Islamic State’s Financial Chief Killed in Air Strike
The US military sources have confirmed that, Abu Saleh, the Islamic State’s finance chief was killed in a coalition air strike last month. According to Colonel Steve Warren, the military spokesman, Saleh was one of the most senior and experienced members of the group’s financial network. Abu Saleh is described as a 42 year old Iraqi, in the State Department terrorist list. His real name is said to be Muwaffaq Mustafa Muhammad al-Karmush.
Two other men in the IS fund raising networks also were killed in the coalition air strikes. They were identified as Abu Mariam, an enforcer and senior leader in IS extortion networks, and Abu Waqman al-Tunis, who coordinated IS’s transfer of people, weapons and information. Warren said, “Killing him and his predecessors exhausts the knowledge and talent needed to coordinate funding within the organization.
The US led coalition forces is coming heavily on the Islamic State, especially after the group carried out a dastardly attack in Paris last month. IS is said to be the wealthiest militant group of its kind in history. It mainly streams the revenue from oil sales, sale of antiquities, extortion, and thus having a durable and resilient financial portfolio. The US official statements estimate the group’s earning to be around $47 million per month. The coalition has also started a military campaign ‘Tidal Wave-2’ under which precision strikes against IS’s key energy assets are carried out.
US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told a Senate hearing on Wednesday said ,”We want this expeditionary targeting force to make ISIL and its leaders wonder when they go to bed at night, who’s going to be coming in the window.”
However Mr. Warren said it was too early to tell what the impact of the strikes had been and that it was similar to a boxing match.