For some reason, I never thought of the Islamic State AKA ISIS as an entity that actually pays its troops to do what it does, but an article in CNN Money today says that the extremist group is cutting salaries in half.
ISIS made $40 million a month in oil sales in early 2015, and the group, which acts as a government in large swaths of Iraq, also collects taxes from the citizenry. But the United States and its allies have been dropping bombs on ISIS left and right, and that has wreaked havoc on the group’s bottom line.
ISIS soldiers earn between $400 and $1,200 a month, plus a $50 stipend for their wives and $25 for each child, according to the Congressional Research Service. But with the group under siege by various governments and their armed forces, that pay has been cut in half.