According to a new document released by the Treasury Ministry, ISIS has decided to cut the salaries of all its fighters in half due to the exceptional circumstances.
The circumstances due to which the action is taken are likely to be related to the massive, intensified airstrikes launched by the international coalition against ISIS. The strikes are beginning to take a toll on them especially since the American-led coalition and the Russians began bombing targets connected to that group’s oil smuggling operation and other economic targets.
However, distribution of Zakat, a religious obligatory tax collected for poor Muslims, will not be hampered by such a step. ISIS, whose financial situation at present is even worse than it was in December, was badly hit when the international coalition bombed the central headquarters of Bayt al-Mal in Mosul, inflicting on them a great loss of millions of dollars that were burned.
In order to deal with this damage, ISIS governor in Mosul issued a fatwa that permits ISIS soldiers to get further money by taxing the locals.