Women and the ISIL Phenomenon

In 2017, I wrote an article on women in the Islamic State. It was supposed to be published in an edited volume shortly thereafter, but there were delays. It will be published "very shortly"; it's a bit dated now, but I think it still makes a few contributions to the ongoing discussions about women in the Islamic State.

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Taliban Fundraising Estimates

Like any terrorist organization that is able to hold territory, the Taliban likely derives the vast majority of its funds from taxation, extortion, and protection activities. The group likely taxes any economic activity within its area of control, including drug production.

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ISIL’s Rainy Day Fund

ISIL has invested significant amounts of money internationally, which means that the group can finance its activities without arousing suspicion from reporting entities. The pre-placed funds can be used to finance travel of its operatives, attacks, and establish more extensive recruiting networks for future activities.

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ISIL financing cell in France

One of the financiers may have used his or her access to the money services business to move funds, potentially by using false names, providing incomplete information, or simply not flagging the transaction as suspicious. 

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Suspected Hizballah financing in Germany

The individuals are believed to have trafficked cocaine for a Colombian drug cartel and used their proceeds to purchase weapons for Hizballah. The cell is believed to have used some of the funds to purchase luxury goods like watches and jewelry worth €10 million.

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Islamic State continues to fundraise through kidnappings for ransom

The Islamic State has raised significant amounts of money by kidnapping and ransoming people within its area of control or influence. The group has also kidnapped foreigners and raised money through their ransom, but has also used foreigners for propaganda value in executions. The kidnapping of people in areas proximate to ongoing Islamic State control or influence will likely continue, as this lucrative source of funds provides the group with a significant financial lifeline.

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Job Opportunity: Research Analyst

Insight Threat Intelligence is looking for a research analyst to join our team on a part-time (contract) basis. The research analyst will be responsible for research using open sources (traditional media & social media, academic articles, blogs, etc) on illicit financing, terrorism, espionage, and intelligence analysis. 

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