“The Islamic State is probably the wealthiest terrorist group we’ve ever known,” saidMatthew Levitt, a former U.S. Treasury terrorism and financial intelligence official who now is director of the counterterrorism and intelligence program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “They’re not as integrated with the international financial system, and therefore not as vulnerable” to sanctions, anti-money laundering laws and banking regulations.

http://peakoil.com/publicpolicy/the-taliban-with-oil-fields-islamic-state-a-formidable-money-machine

 

 

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