How Did ISIS Get a $1 Billion Budget?

Paul Hair

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One of the biggest, overlooked facts of the two-decade-old Global War on Terrorism is that Islamic terrorism has been state-sponsored the entire time. Why do I say this? For a variety of reasons, including something that the Department of Defense noted in a March 18 press release regarding the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria—ISIS.

“At the height of their power, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, now referred to as Daesh, operated in 18 different countries and had an annual budget of $1 billion with an estimated 30,000 members.” So begins the DOD press release. I suppose it’s possible for a terrorist group that the whole world supposedly hates to get a $1 billion budget on its own through conquest and donations from individuals, but it’s unlikely. In fact, it’s beyond a reasonable doubt based on what else we know about certain nations and their relationships with Islamic terrorists.

Perhaps national governments used proxies to fund ISIS, or perhaps they used other less obvious means, but they certainly played a role in funding it and other Islamic terrorist groups—al-Qaeda included.

This won’t be addressed. Business will go on as usual. But it won’t change the truth: the Global War on Terrorism has been a fight against state-sponsored Islamic terrorism. And it will continue to be for the foreseeable future.

Top Image: Peshmerga soldiers, part of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s security forces supporting the Iraqi security forces, operate a tank at a security outpost toward the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve forward line of troops in Erbil Province, Iraq, May 29, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Sergio Rangel/RELEASED)

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