The staggering successes of ISLAMIC STATE Of IRAQ And SYRIA (ISIS) come at a cost!!!
After all, it’s not cheap to wage war and manage territorial conquests whose population is now roughly the size of Austria’s.
So how can ISIS, cut off from the rest of the world by financial and trade sanctions, and under daily aerial and land bombardment by some of the richest countries in the world, afford to maintain a well-armed military and pay other bills?
Interviews with Iraqi, Kurdish, European, Syrian and American government officials, analysts and intelligence agents sketch a portrait of ISIS’s robust, sprawling, and efficient financial operation. The terrorist group relies on a relatively complex system to manage its far-reaching networks.
Its currencies of choice—cash, crude oil and contraband—allow it to operate outside of legitimate banking channels.
This week, NEWSWEEK Journalists JANINE Di GIOVANNI, LEAH McGRATH GOODMAN, and DAMIEN SHARKOV attempt to find answers to the question, "HOW Does ISIS FUND Its REIGN Of TERROR?"