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9 Top ways ISIS makes money

I plagerized a list I got from a pro FSA web site click here You  can check out the difference

  • 1-Selling electricity and gas to the Syrian Government through ISIS controlled dams like Teshreen, Al Ba’eth and Euphrates dams, in addition to Tweenan gas field.

  • 2-Taxes it imposes on Al-Raqqa citizens. Every house should pay $800 Syrian Liras for electricity bills and $400 for phone bills. Each shop should pay $1500 for electricity bills & hygiene services $400 for phone bills. (Al Hisba apparatus is a special ISIS agency concerned with collecting taxes from citizens.)

  • 3-Customs revenue & Commercial Trade. ISIS imposes taxes on any goods that is being exported or imported. Raqqa city and Mosul are their biggest areas for these ops. ISIS exports fruits, vegetables, cereals and grains, clothes and fabrics to Al Mousel in exchange to importing dates, vehicle spare parts, and some electric tools. This trade, which is one of the city’s economic resilience, proved high merits and empowered the league financially to the extent that some of the residents in Al Raqqa city started to engage in it. This is something I have spoken of earlier, sort of instead of the accidental guerrilla we have the accidental shop keeper, these are support structures needed by any military. So for 10k troops you often will end up with 50k in support ops. People will always try make money to buy food and live, they have to survive. Those who are blocked from these opportunities are minorities (non Sunni Arab).  These also are often the peaceful people who have been hoping the The Syrian government will come to their rescue and die of hunger fro lack of opportunity and basic needs.

  • 4-Internet Cafes: After the absence of the internet on Al-Raqqa city for more than a year and a half, the city entirely depends on the expensive satellite internet. ISIS opened dozens of internet cafés, where the price of 25 megabytes are equal to 100 Syrian Liras that is expensive for Al-Raqqa citizens since Internet is not irreplaceable for both the citizens and ISIS members. This kind of trade is one of the most profitable trades for ISIS. There were less than 20 internet cafes in Raqqa city, now there are more than 500 cafes in the city. Nonetheless, ISIS distributes internet to the whole city so that Al-Raqqa is now called the satellite town in every sense of the word. There is internet even on the streets.

  • 5- FINES – Al Hisba apparatus: ISIS’s tax agency used to impose sanctions on smokers, law-breakers, later prayers, and even people who avoided closing their shops according to ISIS laws, by either torturing or lashing them. Now, you can avoid all this by paying a certain amount of money to the league.  ISIS members forced the residents to close their shops and go to pray; now instead they require people to pay 1000 Syrian Liras on (almost 5 US dollars). Instead of paying a tax on ration or traffic sanctions according to Sharia’ laws, it can now be substituted by paying money.  The Islamic Court in Al-Raqqa city, affiliated to ISIS, condemned “Mahmoud Al Safrani” to 100 lashes in front of the city’s citizens, in addition to fining him with 14 million Syrian Liras because he was cheating people in selling rice.

  • 6- ISIS confiscates people’s lands and sells it in public auctions, just like what happened with “Mahmoud Al Khalil Al Muhaimed” from Sluuk city in Al-Raqqa countryside. ISIS confiscated his lands, appointed a guard on it and sold it in a public auction since Mahmoud had relations with the Free Syrian Army.

  • 7- Selling fuel and crude oil and extracting it in primitive ways: Despite all the raids done by the coalition, ISIS is still capable of extracting crude and fuel oil in primitive ways and establishing a commercial route with Turkey to sell it in the black-market. After extracting the fuel and crude oil, ISIS fills the giant tank trucks and sells it in Turkey. This industry is what keeping ISIS’s economy strong.

  • 8- Selling cannabis, substance abuse, smuggling cigarettes and alcohol: There are a number of reports that state that ISIS plants a great amount of cannabis in agricultural fields in Al-Raqqa country sides to sell it later in the black-market in Turkey. Despite all the restrictions being done by ISIS, drugs and cannabis are abundantly found in the city, even though the drugs quantities were much less before ISIS. This league also takes a lot of money from alcohol dealers in exchange for overlooking it and approving alcohol’s entrance into the city, where alcohol is expensive but present.

  • 9- Excavating, smuggling artifacts and selling it in the black-market in Turkey. ISIS found a huge range of artifacts in Al Raqqa’s eastern suburbs that are highly valuable. This is the not the first time that ISIS found a group of artifacts that contained a huge mosaic that dates back to the sixth centaury B.C

Despite more than 2000 raids on ISIS to destroy its economy, we can still say that the league is still strong-willed economically and wasn’t affected by the strikes and it still remains one of the richest terroristic organizations.


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I find and watch ISIS web sites and memebrs on social media. We then report these to servers/hosts and to #OpISIS #CtrlSec #OpIceIsis

One comment on “9 Top ways ISIS makes money

  1. Ian Bach
    March 27, 2015

    Reblogged this on Ian Bach.


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