Senior Isis leader gives televised interview revealing exactly how group amassed its fortune


A senior Isis leader has given a detailed, televised account of how the extremist group extorts those living in territories under its control to amass its vast wealth. Abu Hajjar is the man who used to act as the group’s defacto treasurer until his capture in 2014. He joined Isis in 2010 when he was wanted by the Iraqi government for his connections with al-Qaeda and took over their finances. Hajjar is currently awaiting trial in Iraq. He spoke to the BBC for their documentary This World: World’s Richest Terror Army, which examines how Isis built its estimated $2 billion fortune. He told the BBC he had agreed to talk because his interrogators had taken his family as well. “I told them,…

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