by Dr. Richard Sauder, Intellihub:
According to reports from the region, Al-Sham and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have seized control Mosul and are now imposing strict guidelines amongst the indigenous populace of 600,000 plus. Not to mention the ISIS has already seized at least $425M in cash and gold bullion along with a slew of light and heavy weaponry further establishing a foothold in the region.
According to Charles Lister:
ISIS has substantial roots in Mosul, where it managed to remain a potent force during and after the U.S. troop “surge.” The group has recently been raising $1 million-$2 million per month in Mosul through an intricate extortion network. This reality, plus Mosul’s proximity to ISIS positions in eastern Syria, made the city a natural launching ground for this shock offensive in Iraq, which is ultimately aimed at Baghdad.
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