Hundreds of disillusioned jihadists abandon ISIS as money dries out and salaries are cut
Hundreds of jihadis are leaving Islamic State for other extremist organisations after being forced to take a pay cut of almost U$200 by chiefs, it was claimed last night.
ISIS militants were allegedly being paid U$300 a month until the terror group faced financial shortages which forced their salaries down to U$80 – and at least 200 gunmen have since quit.
The fighters from ISIS, which until recently was said to be the world’s wealthiest jihadist group, are now retreating from northern Iraq to earn more money from other terror organisations in Syria.
ISIS, led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has faced problems since coalition air strikes in Iraq and Syria rendered it unable to access a multi-billion pound war chest.
The group has made its money from the likes of bank robberies, stolen oil and people-smuggling, but accountants have cut down on cash convoys between war zones over drone attack fears.
A source in Baghdad told the Mirror: ‘Fighters have left recently as the money which was once lavished on them has become increasingly less reliable. Some are unhappy with their prospects.’
The newspaper also reported that ISIS chiefs are worried that their huge expansion into North Africa could lead to them having further financial issues.