(News.com.au) The British Government is helping bankroll a team of "rescue archaeologists" to lead efforts to save priceless artefacts in Iraq, Syria and Libya.
Culture Secretary John Whittingdale will host a summit on the issue later this year and is setting up a cultural protection fund to underpin the action.
After pressure from the British Museum among others, the UK is signing up to The Hague convention on the protection of cultural property in armed conflict.
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IS has deliberately demolished ancient mosques and destroyed treasures dating back to ancient Persia and Graeco-Roman times on the grounds that they "promote idolatry".