Thursday, September 17, 2015
Islamic State is turning into quasi-state, with foreign assistance.
Islamic State is turning into quasi-state, with foreign assistance. (Tass).
The process of turning the terrorist group that calls itself Islamic State into a quasi-state with its own army, police, budget, taxes and social structure could never have proceeded without the outside assistance that has been pouring in from the West and the monarchies of the Persian Gulf, polled experts have told TASS.
The IS emerged as an al-Qaeda cell in Iraq in 2013. Virtually in no time it grew out of proportion to have joined the war in Syria as an actor in its own right. In the summer of 2014, IS militants stormed and seized Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, to have declared the emergence of a Caliphate stretching from Aleppo, in northern Syria, to Diyala province, in the east of Iraq, with a population of six million.
President of the Religion and Politics Institute Aleksandr Ignatenko says that when it was still embryonic, the IS received funding and instructions from several countries, mostly Qatar. Ignatenko, a member of the Presidential Council for Interaction with Religious Organisations, recalled that Qatar hosts the US armed forces command in the Middle East.
"There is documentary evidence that at a certain point, Qatar transferred to the Islamic State a lump sum of $300 million. But it is extremely difficult to track down the handover of cash or transfers through charity and human rights funds in various parts of the world. In any case, it is known that the United Arab Emirates have declared as a terrorist organisation the Karama Fund, registered in a Swiss bank in Bern, through which the IS was financed," Ignatenko told TASS.
Alongside foreign sponsors, the Islamic State has financial sources of its own, he remarks. "The IS derives mammoth profits from dumping in oil trade with Turkey and Jordan. Odd as it may seem, the government of Syria’s President Bashar Assad is forced to purchase oil for its army from the very same Islamic State at grossly overcharged prices," Ignatenko said.Read the full story here.
The discretionary fund is a special allocation for the use of the prime minister to finance covert operations with which the state may not be directly involved.
According to the law, it is a crime to reveal how money from the discretionary fund is spent and the prime minister is able to sue anyone who makes the nature of this spending public.
Therefore, it is not possible to know as to where this money was spent, except prime minister and a few select bureaucrats. Hmmm.........'Black Ops' .....Arms trading, .....Benghazi ....Lodging for the Muslim brotherhood .....Creating a Caliphate.....take your pick.
According to Serindağ, Erdoğan made TL 6.4 billion worth of discretionary expenditures during his tenure as prime minister, while the three former prime ministers -- Necmettin Erbakan, Mesut Yılmaz and Tansu Çiller -- collectively spent only TL 312 million throughout a 10-year period.Read the full story here.
Related: Turkish parliament grants 'Islamist' Pres. Erdoğan secret discretionary fund and the right to establish his own intelligence org.