Islamic State group's war chest is growing daily
By KEN DILANIAN 3 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to U.S. intelligence officials and private experts.
Analysts say the group is relying on the fact that the area along the border between Iraq and Turkey has long been a smugglers haven, and was made more so by the fall of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in 2003.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
American conservatives used to ask those opposed to the Iraq War if we preferred Saddam Hussein and for a while, that was a difficult question, at least for me. Since 2006, however, I'm convinced that the world would be better off if Saddam were still in charge and here's a little more evidence to support that claim:
Posted by Steve J. at 5:57 PM