I have been writing and talking about in my podcast about the Islamic State in Iraq. Each week since the terror group have taken over the Iraqi city of Mosul, recruiting has been going up. Each week there are hundreds of people joining the Islamic State from every continent. It appears now that the Islamic State has new rules when joining their group. To join IS you must have an endorsement from a well-known radical sheikh or leader in Egypt, Jordan, the gulf or England. You must not wear clothes that reveal religious ideals, smoking cigarettes, no religious books and have enough money for the road. I guess the Islamic State is not funding the travel expenses to join them.
One of the ways the Islamic State funds their operations is oil smuggling among other things like robbery, kidnap and ransom, drug and weapons smuggling, and taxing business in Iraq and Syria. Recently, the Iraqi Ministry of Finance has stated that the Islamic State is selling Iraqi oil for $20 a barrel.
On Monday, the Kuwait News Agency is reporting that the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) possibly wounded in an airstrike near Mosul. Al-Baghdadi’s two personal guards and members in the terror group killed in the attack. The Iraqi intelligence services had relayed the information of the attack to the Iraqi Interior Ministry. You want to take this information with a grain of salt until we get other independent reporting on this attack.
Iran is now willing to help the Iraqi government to defeat the Islamic State. Iran Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri said in meetings “In the face of terrorism; we must use all means; Iran is ready to place all of its abilities at Iraq’s disposal.” Jahangiri met with the former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Tehran to discuss the Islamic State. Iran is not an official member of the U.S. coalition in Iraq.