Al Qaeda is Now the Richest Terrorist Group in the World


Obama claimed Al Qaeda was dead and Detroit was doing fine. Now Al Qaeda controls a larger territory than Detroit and has more money than Detroit.

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (Isis) has become the richest terror group ever after looting 500 billion Iraqi dinars – the equivalent of $429m (£256m) – from Mosul’s central bank, according to the regional governor.

Nineveh governor Atheel al-Nujaifi confirmed Kurdish televison reports that Isis militants had stolen millions from numerous banks across Mosul. A large quantity of gold bullion is also believed to have been stolen.

Following the siege of the country’s second city, the bounty collected by the group has left it richer than al-Qaeda itself and as wealthy as small nations such as Tonga, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands and the Falkland Islands.

But don’t worry, John Kerry is “deeply concerned”.

The US State Department has released a statement saying that it is “deeply concerned” by the Islamist militants’ siege of Mosul.

“The situation remains extremely serious. Senior U.S. officials in both Washington and Baghdad are tracking events closely in coordination with the Government of Iraq,” the statement read.

“The United States stands with the Iraqi people,” it continued.

Just wait till Obama rolls out another hashtag. #Bringbackourhalfabilliondollars.

  • De Doc

    I think al-Qaeda’s steroid infused offspring, ISIS, has just reached critical mass. Any bets when their boots hit the streets of Baghdad?

    • Demetrius Minneapolis

      Is this on the Vega’s line? I think ISIS will continue south from Tikrit to about 40 miles of north Baghdad. They have their forces in Falluja to the east so they can take their time. Shutting down the electricity, water treatment will place Maliki into a position where he will have to act first.
      So I’m guessing a week from Friday – put me down for $10 US – if I lose, I’ll pay up in five years whereas it’ll only cost me two bottle caps!
      At this point there’s no reason for Al Qaeda to rush, they already have accomplished more than most would have thought in such a short time. Afghanistan will go the same way.
      By the way, where is al-Sadr and his bada$$, 60,000 strong militia now? I’m looking for the final epic showdown and without him present, it just won’t be the same :-)
      And to the few Iraqi military members I had the pleasure of assisting before leaving, I can only ask “como estais amigos?

  • Hard Little Machine

    Does Zillow list in Saudi Arabia? Because that’s where ex President Obama and his family will live.

    • Pete

      This will not happen. Obama is making such a mess of foreign policy by not keeping the balance of power, by not maintaining Pax Americana that the Saudi royals hold him in utter disgust.

      I don’t think Obama will be welcome in Harlem. He will retire to some gated, white community like Martha Vinyard, the Hamptons, or Hawaii. It will be somewhere safe.

      Two and half years is a long time.

  • Pete

    Al Qaeda also captured numerous Humvees and some Blackhawk helicopters.

    What I want to know is if they will also capture the F16 fighters we are sending to Iraq. Will we gift those F16s to Al Qaeda so to speak?

    • Drakken

      Can you see Haji trying to fly a chopper much less try to get a F-16 off the ground?

      • Pete

        I do see the Iraqis getting them off the ground and making bombing and strafing runs.

        I do believe that Americans or others could do better with the same equipment. It all has to do with training , morale and attitude.

        I have the book Outnumbered by Cormac O’Brien. As I was waking up this morning the number of (purported) combatants on both sides hit me. 800 to 30,000. That is 1 to 37.5. The rule of thumb for attacking is that you want 3 to 1. I don’t think that has sunk with many in the media. Why would it? They eschew knowledge and study of military science.

        The Middle East needs to change their culture. As they say the fish rots from the head down. People are not going to fight if their leaders are not going to fight or if they are just going to run a kleptocracy.

  • Pete

    I do not expect Al Qaeda to succeed this go around. I really don’t.

    Al Qaeda forms up to march on Baghdad, gathering up Iraqi Sunni rebels. Maliki cries treason

    However, I rightly do not know. I expect Iranian intervention to kick Al Qaeda back and probably out of Mosul. This will put a lot of strain on the Iranian regime. People might rise up if many soldiers are pulled into Iraq and Syria and the war is protected. However with substantial victories a lot of Iranians could fall into line and the ayatollahs could see substantial support at home as wealth pours in. It is human nature.

    The problem with Maliki and Obama is they are vicious political fighters but they will not put their own skin in the game. The Iraqi military from Maliki on down to the 2nd lieutenants are not risking their skins.That makes the Iraqi military brittle. A million man army might be enough to limit Al Qaeda gains, but brittle armies are not something to bet on.

    I really feel bad for Putin and the Chechens. So few Chechens and so much to do. Syria, Afghanistan Crimea, Chechnya, Dagestan, Iraq, Boston, …

    • Drakken

      You forgot one very important detail, the Kurds, and they are on the march as we speak, if it looks like Iran will march on Bagdad or Mosul, the Kurds will go whole hog and take all of the north including the oil fields and the large refinery as they just took Tirkrit.

      • Pete

        Some of the land they will take or try to take is land that Sadam Hussein ethnically cleansed them from in the 1980s.

        I’ll be rooting for them.

  • Gee

    Guess that they won’t be needing to much more US aid then

  • wileyvet

    Typical Muhammadans stealing other peoples money and goods to fund Jihad. Just like the good old days of A.D. 622. Don’t forget to give 20% to Allah.

  • glpage

    How much will Pakistan or North Korea charge for a nuke?

  • USARetired

    And with Obama.s help, that margin will be widening!

  • truebearing

    Bush tried and the enemy died.
    Obama connives and the enemy thrives.

  • David Henderson

    The US should have left Saddam Hussein in power. All the US has done is hand Iraq over the Al Qaeda on a silver plater. Al Qaeda would not have been about to just walk in and take over Iraq like this. But the US cleaned the way for them to do just that. And now Al Qaeda is the richest terrorist group in the world thanks mostly to the US. I wonder how much of that money is from the US. I am staring to wonder if Obama is a member of Al Qaeda. I know that is a stretch but it makes one think.

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