Fuad Hussein, the chief of staff of the Kurdish President Massoud Barzani said in an exclusive interview with The Independent yesterday, in which he claims the CIA estimate of the size of the ISIS forces fighting in Syria and Iraq is off by a factor of six or seven.
“I am talking about hundreds of thousands of fighters because they are able to mobilise Arab young men in the territory they have taken.”
He estimates that Isis rules a third of Iraq and a third of Syria with a population of between 10 and 12 million living in an area of 250,000 square kilometres, the same size as Great Britain. This gives the jihadis a large pool of potential recruits.
The Kurds estimate that ISIS forces number over 200,000, which explains why ISIS can fight on multiple fronts very effectively. Mr. Hussein explained that the ISIS are very well-trained and equipped. When they capture an area, they publicize how they treat those that resist them and they begin recruiting more young men. It doesn’t hurt, he explains, that ISIS pays well:
In an impoverished region with few jobs, Isis pay of $400 (£250) a month is also attractive. Moreover, Mr Hussein says that in the places they have conquered Isis is remodelling society in its own image, aiming to educate people into accepting Isis ideology.
The article notes what General Dempsey recent assessment is:
General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Baghdad on Friday in a surprise visit. He said he wanted “to get a sense from our side about how our contribution is going”. Earlier in the week, he told Congress that to defeat Isis an efficient army of 80,000 men would be necessary.
Apparently the General isn’t buying the CIA estimate that ISIS forces are in the 30,000 range, either. I see that the General was careful not to opine on what the nationalities of that 80,000 “efficient army” would likely be.
Then, there is more evidence that the ISIS is more of a “state” than a junior varsity jihadi militant group. The Daily Mail reports that ISIS is planning to introduce its own gold-backed currency in areas it controls.
ISIS wants to introduce its own currency and plans to bring back solid gold and silver dinar coins, it has emerged.
The Middle East terror group apparently wants to introduce its own Islamic currency as part of its attempts to solidify its makeshift caliphate.
Militants are said to want to bring back the original dinar, which is an ancient currency from early Islam, and religious figures in Mosul and Iraq’s Nineveh province have apparently announced its return in mosques.
Yes, they do have a substantial revenue stream.
Last month, it emerged that ISIS, which also goes by the name Islamic State, is raking in money at a remarkable rate – earning about $1 million a day from black market oil sales alone.
The group extracts oil from territory captured across Syria and Iraq, and sells it to smugglers.
David Cohen, who leads the Treasury Department’s effort to undermine the Islamic State’s finances, said the extremists also get several million dollars a month from wealthy donors, extortion rackets and other criminal activities, such as robbing banks.
In addition, he said the group has taken in at least $20 million in ransom payments this year from kidnappings.
Does that sound like a junior varsity, Mr. President?
(Isn’t it interesting that we learn these things not from our MSM, but from UK news outlets?)
I t looks like the warmongers will get their war sooner or latter and I have little doubt that Americans will once again be asked to spill their blood and treasure for what will be $old as a national $ecurity threat.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?