Syrian militants have made millions of dollars selling captured ISIS terrorists back to their counties of origin with some factions holding hundreds of the fighters hoping to cash in on the trade, IB Times reported.

The Financial Times reported jihadi groups, some of which have been armed by the US and the UK, have moved into areas of the wartime economy previously inhabited by human traffickers and smugglers and that as ISIS has lost territory, its fighters have become highly prized commodities, fetching at least $50,000, and even claims of upwards of millions of dollars.

Money can also be earned from ISIS defectors who pay to be smuggled out of ISIS territory and beyond. It can cost $10,000 (£8,200) for a fighter to leave Isis-controlled regions and a further $10,000 to enter Turkey, the IB Times report continued.

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