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Syria and Iraq Audio Analysis: The Islamic State, Hostages, and the Money to Run A “State”

Syria and Iraq Audio Analysis: The Islamic State, Hostages, and the Money to Run A “State”
January 29
09:09 2015

PHOTO: Japanese journalist Kenji Goto holds up a photo of fellow Islamic State hostage, Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh

On Wednesday the Jordanian Government said it would exchange an Iraqi woman, imprisoned since 2005 under a death sentence, for the pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh, held by the Islamic State and threatened with execution.

As the negotiations continued, I spoke with BBC Hereford and Worcester about a wider issue: how is the Islamic State using the hostages as part of the effort to fund and run a “State” across its territory in Iraq and Syria?

Listen to discussion from 1:14.51

The Islamic State is trying to establish itself as a true “State”. It is not just “terrorist” — they are trying to set up administrations in cities and towns across Syria and Iraq. They have to run public services; they have to provide schools and hospitals; they have to provide security, as well as support their military. It takes a lot of money to do this….

At the end of the day, money rules — whether you are the Islamic State or whether you are a Government.

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Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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  1. Amir in Tel Aviv
    Amir in Tel Aviv January 29, 12:16

    [and beyond]

    Not sure you will read about it in the international media.

    Sara, the lunatic wife of our disturbed PM, sells used bottles (which are state / PM house – property) to receive the 0.30 NIS – recycling reword.

    When this is discovered, she returns 4000 NIS to state coffer. More crazy than this?


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  2. RedTornadoes
    RedTornadoes January 29, 15:26

    Re: “At the end of the day, money rules.”

    As Putin is to find out. Putin’s fellow thug, Ayatollah Khoumeini, also had the same naive attitutide. “Economics is for donkeys,” he said.

    Reply to this comment

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