posted on a social media account affiliated with the Islamic State group on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, militants take sledgehammers to an ancient artifact in the Ninevah Museum in Mosul, Iraq.
    © AP Photo / Via militant social media account
    The militant group offered a number of ancient coins, clay tablets, golden statues, and Hebrew and Aramaic manuscripts on the social media network, Press TV reported.

    All the invaluable items are believed to have been looted by ISIL militants from Syrian archeological sites.

    After receiving reports about the illegal trade, Facebook removed the pages presenting the stolen items.

    Reports also said that ISIL plans to sell the plundered items through middlemen on social media because museums and auction houses all over the world have been warned against any such trade.

    The terrorist group has so far managed to secure $100 million via selling the stolen archeological items, the reports added.

    ISIL terrorists have so far destroyed artifacts at a number of historical sites in Iraq and Syria, including Iraq’s northern ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud and the Ninawa museum in Mosul.

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