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Daesh pay cut causes anger within group


The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported yesterday that anger over a pay cut has spread across Daesh's ranks in the suburbs of Deir ez-Zor. The cut will reduce pay from $100 to $50 per month.

The pay cut was reportedly also accompanied by cuts to the food allowance for those working at headquarters, from $2 to $0.50.

According to sources quoted by the SOHR, the reason behind the pay cut is the "severe shortage" in the organisation's financial funds.

The source attributed the shortage to the airstrikes by the international coalition and also Russian and Syrian strikes carried out against Daesh and the oil facilities which it uses to fund its operations.

In mid-January this year, activists from SOHR managed to obtain a copy of a memo issued by the organisation's Beit al-Mal or treasury which was distributed to the organisation's members and military, legislative and security agencies.

The memo stated: "Due to extraordinary circumstances, it has been decided to reduce the pay of all fighters by half. No one will be exempt from this decision, regardless of their ranks. Food supplies will continue to be distributed twice a month as usual."

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