IS halves fighters’ salaries as attacks continue on revenue sources
Islamic State (IS) troopers could be facing a 50% cut in salaries as the US-led coalition continues to target the militant state’s revenue pools including oil fields, supply lines and cast stores.world Updated: Jan 19, 2016 11:41 IST
Islamic State (IS) troopers are facing a 50% cut in salaries as the US-led coalition continues to target the militant state’s revenue pools including oil fields, supply lines and cast stores.
According to a report by the Independent, a document released by the IS’ treasury in its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa cites “exceptional circumstances” as the reason.
The US-led attack that has been ongoing since October as a part of Operation Tidal Wave II appears to be having its desired effect as the document from the “Bayt Mal al-Muslimeen” cites the Koran to discuss “jihad of wealth and jihad of the soul”, according to a translation by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, a research fellow at the Middle East Forum.
“So on account of the exceptional circumstances the Islamic State is facing, it has been decided to reduce the salaries that are paid to all mujahideen by half, and it is not allowed for anyone to be exempted from this decision, whatever his position,” the order reads, according to the Independent.
“Let it be known that work will continue to distribute provisions twice every month as usual.”
These reports, however, could not be independently verified by HT.
American officials, who refer to the IS as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), in November claimed their operations were significantly damaging the group’s funds and vowed to “step up the attack”.
US planes apparently hit a cash distribution centre on January 11, with footage showing clouds of money at the point of impact.
British jets targeted IS’ Omar oilfield when their operations extended into Syria in December, with follow up attacks on the subsequent repairs.
General Lloyd Austin, head of the US Central Command, told CNN it deprived the group of “millions of dollars”.
“Combined with all of the other strikes that we’ve done on Isil’s gas and oil production and distribution capabilities and strikes against his economic infrastructure and the various sources of revenue, you can bet that Isis is feeling the strain on his checkbook,” he added.
“Isil needs those funds to pay their fighters, to recruit new fighters and to conduct their various maligned activities.”
Monitoring groups said 40 civilians were killed including eight children -- pointing to either the coalition attack or Russia. The US however admitted to killing at least eight civilians in air strikes in Syria and Iraq in 2015.