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Iraq bomb & extortion network news

October 27, 2009

As Money Jihad speculated yesterday, the Al Qaeda group known as the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s bomb blasts in Baghdad.

In separate news on Iraq’s terrorist bomb network, Iraqi security forces have arrested 14 Al Qaeda suspects in Fallujah and Kirkuk four days ago.

This follows news of 49 arrests of ISI-linked “extortion emirs” in Mosul earlier this month.  Coalition forces described the extortion activity:

The suspects are part of an ISI-led terrorist group that extorts money from innocent people by threatening violence against them. People typically targeted by the extortion network include those who own or work at construction sites and local businesses, although individuals at their private residences have been victims as well. ISI extortionists then use the stolen money to fund terrorist attacks against Iraqi civilians and security forces.

On October 18, UPI reported that, “In eastern Mosul, Iraqi soldiers arrested a suspect while searching for the leader of an oil extortion network, MNF said. Intelligence reports indicated the suspect was tied to extortion-related assassinations.”

Why the push into busting up the extortion network around Mosul?  According to our Coalition, “The Mosul extortion network is being targeted because it helps fund the entire ISI network…”

Here’s a simple message to our soldiers and Iraqi security forces involved in all these recent arrests:  keep up the good work!

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2 comments

  1. […] financial recovery has been marked by a slight shift away from reliance on local extortion networks (although those are still in effect), improved organizational and financial management by ISIS […]


  2. […] financial recovery has been marked by a slight shift away from reliance on local extortion networks (although those are still in effect), improved organizational and financial management by ISIS […]



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