Amid declining profits, the Daesh terrorist organization* has reportedly started to invest in legal businesses to keep on financing its activity, head of the Federal Security Service’s (FSB) intelligence information and international relations service, Sergey Beseda, said Monday.

Profits of the Daesh terrorist organization in Russia have gone down 90 percent since 2014 to $200 million — $300 million a year, Beseda said.

“If we compare those financial receipts that were in 2014 and were estimated at about $3 billion, then now ISIL [Daesh] militants manage to get $200-300 million a year,” Beseda said at an international conference on efforts to counter illegal arms supply in the context of the fight against international terrorism.

He said the Daesh started investing money in legal businesses to finance its further activity.
In addition, Daesh is training and redeploying sabotage and terrorist groups to Europe, Central Asia, and Russia, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (SCO RATS) executive committee deputy head Dzhumakhon Giyesov revealed on Monday during international conference on efforts to counter illegal arms supply in the context of the fight against international terrorism.

“The successful suppression of hotbeds in Syria forced the remaining militants to redeploy and their leaders to activate their foreign affiliates. Special structures created by ISIL [Daesh] recruit, train and redeploy sabotage and terrorist groups to Europe, Central, Southeast Asia and Russia,” Giyesov said.

Earlier, Russian envoy to the UN Vasily Nebenzya stressed that Daesh made a series of attempts to invest money “into legitimate business ventures abroad.”

He also noted that the terrorist group was losing access to the rich oil and natural gas deposits in the country as a result of successful military operations implemented by the Syrian Arab Army and its Russian allies.

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In April, media reports stated that Daesh had managed to seize oil fields in the province of Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria, which was its former key stronghold, with the group using its oil fields to raise funds for its terror state.


Source: Sputnik

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  1. Still 10% too much.
    I still maintain that :
    1.) At a certain point, when Daesh and other roups were at their heit in manpower, despite it’d had been more costly, the low intensity warfare everybody including Russia applied should have been violently raised to really high intensity at least for a few days, exactly on the same pattern air-marshal Eshel wanted to apply, in other terms, launching about 200-250 jets and a hundred choppers, all loaded with rocket pods, each rocket fit with a laser guidance kit and each squadron doing 3-4 missions a day, more if possible (e.g. Rafales can be pushed to 10-11 missions), then creating real “no drive zones” and taking off any opportunity target.
    There are systems to locate where artillery/mortar shells come from, magnetic detection of armoured vehicles etc etc…
    2.) Razzias on funders/backers abroad should have been synchronised, no matter if football stadiums have to be used as improvised jails. Many could have been busted through social medias
    3.) Some lessons from Afgha, Iraq, etc haven’t been learnt.
    Equipment projects which would have been far more efficient have been forgotten or dismissed if not trashed, e.g.
    – Sen. McCain torpedoed the reintroduction of OV-10 Bronco by DEVGRU. DEVGRU modernised two and tested ’em for 3 months in Iraq. Boeing was OK to restart the production of a NG version. During the tests in Iraq, OV-10 “NG” proved itself as efficient as a F-15 for $1k per hour and they didn’t even reintroduced the 20mm underbelly gun turret.
    – Russia forgot the Aeroproress 710 : a kind of Bronco on steroids conceived for Afgha.
    – No Russian MALE armed UCAV
    – Russia dismissed the Ugroza guidance kit for S-series rockets. Just consider that the small S-5 s on par with a RPG-7 grenade, more than enough to blast a ‘technical’ and can be loaded n pods of 32… S-8 is on par with a Kornet, S-13 bust bunkers and would blast any MBT. Range of these old rockets should also be extended to 8-10km using modern fuel, nevertheless, Russia was the 1st country to show such kits and threw these under the bus while all western armies and many others have adopted equivalents.
    – US-Navy conceived the fire’n’forget $5k LOGIR kit. This was scrapped for the laserbeam riding $30k APKWS-II… Sorry, but ending with a $33k Hydra70 guided rocket to shoot ‘technicals’ is stupid! Moreover, you have to wait the hit to shoot another rocket, no way to do 72 launches to take out a column in a few seconds seconds while with LOGIR, EOTS can track many target and automatically point the laser, LOGIR acquiring the target this way then memorising the shape and going after… As for the reboot of OV-10, thanks to fücking lobbying.
    – Classic calibers like 5.56x45NATO, 7.62x51NATO, 7.62x39ru, 5.45x39ru and 7.62x54ru should be abandoned for a unified caliber like .243WSSM : can fit in all 5.56NATO riffles and greaty extends range, even over 7.62×51 or 7.62×54. Note that now all new Kalashs are proposed in 5.56NATO. Due to the Afgha experience, Russia was also successfully testing a unified 6x49mm caliber to replace its 3 habitual calibers
    This would end the mass production of classic calibers, rendering ammos for all habitual military riffles around becoming very expensive and non modified/rebarrelled riffles useless with the new rounds… When they’ll end with the box of 10 AK-47/74 rounds at $25 while they pay their militiamen/jihadists/mercenaries $5 or $10 a day, these will sell their bulets instead of shooting, hehe! Especially if govt is purchasing these for a nice 2nd hand price…
    How to neutralise the 100 millions Kalashs and millions of other riffles around by cutting the mass production of their ammos.
    Moreover, new rounds need high quality barrels with the internal chrome-lined. The village’s gunsmith can’t do this and so customised riffles will end with worn barrels due to mach3-4 bullets.
    – Same should be done for 9mm Luger and 9mm Makarov. .25 Garin should replace and let’s depart from pistols and SMGs, replacing them by PDWs of MP-7/STK CPW shape/weight.
    Due to mass production end, ubiquitous 9mm Luger rounds price would skyrocket.
    .25 Garin is a wildcat made from .30carbine used in WW2 US M1 carbine. Performances are on par with AK-74’s 5.45ru while it’s a pistol sized round.
    – XM395 guided mortar shell should be considered as a cheap small aerial bomb to be carried in numbers. It’s about the 10th of the price of a SDB-II or Hellfire
    – Some Rutan designs like Long-EZ, Cozy etc are public domain and are extremely cheap to build with a near-artisan industry. Pakistan created an UCAV version of Long-EZ named Burak (LOL, the name of a flying-donkey with human face from some stupid legend! Ridiculous!). Cessna 150 engine, fibreglass over moulds and great performances. Rutan designs rock. If one except the high tech system, building a brand new Long-E can cost less than $100k and fly up to 5000-7700km at 250-350km/h+ depending on versions…

    =>By proceeding this way, proliferation of small arms will become a problem : any mass purchase of old stockpiles becoming suspect. By only selling rounds and weapons to states and marking batches differently for any, any state arming terrorists would end grilled…
    90-95% of people killed in wars, including civilians, end killed by small arms, thanks to the irresponsible proliferation during the cold-war, especially by the Soviets. If people are bio-degradable, riffles aren’t, you still even find WW2 Nazi Stg-44 in Afgha which is the #1 market for the legacy 7.92kurz used in this very 1st assault riffle (and frankly, being highly pried by collectors in the US, an Afghan family would make a living for 10 years selling it!).
    Add also that the use of .243WSSM (or 6x49ru) and .25 Garin would outgun any user of legacy calibers. A bullpup AR with a 64cm barrel would end more accurate at 1km than a .300 Winchester-Magnum (Chris Kyle’s favourite) while having no more recoil than an AK-47 or AKM…

    Note that the goal of assymetric war may not be, for the proxies’ handlers, be to win, but to lead the state having to fight it into ending bankrupt.
    No surprise that CJTF/OIR or Russia, but also the Saudis in Yemen, all opted for a low intensity slow warfare that doesn’t costs a lot more than the drills of their armies…
    Unfortunately, populations suffer a lot and for years…
    The measures and weaponry I highlight would drasticly reduce the costs of way more intensive operations at the level of low intensity warfare. In fact, to have effect, it’d force proxies’ handler to spend way way much more and arm militias like a regular army with air-force, air defences etc or else ending with proxies rapidly terminated, in other terms, they’d end with no other way than entering a real war of aggression that’d immediately end sanctioned at UNSC level.
    A modernised OV-10 Bronco could easily carry 110-120 guided aerial rockets and create a 3000km²+ “no drive zone” for 8-10 hours where any vehicle would end blasted in a minute time while stayin out of range for AA-Guns and ManPADS. With 30 aircraft, you cover more than 30,000km² 24/7. Perfect air support for a land army cleansing terrorists/mercenaries in the case of Syria, Iraq, Libya, etc, while such asset can replace choppers and A-10 in tank-hunting role in a classic warfare pattern and for cheaper…