In the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, much has been said about the need to target the finances of the purported caliphate.
The militant Islamist army is by all accounts the richest terrorist group in history, having obtained potentially billions of dollars through oil production, smuggling, racketeering, kidnapping, human trafficking, extortion, taxes, and of course the seizure of banks in northern Iraq and Syria.
But now it appears that their financial capabilities and accumulated stash of cash are indeed being targeted, as a video was released recently showing an Islamic State group-controlled bank being bombed in a U.S. airstrike, according to the New York Post.
The video, released on Friday by the Department of Defense, purports to show an Islamic State group bank in the Iraqi city of Mosul being hit by a pair of bombs.
The resultant explosion was followed by a literal cloud of fluttering paper money floating above the destroyed building.
It is unknown exactly how much of the Islamic State group’s cash was burnned up in the bombing, but an unnamed military spokesman told CNN that it was estimated to be in the “millions.”
This is great, and things like this need to happen far more often if we have any hopes of seriously crippling the financial capabilities of the jihadist army that is terrorizing the Middle East and the world at large.
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