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    The Price of Loyalty: Daesh Mercenaries Desert Due to Wage Cuts

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    Daesh militants have started to desert due to a reduction in their wages.

    Foreign militants working for Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) have apparently started to desert after the terrorist movement’s leadership decided to drastically decrease the fighters’ monthly wages, according to the Alsumaria TV channel.

    "ISIL's decision to reduce the salaries of its foreign militants by half has immensely impacted them so much that some of them have left the terrorist group," the news agency reports.

    These desertions apparently confirm that the Daesh militants are mostly motivated by greed and not by religious fervor, Alsumaria remarks.

    Earlier the UK-based Syrian Observatory of Human Rights reported resentment among Syrian Daesh fighters, who believed their pay was being cut to raise the wages of Arab and foreign fighters. However, according a leaked Daesh document, a pay cut has in fact been imposed on all of the movement’s rank and file fighters.

    The pay cut was apparently authorized by the so-called 'treasury' of Daesh due to 'exceptional circumstances' as the terrorist movement has apparently begun to feel the strain of being engaged in protracted fighting on multiple battlefronts.


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      Elsa JV
      Good, the rats are fleeing the sinking ship but that should come as no surprise, if money is the only currency determining your loyalty, it is unlikely to hold up in the face of adversity. You either stand for something or you will fall for anything.
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      Hence, the term "temporary manpower." Next week they will be washing your windows, waling your dog or tutoring your child in sand script. All in a day's work, so to speak.
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      marcanhaltin reply toElsa JV(Show commentHide comment)
      Elsa JV, No one soldier fights a war for free. Ask the American Generals, Eisenhower, Bradley, et all., what happened to the priceless art found in salt mines after WWII. Ask Madeline Albright, the UN Representative under Clinton how she happened to be in possession of national art from Spain. Her remark, as she hurried away from further questioning was, "They were given to my father to hold in safe keeping until that 'awful war was over' in Spain." That war has been over for 75 years but do you think that jewess will ever give them back?
    • Well as usual mercenaries are only greedy good for the Syrians if those brainwashed start deserting.
    • Adrienne Adonis
      I guess these war prostitutes will go collect welfare in Europe now. Maybe these faggots will get raped on the way there.
    • FlorianGeyer
      Mercenaries throughout time have always been attracted by money and the licence to kill,maim,steal and generally terrorise the target population. Sometimes this is given 'respectability' by fighting for God or for an Empire. Today's Empire is the United states of America and that nation uses private military companies from the US and its vassal states in Europe together with other mercenary organisations such as ISIL etc that are trained and equipt by the US with funds from vassal states such as Saudi Arabia.

      Essentially NO mercenary is very keen to fight in battles where they know they could easily be killed. As Blackwater in Iraq , they would far rather shoot up a civilian and then go back to camp for dinner and the use of a slave girl.
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