Isis controls territory the size of the UK, makes £600,000 a day: expert

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An image made available by Jihadist media outlet Welayat Raqa on Jun 30, 2014, allegedly shows a member of the IS (Islamic state) militant group parading with a tank in a street in the northern rebel-held Syrian city of Raqa.
An image made available by Jihadist media outlet Welayat Raqa on Jun 30, 2014, allegedly shows a member of the IS (Islamic state) militant group parading with a tank in a street in the northern rebel-held Syrian city of Raqa.
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Isis now controls territory the size of the UK, is making £600,000 ( nearly $ 1 million) a day from selling oil and ransoming hostages and has a fighting force of 10,000 militants, according to a leading expert.

Matthew Olsen, a senior US counter-terrorism official, said the Islamic State, also known as Isis, was “an extremely dangerous organisation operating in a chaotic part of the world” and saw itself “as the new leader of the global Jihadist movement”.

Isis began in Syria during the rebellion against President Bashar Assad, but took huge swathes of northern Iraq earlier this year.

Mr Olsen said Isis had expanded quickly partly because of the weakness of the governments of Syria and Iraq.

“[Isis] threatens to outpace al-Qa’ida as the dominant voice of influence in the global extremist movement,” he said, according to the Daily Telegraph.

But he added: “As formidable as [Isis] is as a group, it is not invincible. With a broad coalition of international partners, we have the tools to defeat [Isis] based on a determined and comprehensive all-of-government approach.”

Air strikes by US warplanes in combination with attacks by Iraqi and Kurdish troops had showed Isis was “vulnerable to coordinated and effective military action”, he said.

“The strikes have begun to sap [Isis’s] momentum and created the space for Iraqi and Kurdish forces to take the offensive,” he said.

But Mr Olsen warned there were others who could pose a threat to the West. “[Isis] has captured our immediate focus, but it is only one of the myriad groups that pose a threat to us at the terrorist landscape evolves,” he said.

independent.co.uk

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9 responses to “Isis controls territory the size of the UK, makes £600,000 a day: expert”

  1. sweetvirgo Avatar

    They (ISIS) makes a million a day?? I’m finding this hard to believe

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Terror IS a big business. Ask Hezzbolla what they make ….

      1. sweetvirgo Avatar

        LOL…we all know they are well funded but we know who funds them. ISIS however, a million a day??

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          It started in the back of a donut-shop with a ‘dough-head’. 😉
          Grew the business quietly, until he could buy a ‘store-front’ on a cell-phone.
          You see these types on TV all the time … usually promoting ‘how to flip a house’, and charging for the lessons like it’s a religion … people send money.
          Eventually, he gives everyone ‘the business’. 😉

          They already advertise for others to join … ‘Don’t worry. We have a house for YOU. Just a little ‘fixer-upper’ to get you started.’
          ‘Bring the kids … we’re setting up school-programmes’.
          ‘Gated Community – with a pool.(as seen on YouTube)’.

          1. sweetvirgo Avatar

            LMAO……donut shop??

          2. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Usually the dough-mixing guy … often called the Dough-Boy.
            (Lowest salary – night job. 😉
            (works alone … makes him crazy without one book to read … fantasies result)

          3. sweetvirgo Avatar

            LMAO…I swear you’re crazy

          4. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Look under the ‘Featured’ Headings. Opening a new branch in India soon. 🙂
            You think I’m crazy ?? Here, people buy the donut holes !! :-))))

          5. sweetvirgo Avatar

            OMG…I read that…how crazy. “opening a new branch”. So freakin crazy

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