The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, dropped a bombshell yesterday, Monday, November 16.
Putin was at the G20 meeting in Turkey where the fight against Islamic State topped the discussion. He alleged that the dreaded Islamic State (ISIS) is being financed by 40 countries which included some members of the G20 countries.
Speaking at the meeting, Putin said he had shared intelligence with the other G20 member states, which reveals that ISIS finances the majority of its terrorist activities with support from these countries and that, surprisingly, the countries include a number of G20 countries.
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According to Iraqi intelligence and U.S. officials, ISIS makes about $50 million a month from selling crude from captured oilfields in Iraq and Syria. A report by Business Insider said: “Oil sales — the extremists’ largest single source of continual income — are a key reason they have been able to maintain their rule over their self-declared “caliphate” stretching across large parts of Syria and Iraq.
On Friday, November 13, in the capital of France, ISIS killed at least 129 people in coordinated terrorist attacks.