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Iraq, Isis bets on maxi ransoms to finance its survival

Isis changes the financing strategy in Iraq and increasingly focuses on kidnappings, especially in Diyala. The Islamic State sets aside flash actions to focus on longer operations, but which bring greater profits

ISIS in Iraq changes its strategy to find funding sources, necessary for the survival and expansion of its activities. Especially northeast in Diyala and Kirkuk. The militants of the Islamic State have long started a series of systematic actions to steal money from the population: from setting up false check points where “to ask” for tolls to introducing taxes and taxes for local inhabitants, to kidnappings. However, these have recently undergone a change. From flash ops. they moved on to longer-term activities, whose goal is to make greater profits. The latest case took place a few hours ago and involved two Kurdish men from Garmiyan, released after six months of captivity and paying a ransom of over $ 40,000 each. Daesh mediators contacted their families and negotiated on their release.

In the last few days, there has been a boom in kidnappings and large ransom payments. Daesh, however, does not change technique

The characteristics of the kidnappings and the ransoms paid suggest that the ISIS militiamen in northeastern Iraq have made a qualitative leap. Further confirmation is the fact that Garmiyan’s is the second case of this type, which occurred in just a week. In recent days, in fact, Daesh had released two brothers, kidnapped on the border between the provinces of Salahuddin and Diyala, after paying 70,000 dollars. In addition, nine other people were kidnapped in the area last month. The technique is always the same: members of the Islamic State, dressed in military uniforms, target small groups of civilians along roads with little traffic or through fake checkpoints. After stopping them, tied and blindfolded, they transfer them to artisanal prisons. Usually, as explained by the freed people, they are windowless basements of buildings. Finally, the kidnappers interact with the victims only with their faces covered and after blindfolding them.

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