ISIL Reduces Salaries of Terrorists in Deir Ezzur following Consecutive Defeats in Syria, Iraq
According to recently released reports, the salaries of the members of the ISIL in Deir Ezzur has been cut by 20 percent, while the terrorist group is undergoing financial problems after losing control over major territories in Syria and Iraq.
The report revealed that following a meeting between high ranking commanders of the terrorist group, the militant group decided to reduce the salaries of its non-military and, even, military members.
The salaries of the non-military members of the ISIL in Deir Ezzur has been cut by 50 percent, while it has been cut by 20 percent for military members who fight aganist the Syrian army and popular forces.
A media activist said the ISIL made the decision after the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) managed to seize back the town of Manbij in Aleppo as well as rapid advances of Iraqi forces toward Mosul in Nineveh province.
The acitivist stressed that the airstrikes against the ISIL which destroyed oil tankers near the Syrian city of Deir Ezzur, has forced the top commanders to made the decision.
The report added that the members of the ISIL are mad at their decreasing salaries, and pushed the terrorist group to go on the alert for possible uprising.
The ISIL’s finances have crumbled thanks to the Russian airstrikes on the bulk of the group’s oil infrastructure, the global slide in oil prices and territorial losses in Iraq and Syria.
A French fact-finding committee said in July in a report that the ISIL terrorist group has been facing very bad financial situation in 2016, while the number of its forces has been continuously decreasing in the recent months too.
“In 2015, the ISIL terrorist group earned over $3bln in Iraq and Syria, including $600mln from exports of crude oil and $300mln from gas, but after the ISIL-held regions, specially energy-rich regions, shrank the group faced sharp decline in its revenues,” the report, carried out by 60 journalists and activists, said.
“The ISIL had to find new sources of income. Trafficking of drugs, smuggling of historical monuments, looting museums, imposing high taxes on consumption of water and electricity stood atop the ISIL’s new resources of revenues,” the report added.
“ISIL earned around 900,000,000 euros from different taxes and also 150 million of dollars from trade of cigarettes and narcotics,” the report said, adding, “In the meantime, the ISIL that had around 30,000 of fighters in 2015, now in the middle of 2016 has only 12,000 combatants in the battlefields in Iraq and Syria.”