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Militants "IG" went on a financial diet

The militants of "IG" had monetary problems. Bearded bookkeeping comes to a standstill. The leadership of the grouping goes to unpopular measures: it reduces wages to the soldiers of Allah. Territories that bearded earlier declared their own, float away from their hands. According to Western experts, the “caliphate” has already lost a third of the conquered lands. The Islamists are losing incomes in the form of taxes that they imposed on the occupied villages - now liberators-Kurds have come there.

В Washington Post An article by Hugh Neilor was published, telling about the times of crisis for the militants of the Islamic State.

According to many estimates, the Islamic State is the richest terrorist organization in the world, reminds the journalist. At the same time, it seems that the IG had major monetary problems that could undermine the ability of the “caliphate” to wage war and dictate the will of millions of people in the occupied lands.

According to analysts, the military forces in Iraq and Syria, supported by the United States, conquered a significant part of the territory from the group, thereby depriving the militants of "traditional sources of income." Cities and villages that were previously captured by the “Islamic State” and in which the terrorists collected taxes were recaptured by Arab and Kurdish soldiers. And "war trophies", including oil fields, as well as captives, for which you can get a ransom, are a thing of the past.

Quinn Mecham, an associate professor of political science at Brigham Young University, said that over the past two years, Islamists have received "most of their income" through conquest, confiscation, extortion, and "one-time actions". All this the analyst does not consider a sustainable system for financing. In addition, the warriors of Allah are now losing captured territories.

Information about the finances of the “Islamic State” is very “foggy,” the journalist writes. Yet it is clear that various “items of income”, including extortion and smuggling of antiquities, helped the terrorists to live for more than a year even with air strikes of the American coalition.

A senior State Department official recently said that militants receive from 1 million to 1,5 million dollars per day only from the sale of petroleum products. True, the coalition bombing their infrastructure and cargo delivery routes caused damage to this business - and there are undoubted financial losses.

Another source of cash flow is the “complex bureaucracy” of the “IG”. The militants of the “state” use threats of violence, including corporal punishment and beheading. The brutal "Islamic State" imposes taxes and fines from about 6 to 9 to millions of people in the areas of Iraq and Syria who live according to its "laws".

According to the Arab media in January 2015, the group had a “budget” in 2 billion dollars. This is probably an exaggeration. And yet, the militants "saved up enough money" to create a "budget surplus," says Benjamin Bani, an analyst at the Rand Trust.

But here are the big cons. The “Islamic State” lost a third of the territory it previously controlled in Iraq, including the city of Tikrit and the refinery in Baiji. Iraqi military and pro-government militias repulsed these areas with air strikes of a US-led coalition. In Syria, the support of the coalition from the air helped the alliance of Kurdish and Arab forces: they conquered state key areas from IG near the self-proclaimed capital of the group, Raqqi.

William McKents, an expert at the Brookings Institution, believes that IG is losing control of cities, and the economy of the group is “suffering from the war” because “tax revenues are declining.”

Analysts say that the loss of territories may have forced the group to turn to terrorism abroad (this includes attacks in Paris, where 130 people died). These attacks are "a way to apply new pressure on enemies." In addition, IG reallocates resources to strengthen its “branches” in other regions of the world, including Libya.

There are signs that the group is “tightening budget spending.” The militants' salaries were reduced from about $ 400 per month to $ 300, notes Columb Strak, a specialist in the Middle East. Terrorists invent new taxes: on events, on products, on mobile phones.

Colin P. Clark, an analyst at Rand, says that with the rise of coalition air strikes, the group will have to “tighten their belts.”

The publication reminds that British military aircraft bombed targets in Syria. Strikes are also made on oil fields.

Russia, which is not coordinating its operations with the coalition, has also strengthened its operations in key oil-producing areas of the Islamic State in eastern Syria.

The rather modest mention of Russia in the American article probably has reasons, we add. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation believes that some of the statements of Washington suggest the idea of ​​"direct patronage" of US oil traffickers.

The Russian Defense Ministry is surprised at the statements that the United States does not see how smuggled oil comes from terrorists to Turkey, and believes that this looks like direct patronage. This was stated by the representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, Major General Igor Konashenkov, transmits TASS.

A State Department spokesman earlier told reporters, the agency notes that the photos of the Russian Defense Ministry, which show hundreds of trucks with oil from the Islamic State, are genuine. However, he immediately said that he “did not see images of border crossings with tank trucks that cross the border”.

“Finally, our colleagues from the State Department and the Pentagon confirmed that the photographs we presented at the briefing — where and from where the oil of thieves flows from areas controlled by international terrorism — are genuine. However, their statements that they do not see border crossings with tank trucks that cross the border cause a smile, if only because the photo is a static image, ”said Konashenkov.

According to him, in addition to satellite photographs, the Ministry of Defense of Russia presented video evidence: trucks without stopping pass checkpoints on the Turkish border.

A spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry gave the following comment about this: “When US officials say they don’t see how the smuggled oil of terrorists is delivered to Turkey, this is no longer deceit, it smacks of direct patronage.”

“Now it’s clear where the bandits have such money for buying weapons, recruiting new supporters, carrying out bloody attacks and why the territory controlled by ISIL has increased hundreds of times during this time,” said Konashenkov.

It is not surprising, we add in conclusion that the American press has a kind of “patronage” of the IS militants, at least in the person of the Washington Post newspaper (one of the largest in the foremost democracy in the world). Hugh Neilor’s article on Russia’s actions in Syria is given only a miserable paragraph, while the successes of the American coalition and its effective support for local fighters are extolled to the skies by some 4 / 5 material. This is despite the fact that the real achievements of Americans in the air, including the bombing of trucks with oil, are much more modest.

If we recall that the so-called independent press in the United States is funded by the State Department, then everything falls into place. In the end, Obama last Sunday promised to destroy the "IG". And now in the democratic press went triumphant reports.

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  1. Junior, I
    Junior, I 9 December 2015 06: 23
    “Finally, our colleagues from the State Department and the Pentagon confirmed that the photo evidence presented by us at the briefing - where and from where the thieves' oil flows from areas controlled by international terrorism - are genuine. However, their statements that they do not see border crossings with tankers that cross the border cause a smile, if only because the photo is a static image, ”Konashenkov said

    It is necessary to pull the logs out of their eyes, or let them not interfere.
    1. Sensatus
      Sensatus 9 December 2015 07: 49
      Quote: Younger, I
      It is necessary to pull the logs out of their eyes, or let them not interfere.

      There are so many logs that the eye is gone. Therefore, we must not look at their logs, but do everything ourselves, relying on our own strength.
      And if we are strong, then suddenly we will find that everyone wanted to be friends with us, to consult, began to do "Ku" (remember Kin-dza-dzu?).
    2. Stas57
      Stas57 9 December 2015 12: 01
      Syrian army takes control of the city of Homs
      Syrian rebels began to leave the city of Homs. According to the Air Force, the government army almost completely captured the village.
      cheers comrades!
  2. Griboedoff
    Griboedoff 9 December 2015 06: 27
    Who would have doubted that the Western media would claim that the victory over ISIS was the merit of the United States and its coalition, and the Russian aviation was engaged only in bombing the moderate opposition. The information war continues. As for ISIS ... Closing funding is much more important than directly destroying the militants (which is also very necessary). For as long as there is money, there will be new "meat". There will be no money - and the old "meat" will scatter.
    1. Cap.Morgan
      Cap.Morgan 9 December 2015 08: 30
      As the saying goes, money is not happiness.
      They will fight for an idea or for very little money.
      In those areas now there is no work and wild overpopulation. There is no fertile land, no water ...
      1. jjj
        jjj 9 December 2015 15: 26
        Quote: Griboedoff
        Yes, someone would doubt that the Western media would argue that the victory over ISIS is the merit of the United States and its coalition, and Russian aviation was only concerned with bombing the moderate opposition. The information war continues.

        Moreover, they write that Russia destroyed civilians and unleashed this war in the Middle East
        1. varov14
          varov14 9 December 2015 22: 02
          Yes, God bless them, let them write, there is nothing to throw beads in front of ..... Our submarine launched missiles - they showed how it was, where they got and forgot. No, they are beginning to compare those characteristics of our missiles with the averse ones, why? It's like undressing a woman - the zest immediately disappears, let them speculate where she will fly next time and with what warheads. Or they found a "box" and, well, invite "partners", as if they want to justify themselves, ame.ry do not do that, you cannot sit on two chairs, although on a global scale it may be possible.
  3. SSR
    SSR 9 December 2015 06: 32
    Mla ... Ishil destroys Russia and "wins" the United States and England with its pitiful real and loud informational blow.
    1. CTEPX
      CTEPX 9 December 2015 12: 28
      Quote: SSR
      and "wins" the United States and England

      The Anglo-Saxons will win only if they write off the aggregate debt according to the "results" of the world war. While they, so, write out bonuses for themselves)).
  4. strelets
    strelets 9 December 2015 06: 36
    Hmm, if it were not for the Americans, covering up all kinds of gangsters, they would have dealt with them long ago.
  5. Mitrich76
    Mitrich76 9 December 2015 06: 42
    There is nothing surprising in the US reaction. While it was necessary for them, ISIS did what it wanted, who directed amerovskie planes to excavators instead of fuel trucks, it’s not even interesting to know, no columns of fuel trucks "did not exist at all." Now at least they have been considered, and then progress ...
    Now Russia is really fighting terrorists. What should the State Department declare, despite the fact that our aerospace forces are successfully working not in the desert, but for real goals? - "and we plowed", they are also "winners".
    In general, they see and distinguish only what they want or what has become impossible not to see. And, of course, "Make an invaluable striped contribution" to any positive results. As always.
    1. 1976AG
      1976AG 9 December 2015 13: 46
      But as soon as Obama promised to put an end to ISIS, victorious reports immediately began! But if Obama had promised this a year and a half ago, they would have won long ago! Some kind of magician !!! And what did not promise earlier? Did not want?
  6. Military Builder
    Military Builder 9 December 2015 06: 48
    here is the global financial crisis and got to ISIS, or rather flew on the wings of the Russian Air Force
  7. Jarilo
    Jarilo 9 December 2015 06: 53
    For America, war is a business, dirty, but still a business, as in Afghanistan.
  8. as150505
    as150505 9 December 2015 07: 01
    Anglo-Saxons, as always, in their repertoire. They wait until the last, and then announce that they won. As in 1945, and now nothing has changed. Only financial gain and all
    1. Cap.Morgan
      Cap.Morgan 9 December 2015 08: 33
      Well, in the 45th they at least fought with Japan.
      Now I don't understand who they are fighting with. It looks like there is a primitive cut of the budget. They write off fuel, food, financial aid to the "moderate opposition" ...
      1. ROMANO
        ROMANO 9 December 2015 13: 56
        Much will become clearer if you ask the question a little differently: not WHOM, but WHAT do the Anglo-Saxons fight for?
        In all ages and at all times, they ultimately fought for the wealth of others.
        Specifically, right now, they are trying to sit on three chairs at once: to dump Assad and to squeeze terrorists, and to isolate Russia as much as possible. ISIS is in this big game, only a means to achieve someone's selfish interests.
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  9. parusnik
    parusnik 9 December 2015 07: 22
    Militants "IG" went on a financial diet... They could die of hunger ... if there were no funding from different powers .. and apparently they are not going to block it ...
  10. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 9 December 2015 07: 57
    lowers salaries of allah's warriors

    Perfectly. For many, for free to fight, the desire will disappear. No wonder the clashes between themselves and their executions began.
    effective support of local fighters extolled to heaven by about 4/5 of the material

    Oleg, it seems to me that this circumstance will eventually play a cruel joke on these media. I am sure that the time will come when the American man in the street will ask a specific question to his media - what and why did you "feed" us all this time.
  11. Russia
    Russia 9 December 2015 08: 07
    The militants of "IG" have money problems. Bearded bookkeeping comes to a standstill.

    Now, thanks to our videoconferencing, the "bearded men" have a new item of "income" in the common fund - the surrender to ferrous metal what remains from their auto-filling stations.
  12. beer-youk
    beer-youk 9 December 2015 08: 16
    In terms of PR, the Chtatovsky mass media have no equal.
  13. Al_oriso
    Al_oriso 9 December 2015 08: 21
    There are signs that the group is "tightening budget spending." Militant salaries were reduced from about $ 400 a month to $ 300, says Columbus Strack, a Middle East specialist.

    This Columbus Strak, as I understand it, conducts financial accounting with them and, possibly, gets his salary there.
  14. PatriotKZ
    PatriotKZ 9 December 2015 08: 31
    Everything was initially clear that the West was covering IS, it was beneficial for them, but only ordinary people of the West do not know about it.
  15. Dimas Tugarin
    Dimas Tugarin 9 December 2015 08: 37
    The crisis, his mother, and the bearded barmaleev reached out not without the help of the VKS. Consumable optimization however. Therefore, all the barmaleevs need to be used up.
  16. Belousov
    Belousov 9 December 2015 08: 45
    Well, just bad and unfortunate bearded men! Well, they need to send them humanitarian aid, otherwise, after the decrease in income, they began to feel stress, they need to send a thousand psychoanalysts there to morally support "their children."
    The main thing is that staff members and others do not cling to sharing the cake after the victory. They do it expertly, and we, I'm afraid, will again miss it ...
  17. Mantykora
    Mantykora 9 December 2015 09: 22
    How, Americans took a third of the territory from the IG? What are you saying? The left hand does not know what the right is doing. Taken away in Iraq - given in Afghanistan and Libya ...

    Information about the finances of the Islamic State is very “foggy”

    But with information about the accounts of their own citizens, foreign companies, banks and individuals, there is no "fog". And then the rulers of the financial world cannot cover up the financing of terrorism ... Wow ... But at the same time, they know that IS has financial problems. Where from? And this "financial crisis" has nothing to do with the Russian Aerospace Forces. Just a coincidence. Yeah, we believe ...

    The main thing is not to let the US stick to the victory over the IG. And more importantly, to get financial benefits from it.
  18. Petrik66
    Petrik66 9 December 2015 09: 23
    Oil revenues account for about 15-20% of all Basurman revenues. 2 yards a year is a lot, but for Qatar, with its 100 yards of "extra money", it's a penny. will give as much as necessary. Qatar and the Saudis are using all these alqaida igils as very effective weapons to advance their interests in the world. By buying American and European officials, Qataris are de facto providing immunity to the "wars of jihad". Well, they will kill one hundred - another, so they will collect another thousand. as long as the Arabs feel their inferiority, as long as they are "losers" of the modern world, there is no question of collecting the next portions of cannon fodder. The main problem of the operation is the weakness of the Syrian army, which is not able to close the border with the Turks, take Alepo, Idlib and even clean out Damascus. Aviation alone is not enough. An army operation is needed, and no one wants to send their soldiers. And we are unlikely to understand the entry of troops after a couple of stories with the executions of our soldiers. They will dress a couple of unfortunate people in our uniform and their heads off, under the camera, but with explanations. Who will understand there and listen to the babble of the special services that this is a production, etc. You need to hit Qatar, and there is a base, so you can't hit, then the war is just beginning.
  19. The black
    The black 9 December 2015 10: 04
    I hope our videoconferencing will help the leaders of ISIS to reduce the payroll for barmaley laughing
  20. Doctorleg
    Doctorleg 9 December 2015 10: 43
    Many comments that the US does not fight ISIS. However, in Iraq, under their cover, a third of the territory controlled by ISIS was recaptured. In Syria, with all reports of the destruction of headquarters, camps, etc. there is no such progress. What is the matter?
    1. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 9 December 2015 10: 58
      Because the main dangerous opponents of Assad are not ISIS, but others
      groupings: Nusra (Al Qaeda), Free Syrian Army,
      Islamic front and others. Against them - 90% of Syrian efforts
      Army and Russian aviation.
    2. shonsu
      shonsu 9 December 2015 13: 53
      there is a map of military operations: open and see how the United States is "fighting" with ISIS. I have not seen any progress from the USA for at least 2.5 months. about what territories we are talking about conquered I don’t know.
    3. shonsu
      shonsu 9 December 2015 13: 53
      there is a map of military operations: open and see how the United States is "fighting" with ISIS. I have not seen any progress from the USA for at least 2.5 months. about what territories we are talking about conquered I don’t know.
    4. Bayun
      Bayun 9 December 2015 21: 53
      Territories in a hybrid war - a convention. A call from Washington, skidding dough, and now such and such a% of the territory said that he was not a villain. Money is over - villain again.
  21. The Chat
    The Chat 9 December 2015 11: 09
    "According to analysts, the military forces in Iraq and Syria, supported by the United States, have recaptured a significant part of the group's territory ..."

    Already in Syria and Iraq, the main thing is the USA ???
    And for me, so long as Russia did not intervene, the Basmachi very freely walked around where they wanted and seized as the forces of the territory, all the more so as it suited the United States, which supported both of them, to fight to the last Arab, to free resources for overseas benefactors .....
    1. kotvov
      kotvov 9 December 2015 18: 23
      so that they fought until the last Arab to free resources for overseas benefactors ..... ,,
      I don’t think it was so. The task was to overthrow Assad. Something was not visible of success, this coalition, until the Russian Aerospace Forces began to work. At the same time, the Turks had already thrown in agreements with IG. The cameras needed chaos. When it is built structure overwhelming chaos, Americans feel unsure.
  22. antiexpert
    antiexpert 9 December 2015 11: 13
    by the way, the igilys spent their money, coins of pure gold minting, and now among collectors a battle broke out for these coins, which will soon become a numismatic rarity)))
  23. plaha
    plaha 9 December 2015 13: 27
    According to analysts, the military forces in Iraq and Syria, supported by the United States, recaptured a significant part of the territory from the group, thereby depriving the militants of "traditional sources of income."
    Oh, these analysts ate, now the Americans are appropriating all their laurels.
  24. shonsu
    shonsu 9 December 2015 13: 47
    Since October 1, I have been following the changes in the alignment of forces on the map of Syria and Iraq. and for almost 2 and a half months in Iraq they have been unable to clear out the city of ar-ramadi. territorial changes are also not noticeable, what successes of the western coalition are their media talking about? unclear. from Syria and government troops there are notable shifts. not as many as we would like, but still it’s not difficult to find them even on a common map. yesterday, for example, the territory where the su-24 crashed was freed. Kurds also have successes. though in Iraq they almost fought for the right to fly their flag over the conquered city of Sinjar.
  25. Balagan
    Balagan 9 December 2015 14: 38
    As usual, mattress covers will stick for 5 kopecks, and tasteless will flavor 50 rubles.
    1. padded jacket
      padded jacket 9 December 2015 17: 44
      But let us recall how long the US-led coalition "fought" against terrorists - a year. And it was at this time that the territory controlled by the bandits in Syria and Iraq expanded several times; the supplies of stolen oil to Turkey, Israel and the countries of Europe were organized, and only our Aerospace Forces stopped, or in any case strongly restrained all this.
      Hence the conclusion to believe neither the United States nor those associated with them - it is impossible in any case.
  26. Bgerl
    Bgerl 9 December 2015 21: 09
    Americos lovers pattern. They themselves created (had a hand) a tool, then they used it, they made a profit. And then they started to break the tool - it’s time to make the main winner of evil of oneself loved ones. The parallels with the late Adolph beg. Now it’s Hollywood's business - B. Pitt has already liberated Europe and taken Berlin, now let Zhinka liberate the Middle East and defeat world terrorism.
  27. tehnokrat
    tehnokrat 9 December 2015 22: 02
    Put Daesh on a diet - that's good.
    Let them sit a bit, and then everyone - at stake !!
    And with these stakes to fence off Turkey!
    And in which case, DAIShevtsev isn’t enough - to dilute with Turkoman,
    and if they aren’t enough, Erdogan and his family.