Inside Story - Is ISIL facing a cash crunch?

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Inside Story - Is ISIL facing a cash crunch?4
'The best funded terrorist organistation in the world.' That was how the United States Treasury assessed the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's (ISIL, also known as ISIS) finances two years ago.

The armed group itself says it had a budget of two billion dollars last year - a figure that can not be independently verified. But now it appears the US led coalition is having some success in denting ISIL's finances.

So, how much money does ISIL have? And with less in the coffers, for how long can it go on?

Presenter: Martine Dennis

Guests:

Oubai Shahbandar - Senior Strategic Communications Adviser, Qorvis MSL Consultancy Group.

Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi - Fellow at the Middle East Forum.

Patrick Osgood - Kurdistan Bureau Chief for the Iraq Oil Report.


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ARE YOU GOING TO BELIEVE THE SAME PEOPLE WHO SAID IRAQ HAD WMD?

Author — Shake 1

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Al Jazeera would know if ISIL is having a cash crunch, their country is funding them

Author — President Evil

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thanks SHAKE, cause thats exactly what i was thinking, how can you believe anything that comes from this govt....sheesh!

Author — Frank Machado

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Lol, the Russians find documents proving ISIS-Turkish oil sales (which actually makes sense), now we are supposed to believe that the Americans found documents proving that Assad buys oil from them... Not impossible, but it has the stench of counter-intelligence.

It is interesting that Al Jazeera does not mention this, and chose speakers that would not mention this. On the other hand, AJ tends to be quite transparent in the way they paint a story the way their funders dictate to them, and are thus transparent on whose propaganda they pump out.

Author — Larzsolice