[Marxism] Fwd: Inside the economic war against the Islamic State - The Washington Post

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Dec 31 16:08:46 MST 2016

“ISIL is still selling oil to [Syrian President Bashar] al-Assad,” said 
a Middle Eastern official familiar with operations against the Islamic 
State, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive 
intelligence. “It’s an important revenue source, and we see Assad’s 
people continuing to facilitate.”

Destroying the Islamic State’s financial underpinnings has been a 
primary objective for the U.S.-led coalition since 2014, although 
progress at times has been halting. Unlike al-Qaeda, the Islamic State 
is largely self-financed, deriving most of its income from oil sales and 
criminal enterprises, as well as from money taken through taxes and fees 
extracted from local residents and businesses in the territories it 


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