Published on: Nov 16, 2018 @ 13:55 – Daesh [ISIS] jihadists were well paid for their service, documents from the terrorist group obtained in Iraq show. The use of chemical agents was paid in silver, while taking down a helicopter was rewarded with gold.
Despite the common belief that terrorist group fighters were often forced to join the organization or recruited on the basis of their belief in jihad, documents obtained by RT in the Iraqi city of Mosul show that the struggle for the self-proclaimed caliphate had strong financial incentives.
Joining the ranks of the well-organized terrorist network, which once proclaimed a self-styled caliphate in Syria and Iraq, was only possible through a letter of recommendation in which the new recruit was carefully evaluated on the basis of his military training and Islamic knowledge.
From time to time, the recruits remained under the meticulous vigilance of the Daesh commanders, who held control over their deployments, ammunition, supplies, and eventual death. Those who served in the army of terror were loyal and faithfully rewarded – or at least a reward was promised.
For example, those who managed to down an aircraft were promised a car. To destroy an enemy helicopter or drone it was possible to earn at least seven gold dinars, according to the accounting records seen by the RT Arabic.
The use of chemical weapons had far less merit for Daesh, who paid only 10 silver dinars to its fighters to use a chemical warfare agent. Mustard gas and other toxic substances were used near the Kirkuk, Fallujah and Tikrit areas, according to an Iraqi investigation into the use of chemical weapons reports.
Thousands of fighters, along with their families, joined the Daesh at the height of the group’s activity in Iraq and Syria. Most of them came from inside Iraq, while others came from all over the region and Europe, Iraqi Army intelligence reports maintained.
“You can talk about hundreds of thousands of people, including the families of terrorists – wives and children who were illegally smuggled into Iraqi territory,” said Lieutenant Colonel Jaber Assad.