By clicking on the "Accept & Close" button, you provide your explicit consent to the processing of your data to achieve the above goal.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Islamic State terrorists have been embezzling tens of millions of dollars monthly from the salaries of Iraqi officials in occupied territories, including in the second-largest Iraqi city of Mosul, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The extremist group is spending the money on military operations, the newspaper said Monday, citing anonymous US officials.
US and Iraqi authorities have set up a joint campaign to block ISIL's income sources, the Wall Street Journal said.
According to the newspaper, US authorities were mulling whether to instruct Iraq to stop transferring funds to the local officials, with some worried that it could leave thousands of people in Mosul without their pay.
But letting things drift effectively allows ISIL militants to fortify the city ahead of the siege expected this spring, the newspaper said.
"No decision has been made one way or another as to how the U.S. should engage on [the seized funds]," the publication quoted a senior Obama administration official as saying.
US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said earlier in March that ISIL receives financial support primarily from the controlled territories rather than from outside sources. He estimated that the group pulls in about $1 million a day and is considered the wealthiest terrorist group in the world.
The ISIL governs tracks of land across Iraq and Syria and operates affiliates in Eastern Libya, the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt and other areas. It occupied Iraq's key city of Mosul in June 2014.
In January, the United States began airstrikes on ISIL positions in Mosul, at the same time preparing for a joint operation with Iraqi and Kurdish forces to retake the city in spring.
The fact of registration and authorization of users on Sputnik websites via users’ account or accounts on social networks indicates acceptance of these rules.
Users are obliged abide by national and international laws. Users are obliged to speak respectfully to the other participants in the discussion, readers and individuals referenced in the posts.
The websites’ administration has the right to delete comments made in languages other than the language of the majority of the websites’ content.
In all language versions of the sputniknews.com websites any comments posted can be edited.
A user comment will be deleted if it:
does not correspond with the subject of the post;
promotes hatred and discrimination on racial, ethnic, sexual, religious or social basis or violates the rights of minorities;
violates the rights of minors, causing them harm in any form, including moral damage;
contains ideas of extremist nature or calls for other illegal activities;
contains insults, threats to other users, individuals or specific organizations, denigrates dignity or undermines business reputations;
contains insults or messages expressing disrespect to Sputnik;
violates privacy, distributes personal data of third parties without their consent or violates privacy of correspondence;
describes or references scenes of violence, cruelty to animals;
contains information about methods of suicide, incites to commit suicide;
pursues commercial objectives, contains improper advertising, unlawful political advertisement or links to other online resources containing such information;
promotes products or services of third parties without proper authorization;
contains offensive language or profanity and its derivatives, as well as hints of the use of lexical items falling within this definition;
contains spam, advertises spamming, mass mailing services and promotes get-rich-quick schemes;
promotes the use of narcotic / psychotropic substances, provides information on their production and use;
contains links to viruses and malicious software;
is part of an organized action involving large volumes of comments with identical or similar content ("flash mob");
“floods” the discussion thread with a large number of incoherent or irrelevant messages;
violates etiquette, exhibiting any form of aggressive, humiliating or abusive behavior ("trolling");
doesn’t follow standard rules of the English language, for example, is typed fully or mostly in capital letters or isn’t broken down into sentences.
The administration has the right to block a user’s access to the page or delete a user’s account without notice if the user is in violation of these rules or if behavior indicating said violation is detected.