ISIS Halves Salaries for Fighters
Tue, January 19, 2016
Islamic State fighters (Photo: ISIS media)
The Islamic State has reportedly halved the salaries for its fighters according to leaked documents.
A document seemingly released by the Islamic State "Bayt Mal al-Muslimeen" (the treasury) giving the order was translated 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,” it reads, “and it is not allowed for anyone to be exempted from this decision, whatever his position.”
The US has recently been stepping up attacks on the Islamic State’s economic infrastructure under “Operation Tidal Wave II.”
In mid-January, the U.S. bombed a cash depository in Mosul, in Islamic State held Iraq, destroying “millions” in hard currency.
For more information about the Islamic State and its attempts at state-building, see Clarion Project’s Special Report: The Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL)