Image A screenshot of busts purportedly taken from the ancient city of Palmyra on sale on Facebook. Around the same time, as Islamic State fighters scattered in the face of territorial losses, they took their new expertise in looting back to their countries, including Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, and to other parts of Syria, like Idlib Province, he added.
Al-Azm and his colleagues last week, Facebook said that it had removed 49 groups connected to antiquities trafficking. They often post items or inquiries in the group, then take the discussion into chat or WhatsApp messaging, making it difficult to track. In his first Christmas MessageKing George V characterised the service as intended for "men and women, so cut off by the snow, the desert, or the sea, that only voices out of the air can reach them".
Funding for these services - known administratively as the External Services of the BBC - came not from the domestic licence-fee but from government grant-in-aid from the Foreign Office budget.
Al-Azm said, social media lowered the barriers to entry to the marketplace.
The World Service aims to be "the world's best-known and most-respected voice in international broadcasting, thereby bringing benefit to the UK, the BBC, and to audiences around the world",  while retaining a "balanced British view" of international developments. It is located in the newer parts of the building, which contains radio and television studios for use by the various language services.