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ISIS: Well born on oil and social distress

The Islamic State is a well-funded terrorist group that has only grown. Where do they get their funding from? What can be done?

A variety of causes, both local and global, have led to the rise of the Islamic State (IS), which has ravaged Syria and Iraq over the past year. The organization is considered, among other things, as a result of the situation in Iraq following the war in 2003; the Syrian civil war that many would call a deputy war; the constant supply and availability of weapons and weak opponents.

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the OECD's money laundering group, released in February 2015 with a report on the financing of IS. The report is based on information obtained from a variety of sources, and analyzes how IS generates and uses the funds at its disposal – which is crucial for the international community to be able to shake up funding for the organization. It is also evident that IS is growing.

Oil sales. The factors that have led to the terrorist group's sudden emergence are, as I said, many. . .

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