ISIS struggling to pay its terrorist ranks

Documents obtained and translated by a fellow at the Middle East Forum reportedly show the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has dramatically reduced compensation for its terrorist soldiers.

Cut by 50 percent, the conditions revolving around the reduction in wages has been described as “exceptional circumstances.”

“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,” read the translated document.

Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, a research fellow at the Philadelphia-based think tank, Middle East Forum, who analyzes the Islamic State, authenticated the document.

Al-Tamimi allegedly has contacts inside ISIS-held al-Raqqa, Syria, which provided him with the ISIS document.

ISIS terrorists earn between $400 and $1,200 monthly; a stipend of $50 per month is allocated for a spouse of a terrorist and an additional $25 per child is included in overall pay for each terrorist.

Although “exceptional circumstances” remains vague, the Pentagon was quick to claim credit for ISIS’ shattered finances:

“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 [it] is feeling the strain on … [the] checkbook,” said General Lloyd Austin, commander of United States Central Command (CENTCOM).

A Pentagon video released on January 11 capturing an airstrike conducted during Operation Tidal Wave II, the aerial bombardment of ISIS targets in both Iraq and Syria, purports to show a direct hit on an ISIS cash store in Mosul, Iraq.

Even though this could be a brilliant propaganda ploy, it would be entertaining if an advocacy group demanding a minimum-wage increase for ISIS’ terrorists emerged.

 

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