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Saturday, September 10

Islamic State fundraising to continue operations

Source: ISIL Sends Envoys to 5 Countries to Collect Cash
September 10, 2016
FARS

TEHRAN (FNA)- Counterterrorism experts disclosed that the ISIL has sent its representatives to five countries to collect financial aid to help the terrorist group continue its operation.

"The ISIL's envoys are now in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Algeria to collect cash in order to help the terrorist group to keep on with its terrorist activities," Terrorist Groups Expert Omar Badreddin said.

He noted that the ISIL is in a very bad financial shape as the terrorist group has to pay salaries of its militants, and buy weapons and ammunition in order to fight the government forces in Syria.

"The ISIL commanders in Syria have come to know that their financial resources are quickly coming to an end and the relentless attacks by the Syrian army and Russian air force as well as the Turkish army's attacks on their military positions will soon result in cutting all their logistical and supply routes," Badreddin added.

He reiterated that the ISIL has announced that it will execute those militants who flee the battlefields and this has resulted in the discontent of the terrorists.

"The ISIL's five envoys are commissioned to meet the terrorist group's supporters in Egypt's Sina [Sinai] region and receive financial aid from them," Badreddin said.

The ISIL has also been promised to receive more new recruits for war in Syria and Libya because the terrorist group has lost many of its militants over the past three months.

The ISIL commanders have written several letters to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and demanded urgent logistical help from him, but the aids have been delayed due to the intensified attacks by the Syrian army on ISIL's military positions in Mosul and Fallujah in recent months.

In early June, military sources said that the Syrian Army troops and popular forces' rapid advances and their race towards the ISIL-held city of Raqqa from different directions testify that the ISIL is on the verge of a complete fall in Syria.

"The ISIL now faces a serious threat to its capital, Raqqa city," the sources said, adding, "However, the more immediate objective seems to be the capture of al-Tabaqa Airbase or a push Northwards to the Euphrates River; the latter move would have all ISIL-held areas in the Aleppo province cut off from the ISIL mainland."

"In the past week, about 100 ISIL fighters have been killed in Western Raqqa while government forces have advanced 45 kilometers along the Ithriya-Raqqa road," the sources added.

"With the ISIL capital under increasing pressure, the group's commanders are forced to prioritize their scarce manpower between the Manbij frontline and the Western Raqqa frontline," they went on to say.
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