Mark Twain once said, “The lack of money is the root of all evil.” Well, thanks to some well-placed bombs from our own U.S. Air Force, the thugs in the Islamic State group managed to become even more evil this week.
While we’ve hit plenty of targets in our campaign against the radical Islamic terrorists (although not enough for my liking), this one might have just been the coolest one yet — a bombing sortie against a currency depot for the Islamic State group in Iraq.
Our boys made an epic run on the bank, leaving the Islamic State group thugs broke and without an ATM card.
According to CNN, the bombing run was carried out on Monday against the Islamic State group stronghold of Mosul.
Apparently, the geniuses who run terror organization thought it was pretty smart to keep all of their money in an above-ground cash depot in the city.
The video, released by the Defense Department without any sound, begins moments before two 2,000-pound bombs hit the building.
Moments later, cash can be seen fluttering from the depot as all of the Islamic State group’s paper money flew away, including onto the rooftops of nearby buildings.
“It was a good strike. And we estimate that it served to deprive ISIL of millions of dollars,” said Gen. Lloyd Austin, head of the U.S. Central Command.
“And combined with all of the other strikes that we’ve done on ISIL’s gas and oil production and distribution capabilities and strikes against his economic infrastructure and the various sources of revenue, you can bet that (it) is feeling the strain on his checkbook.”
And while this might have looked cool, it wasn’t just for show. This also made a dent in the group’s ability to recruit more fighters.
“ISIL needs those funds to pay their fighters, to recruit new fighters and to conduct their various maligned activities,” Gen. Austin said. “You know, we said from the outset of this campaign that to defeat ISIL, we’re going to have to take away its ability to resource (itself).”
It’s unknown what currency or currencies the group was hoarding. According to the U.K. Independent, Islamic State group leaders announced their own currency last summer in an effort to break what it called “America’s capitalist financial system of enslavery (sic)” which it described as a “symbol of injustice and tyranny.”
However, it reportedly still paid its soldiers in that great symbol of “injustice and tyranny,” the U.S. dollar — proving that the group was smart enough not to rely on its own worthless toilet-paper currency, but still too stupid to avoid massing its cash reserves in one place.
As Puff Daddy once said — somewhat more recently than Mr. Twain — “It’s all about the Benjamins, baby.” The Islamic State thugs are now painfully short on Benjamins, and we couldn’t be happier.
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