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Unbelievable! ISIS Making More Than $3 Million A Day From Oil Smuggling, Theft And Prostitution

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Analysts also say that the group gets revenue from extortion payments, ransom from kidnapped hostages, and outright theft of all manner of materials from the towns the Islamic State group has seized.

U.S. intelligence officials and private experts reveal that Islamic state militants (ISIS) who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have now become powerful financially, racking in more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion.

According to a U.S. intelligence official, the extremist group’s resources exceed that “of any other terrorist group in history.”

Reports from analysts also says that ISIS has taken over large sections of Syria and Iraq, and controls as many as 11 oil fields in both countries.

“It is selling oil and other goods through generations-old smuggling networks under the noses of some of the same governments it is fighting: Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq, Turkey and Jordan.”

“There’s a lot of money to be made,” said Denise Natali, who worked in Kurdistan as an American aid official and is now a senior research fellow at National Defense University.

“The Kurds say they have made an attempt to close it down, but you pay off a border guard, you pay off somebody else and you get stuff through.”

A visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Doha Center in Qatar, Luay al-Khatteeb, said: “The price ISIS fetches for its smuggled oil is discounted — $25 to $60 for a barrel of oil that normally sells for more than $100 — but its total profits from oil are exceeding $3 million a day.

The group also has earned hundreds of millions of dollars from smuggling antiquities out of Iraq to be sold in Turkey, Khatteeb said, and millions more from human trafficking by selling women and children as sex slaves.”

 Analysts also say that the group gets revenue from extortion payments, ransom from kidnapped hostages, and outright theft of all manner of materials from the towns the Islamic State group has seized.

“Its cash-raising activities resemble those of a Mafia-like organization,” a second U.S. intelligence official said, reflecting the assessment of his agency. “They are well-organized, systematic and (their actions are) enforced through intimidation and violence.”

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