The US-led coalition on Tuesday said that ISIS continues to make revenue from fines and taxies levied on residents of areas under the group’s control.
“While Daesh still uses its own issued currency, the dirham, for taxes, it continues to accept US dollars and Syrian pounds as well,” the coalition said in a statement, using another acronym for ISIS.
“This likely points to Daesh’s inability to manage its money supply as it loses ground and faces growing numbers of internally displaced persons in its territory,” it added.
Moreover, the US-led coalition said that ISIS is still using the oil fields in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zor province for internal consumption.
“Daesh still draws oil from fields in Deir ez-Zor Province, likely for internal distribution and consumption, which provides Daesh another source of income from residents. This oil may also be sold to the Syrian regime,” the coalition said.
The statement also said that ISIS is trying to undermine the campaign of Raqqa by spreading rumours of Tabqa Dam collapse.
“On 28 March, Daesh patrols with megaphones visited towns and communities west of Raqqa City in order to inform them that the Tabqa Dam was ‘almost certainly going to collapse’ as a consequence of Coalition bombing,” it said.
“Daesh repeated this tactic on 29 March in Raqqa City itself. Many residents fled due to this news, with Daesh amplifying this reaction by warning that the flood would kill thousands. Through its fear-mongering among residents, Daesh apparently hopes to place pressure on the Coalition to de-escalate its air campaign against the group,” the coalition stated.
“Daesh is trying to push the narrative that the Coalition intentionally targets civilian installations such as the Tabqa Dam for internal audiences, seeking to alleviate bombing around Tabqa City and potentially prepare a false-flag operation,” the US-led coalition concluded.
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News
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