Skip to comments.How ISIS War Chest May Be $2B and Growing
Posted on 06/16/2014 6:13:08 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
The jihadist terror group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham has become a powerful military force, wreaking havoc throughout Iraq. But ISIS is more powerful than just its estimated 10,000 fighters and ever-expanding weapons cache: It is also believed to control $2 billion in total assets.
The Guardian reports that the group, whose actions in Iraq could derail the world economy, began its sizable cash reserves with the acquisition of oilfields in eastern Syria. From there, ISIS grew its treasury by smuggling antiquities and resources out of the embattled state. The Guardian said the details were discovered from a trove of flash drives acquired by Iraqi officials less than two days before ISIS conquered MosulIraq's second largest city.
Despite the vast riches detailed on the drives, the group's real windfall came after it took Mosul. After seizing its banks, weapons, and resources, ISIS's total assets reached a staggering sum....
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They have got to be confident in Iraq, because from what I’m seeing, they’re moving a lot of the heavy armor they stole back into Syria.
I can imagine that they are receiving funds from all over the Middle East.
What’s the price of a Russian Nuke these days?
Probably $50-100 million.
...going just planned by Clown Prince nobama & the saudi’s.
I wonder how much and what US weaponry that was in Libya is now in ISIS hands. If so, it probably went from Libya to Syria to Iraq.
We have done a poor job safeguarding our stuff.
Lessay Obama is a TOTAL ANGEL, but you were Prez and desired to wreck America and banish it’s international influence forever:
WHAT WOULD YOU DO DIFFERENT FROM OBAMA...?
Uh, bergdahls back pay contribution?
The US, NATO, and Saudi Arabia have been arming and financing Al Qaeda and ISIS for three years to overthrow the secular government of Syria. Despite this the Syrian Army has been kicking their butts.
Uncle Scam couldn't openly give tanks or other heavy weapons to AL Qaeda in Syria no matter how much John McCain wanted to. The backlash in the military and the public would be huge.
So they arranged this bloody and deadly excursion into Iraq, helped by the complete stand down of the Iraqi Army and the non response by the US, NATO and the UN, to get those weapons into the hands of Al Qaeda so they can take out Assad.
And what was our intelligence doing while all this was happening? Playing golf with the empty suit in chief?
Here’s where the NSA can earn their keep.
Let’s find the funds and steal them.
These events will also likely topple the government in Bagdad which may have been something else the Sunni oligarchy - Neocon axis wanted.
> began its sizable cash reserves with the acquisition of oilfields in eastern Syria. From there, ISIS grew its treasury by smuggling antiquities and resources out of the embattled state. The Guardian said the details were discovered from a trove of flash drives acquired by Iraqi officials less than two days before ISIS conquered Mosul...
IOW, the corrupt and bigoted incompetents of the Maliki regime managed to gather intel — riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. Iranian agitprop ping.