FILE - In this undated image posted by the Raqqa Media Center, in Islamic State group-held territory, on Monday, June 30, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) ride tanks during a parade in Raqqa, Syria. (Raqqa Media Center via AP, File)

Islamic State ‘hit by cash crisis in its capital Raqqa’

Faced with a cash shortage in its self-declared caliphate, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has slashed salaries, asked Raqqa residents to pay utility bills in black market American dollars, and is now releasing detainees for a price of $500 a person.

The extremists who once bragged about minting their own currency are having a hard time meeting expenses, thanks to coalition airstrikes and other measures that have eroded millions from their finances since last fall. Having built up loyalty among militants with good salaries and honeymoon and baby bonuses, the group has stopped providing even the smaller perks: free energy drinks and Snickers bars.

  • Ed

    Snickers bars are sharia compliant. “Sweet Marie” would be haram, I’m guessing. “Mr. Big.” That’s a toughie. Better ask the mufti.

  • Zero tolerance for any and all Islamic terror support. That includes Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan and all the other Islamic terror holes.

    If one stinking dollar can be traced back supporting terror, take every single dollar we can get our hands on.

    Money talks. Saudi without money would be a shit hole. The same for Iran and Pakistan. The jihadis get thier money somewhere.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    I know it’s a cliche, but what goes around comes around.

  • mauser 98

    or Putin bombed their oil transport system to smithereens

  • Exile1981

    Maybe we can send PM Turdeau over to help them “feel” how a budget is created.

  • canminuteman

    Just print some, everyone else does.