Hard times for jihadists: ISIS orders 50% pay cut for fighters

posted at 9:21 am on January 20, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

And you thought the economic recovery in the United States was dodgy.

Times are tough all over and wages are declining. That’s apparently not only true in North America and Europe, but the same woes are creating hard times in the terrorism business. As Cathaleen Chen reports at Yahoo News, ISIS has had to deliver some bad news to its “workers” this month, with everyone up and down the line taking a 50% pay cut.

Violent jihad, it turns out, is a rough business. According to documents leaked from inside the Islamic State (IS) group, all IS fighters have reportedly had their salaries cut by half.

Additional information from the Congressional Research Service indicate that IS soldiers earn between $400 and $1,200 a month, CNN Money’s Jose Pagliery reports. The jihadists receive a $50 stipend for their wives and $25 for every child. Even the lowest paycheck of $400, however, is more than what the Iraqi government offers.

First published and translated by Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi, a scholar at the Middle East forum and an expert on Islamic State, the documents don’t reveal the reason for the pay cuts.

The internal ISIS document was put out under the name of Abu Muhammad al-Muhajir, ISIS’s treasury minister. We may have missed a breaking news headline here… ISIS has a treasury minister? It goes on to use some quotes from the Quran to point out the lack of importance and shallowness of wealth, but if these murderers are anything like union members back here at home that’s not going to wash very well.

So what’s driving the pay cuts among the happy go lucky, throat slashing, heretic burning monsters? A couple of things come to mind. For one, we finally figured out that we should be blowing up their oil trucks and pipelines at roughly the same time that Russia showed up and hit on the idea. That came during the same period when the global market for oil began to seriously slide toward the ditch, and black market sellers already have to take less money than the conventional market. The terror group was previously estimated to be hauling in two million dollars per day in oil revenue, but that’s pretty much tanked.

Another factor is one where we have to give credit to President Obama along with our military and intelligence forces. In addition to freezing and seizing monetary assets of the terror group where we find them in the banking system, over the past month we finally started blowing up buildings where ISIS was storing millions of dollars in cash. (CNN)

In an extremely unusual airstrike, the U.S. dropped bombs Sunday in central Mosul, Iraq, destroying a building containing huge amounts of cash ISIS was using to pay its troops and for ongoing operations, two U.S. defense officials told CNN.

The officials could not say exactly how much money was there or in what currency, but one described it as “millions.”

Two 2,000-pound bombs destroyed the site quickly.

I was a bit dubious at the time as to how much of a real impact this would have on ISIS, but combined with the other factors listed above, it seems to be working. (Or at least starting to work.)

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I thought they fought for 72 virgins or something.

Steve Eggleston on January 20, 2016 at 9:23 AM

But if they drop below minimum wage, Obama will raise lour taxes.

MaiDee on January 20, 2016 at 9:24 AM

But we cannot win this war by killing them,” department spokeswoman Marie Harf said on MSNBC’s “Hardball.” “We need … to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs…

Marie Harf was right.

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Hill60 on January 20, 2016 at 9:24 AM

Wow the bust in oil prices are hitting ISIS hard also.

Johnnyreb on January 20, 2016 at 9:28 AM

In the spirit of Lily Ledbetter, I’m waiting for Obama to propose the “Jihadi John Fair and Equal Pay Act”.

Bitter Clinger on January 20, 2016 at 9:28 AM

OT: New favorite website

ConservativePartyNow on January 20, 2016 at 9:28 AM

So…it took Putin getting serious about ISIS before the A$$-Kicker in Chief finally did…imagine if he’d been putting half the effort against ISIS from the beginning he’s been putting against the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Rogue on January 20, 2016 at 9:29 AM

Maybes it had to do with two 2,000lbs JDAMS

The Department of Defense has released declassified video from its January 11 bombing of an ISIS cash depot in Mosul, Iraq,
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crnEDY_zWjs

canopfor on January 20, 2016 at 9:32 AM

Another factor is one where we have to give credit to President Obama along with our military and intelligence forces.

I never doubt our intelligence and military. But Dear Liar is simply responding to his masters in Tehran.

rbj on January 20, 2016 at 9:32 AM

Speaking of ISIS:

TRACterrorism.org [email protected] 4m4 minutes ago

Video: Deadly explosion rocks Afghan capital #Kabul
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/afghan-capital-kabul-rocked-explosion-160120131352851.html

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/afghan-capital-kabul-rocked-explosion-160120131352851.html
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TRACterrorism.org [email protected] 16m16 minutes ago

Car bomb explodes near #Russia(n) Embassy in #KABUL Apologies for not mentioning place. Jasmine

https://twitter.com/TRACterrorism

canopfor on January 20, 2016 at 9:35 AM

So why did we have to worry about “civilians” going in such a building? How many of those “civilians” were fighters or commanders, or general supporters of ISIS? All of them? Bomb the building when it is full. Providing any kind of material support to ISIS should make you a legitimate target, even if you are unarmed.

clement on January 20, 2016 at 9:36 AM

Sorry jazz. For a second there, i thought you meant the middle class in America. Their the ones taking a pay cut with the illegal loving, economy hating jackazz we have in the oval office…..

Indiana Jim on January 20, 2016 at 9:38 AM

38 virgins and a decent shawarma.

jdpaz on January 20, 2016 at 9:38 AM

At least Civil Discourse will still have enough gas money to drive to his obama circle jerk every night……

Indiana Jim on January 20, 2016 at 9:39 AM

Heads Up:
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http://www.nbcnews.com/video/watch-live-trump-palin-hold-iowa-rally-322524227825

canopfor on January 20, 2016 at 9:42 AM

Onlinemagazin [email protected] 21h21 hours ago

#ISIS decides to reduce the wages of commanders & fighters for the half due to exceptional circumstances.

https://twitter.com/OnlineMagazin/status/689504410246987776

canopfor on January 20, 2016 at 9:44 AM

So ISIS understands economics better than our own government? Either that or they just haven’t figured out how to print money. Shhhh….no one tell them about quantitative easing.

Texas Zombie on January 20, 2016 at 9:55 AM

Look, its obvious they need a union. Hell, fast food worker are going to make more than a jihadi.

jmtham156 on January 20, 2016 at 9:58 AM

So $20 dollar oil affects jihadists also? Who knew.

bgibbs1000 on January 20, 2016 at 9:59 AM

Real Housewives of ISIS

Rix on January 20, 2016 at 10:01 AM

Huh. I thought it was 10% off the top.

Fallon on January 20, 2016 at 10:01 AM

Salaries for suicide bombers should be going up, not down. It is a self limiting profession and fewer and fewer workers are available. They; however, hit the glass ceiling quite quickly, literally. This is not capitalism at work here.

hip shot on January 20, 2016 at 10:02 AM

Live video: Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Iowa with Sarah Palin – NBC News

canopfor on January 20, 2016 at 9:42 AM

Well, I’m sure he’ll claim that he’s running to make ISIS great again. If elected those jihadists will get $15/hour and he’ll make Syria pay for it. Sara Palin will just nod like a bobble-head which, of course, is all that is expected of her these days.

Happy Nomad on January 20, 2016 at 10:03 AM

‘Look to the union label’

gerrym51 on January 20, 2016 at 10:04 AM

canopfor on January 20, 2016 at 9:32AM

Love the cash floating all around. Clean up must’ve been a hoot with all the honest brokers in that bunch.

Cleombrotus on January 20, 2016 at 10:06 AM

The number of virgins in paradise has also been reduced to 36 and the bad news is that they all look like Hillary Clinton.

HumpBot Salvation on January 20, 2016 at 10:06 AM

It goes on to use some quotes from the Quran to point out the lack of importance and shallowness of wealth, but if these murderers are anything like union members back here at home that’s not going to wash very well.

LOL, that’s some WMD grade snark, right there.

HumpBot Salvation on January 20, 2016 at 10:09 AM

I fear they may go postal…..

Which will means..

they will be doing their job….

Confusing….

Electrongod on January 20, 2016 at 10:09 AM

“The sinews of war are infinite money.” – Cicero

Imrahil on January 20, 2016 at 10:10 AM

Obamanomics sucks for all.

ConstantineXI on January 20, 2016 at 10:15 AM

I fear they may go postal…..

Which will means..

they will be doing their job….

Confusing….

Electrongod on January 20, 2016 at 10:09 AM

May be a good thing.

They might deliver their bombs to the wrong address weeks late.

Or they just might pile up their suicide vests in their garages and not deliver them at all.

Or they might shoot up their supervisors.

HumpBot Salvation on January 20, 2016 at 10:18 AM

This is unconscionable. We must help out ISIS… it’s our moral duty.

I propose having our military help them reduce their staffing levels. Sure, the cuts will be painful, but it’s the right thing to do.

malclave on January 20, 2016 at 10:21 AM

I thought they fought for 72 virgins or something.

Steve Eggleston on January 20, 2016 at 9:23 AM

…seems…some of the virgins have syphilis…

JugEarsButtHurt on January 20, 2016 at 10:23 AM

Turns out, ISIS loses funding when they’re not fighting US troops on the ground. How about that? It’s almost like Ron Paul was right.

TBSchemer on January 20, 2016 at 10:25 AM

There is a danger in running a campaign on a selected number of issues (or on just one issue) without offering a comprehensive approach, conditions can change quickly.

Newt running on “$2.50/gal” looks silly now. The underlying argument of “drill, baby, drill” is part of an overall approach to market solutions as opposed to putting a figure on a single issue.(And I was a Newt supporter and still believe he would have been a better candidate than Mittens.)

I’m not accusing anyone of being so narrow, but the candidates can’t get caught up in the single issues (especially when the issues are just symptoms of greater problems, symptoms can ebb and flow).

Just sayin’

mankai on January 20, 2016 at 10:34 AM

Given that all ISIS has to offer fighters is money, this actually matters.

libfreeordie on January 20, 2016 at 10:36 AM

I thought they fought for 72 virgins or something.

Steve Eggleston on January 20, 2016 at 9:23 AM

They got a peek of what was under that burka the San Bernardino terrorist was wearing and they’re not sure if they want to bank on that possibility.

mankai on January 20, 2016 at 10:37 AM

If the ISIS route to Turkey gets cut off, they will have some real problems on their hands. Keep eye on Manbij and al Bab. Both are still held by ISIS, but increasingly under threat.

forest on January 20, 2016 at 10:37 AM

For one, we finally figured out that we should be blowing up their oil trucks and pipelines at roughly the same time that Russia showed up and hit on the idea. That came during the same period when the global market for oil began to seriously slide toward the ditch, and black market sellers already have to take less money than the conventional market.

Didn’t it also happen about a half hour after Trump started talking about it?

Lolo on January 20, 2016 at 10:42 AM

Didn’t Trump say take the oil?

Mother of Pearl on January 20, 2016 at 10:49 AM

Yes, but what about their medical benefits.

Did that get cut also and they have to signed up for Obamacare. Those death panels might be useful yet.

TerryW on January 20, 2016 at 10:50 AM

The missing headline isn’t that ISIS has a Treasury Minister. It’s that the Minister has a desk, office, building or city to exist in.

Why isn’t Raqqua a smouldering rubble filled crater right now?

That’s the missing headline.

Agent Cooper on January 20, 2016 at 10:53 AM

The good news is that obama just made these undocumented freedom fighters/refugees eligible for medicaid and food stamps. So there’s that.

HumpBot Salvation on January 20, 2016 at 10:55 AM

Fracking, FTW. In ten years, their cash reserves drained, the Middle East sponsors of terror will be too poor to afford their little hobby.

PushTheButtonMax on January 20, 2016 at 10:59 AM

Rest assured that Barry O. will find a way to help them…

albill on January 20, 2016 at 11:23 AM

Well, I’m sure he’ll claim that he’s running to make ISIS great again. If elected those jihadists will get $15/hour and he’ll make Syria pay for it. Sara Palin will just nod like a bobble-head which, of course, is all that is expected of her these days.

Happy Nomad on January 20, 2016 at 10:03 AM

You know Happy, you used to be worth reading and I have done so for years. Now you’re just another snarky ass. I have gone from liking your stuff, to hating your stuff, to now wishing you would burn to death slowly in a fire.
Don’t bother replying. I swear to skip anything you ever post again

Capt Blasto on January 20, 2016 at 11:25 AM

If you follow the CNN link, you will see the reporters with Obama talking points, all about how they watched the place for days to make sure they hit the fewest civilians, etc., etc., and the Pentagon estimates they did kill 5-7 civilians.

WTF? This is war!

PattyJ on January 20, 2016 at 11:26 AM

If poverty is supposed to be a deterrent to jihad, why don’t we try the same tactic on Iran and NOT give them $150 billion for their sham promises not to develop a nuclear weapon?

Steve Z on January 20, 2016 at 11:58 AM

They might deliver their bombs to the wrong address weeks late.

HumpBot Salvation on January 20, 2016 at 10:18 AM

Premature detonation – very bad – perhaps a jar of “male enhancement” pills would help….

dentarthurdent on January 20, 2016 at 12:08 PM

America’s hope and change is finally going global.

Welcome to the suck.

Oxymoron on January 20, 2016 at 12:44 PM

I thought they fought for 72 virgins or something.

Steve Eggleston on January 20, 2016 at 9:23 AM

It is actually 72 mansions with 72 beds with a virgin in each bed so it is actually 373,248 virgins.

nazo311 on January 20, 2016 at 1:29 PM

See what happens when there’s a glut of labor? When we’re not killing enough of these guys, it just drives up supply with demand limited (due to Hungary’s fence), and the price of labor goes down.

If poverty is supposed to be a deterrent to jihad, why don’t we try the same tactic on Iran and NOT give them $150 billion for their sham promises not to develop a nuclear weapon?

Steve Z on January 20, 2016 at 11:58 AM

I thought poverty drove jihad? Dangit, the leftist arguments are confusing!

GWB on January 20, 2016 at 3:38 PM

I thought poverty drove jihad? Dangit, the leftist arguments are confusing!

GWB on January 20, 2016 at 3:38 PM

No silly, it’s global warming.

307wolverine on January 20, 2016 at 7:24 PM

I’m sure I’ve heard this story elsewhere… Oh yes: “I am altering the deal. Pray I do not alter it further.”

worldtvlr on January 20, 2016 at 8:22 PM

Heck, if they are all going to meet Alla and 72 Virgins to meet their every meed why do you need to pay then anyway. Just cloth then in those cool Ninja outfits, arm them with a cool AK 47, a jeweled Samurai Sword, a horse and house – What more does a Terrorist need considering their life style assures them a short life span anyway.

MSGTAS on January 21, 2016 at 8:11 AM