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Iraq crisis: how do Isis’s cash and assets compare with other military spending? | News | theguardian.com

The Iraqi rebel group could now have up to $2.38bn in cash and assets to spend after a series of victories in the north of the country. We look at how far that money could go

 

Currency being exchanged in the Qaysari Market on June 15, 2014 in Erbil, Iraq. The military group Isis, which now controls the city of Mosul, could have acquired over $2bn in cash and assets.

Currency being exchanged in the Qaysari Market on June 15, 2014 in Erbil, Iraq. The military group Isis, which now controls the city of Mosul, could have acquired over $2bn in cash and assets. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

 

A series of documents discovered after an arrest has helped expose the finances of the Iraqi insurgent group Isis (the Islamic state in Iraq and the Levant), which seized control of the cities of Mosul and Tikrit last week.

 

[…] Any number in the billions obviously seems a lot, so we took a detailed look at how that compares with other military spending.

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Irakische Regierung kämpft gegen Isis-Horrorbilder im Internet | SPIEGEL ONLINE

Hinrichtungsszenen: Iraks Regierung blockiert Massaker-Bilder im Internet

 

Propagandamaterial: Angebliche Verhaftung von Soldaten durch Isis-Kämpfer

DPA Propagandamaterial: Angebliche Verhaftung von Soldaten durch Isis-Kämpfer

 

Begehen die Islamisten im Irak grausame Massaker an ihren Gegnern? Im Internet brüsten sich die Kämpfer mit angeblichen Gräueltaten. Die irakische Regierung in Bagdad will nun die Verbreitung von Horrorbildern verhindern.

 

Bagdad – Im Kampf gegen die islamistische Terrorgruppe Isis versucht die irakische Regierung offenbar, Teile des Internet zu blockieren. Martin Frank, Chef des im Irak tätigen Providers IQ Network, sagte der Nachrichtenagentur AP, die Behörden hätten die Sperrung von Seiten wie YouTube, Facebook und Twitter angeordnet. Am Sonntag seien die Vorgaben verschärft worden. In von Isis-Rebellen eingenommenen Städten wie Mossul wurde der Internetverkehr laut Frank komplett unterbrochen.

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Russia on Iraq: ‘We told you so’ | The Washington Post

 

An image made available on the jihadist Web site Wilayat Salahuddin on June 11 shows an explosion as militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria allegedly seize an Iraqi army checkpoint in the northern province of Salahuddin. (Agence France-Presse via Getty Images)

 

„We are greatly alarmed by what is happening in Iraq. We warned long ago that the affair that the Americans and the Britons stirred up there wouldn’t end well,“ Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday, according to Voice of Russia. He also described the Iraq war as a „total failure“ and said Russia was sorry that its forecasts had come true.

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As jihadists take aim at Baghdad, Iran steps in to help historical foe | Fox News

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Sept. 22, 2011: Members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard march during a parade to commemorate the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88) in Tehran.Reuters

 

Iran is coming to the aid of its historic nemesis, sending elite fighters to Iraq in the wake of a Sunni insurgency that has claimed two key northern cities and now threatens Baghdad, Fox News has learned.

 

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After U.S.-trained security forces dropped their weapons and fled their posts in Mosul, the regime in Baghdad has reason to fear for its survival, an intelligence official said.

 

“Baghdad is going to be overrun,“ he said. „The Green Zone is going down.”

 

Although Iran and Iraq were at war in the 1980s, both the Maliki regime and the rulers in Tehran are Shi’ite, and Iran does not want a fanatical jihadist takeover of its neighbor.

 

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ISIS, a Sunni Islamic jihadi group, which is an offshoot of Al Qaeda, has gained control of geopolitically vital cities in both Syria and Iraq over the last year. It considers Shi’ite Muslims heretics that must be killed at the sword. Its goal is to cleanse Iraq from its Shiite influences.

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Mossul: Dschihadisten nehmen 48 Geiseln in türkischem Konsulat | SPIEGEL ONLINE

Irak: Massenflucht vor dem Terror der Isis

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Dschihadisten im Nordirak haben die türkische Vertretung in Mossul gestürmt und 48 Geiseln genommen – darunter den Konsul. Auch in die Stadt Tikrit sind die militanten Islamisten eingedrungen.

 

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Hatz auf religiöse Minderheiten im Irak

 

Am Mittwoch setzten die Isis-Terroristen ihren Vormarsch im Irak fort. Seit dem Vormittag kontrollieren die Milizionäre die größte Öl-Raffinerie des Landes in Baidschi. Am Nachmittag stürmten die militanten Islamisten auch die nördlich von Bagdad gelegene Stadt Tikrit, den Geburtsort von Ex-Diktator Saddam Hussein. Wie schon in Mossul am Tag zuvor stürmten die Eroberer das Gefängnis der Stadt und befreiten hunderte Häftlinge.

 

Die irakischen Regierungstruppen ließen bei ihrer Flucht aus Mossul zum Teil modernstes Kriegsgerät zurück: Auf dem Flughafen der Stadt erbeuteten die Dschihadisten mindestens einen Black-Hawk-Kampfhubschrauber. Außerdem fielen den Isis-Kämpfern Artilleriegeschütze und Humvee-Geländewagen in die Hände.

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