COL. MATTHEW BOGDANOS: Artifact rescuer says world must protect antiquities. US Marine Corps colonel says Mideast archaeological sites must be defended from extremists like the Islamic State (Daniel Estrin, AP).
Background here and here and links.
Col. Bogdanos is well known for his earlier work regarding Iraqi antiquities after the Iraq War (see here and here - the links have rotted but there are excerpts). He has also written more recently about the new situation with ISIS (see here).