Humanitarian Aid Being Diverted To ISIS Forces
US Humanitarian Aid Going To ISIS
Jamie Dettmer of The Daily Beast reports that food and medical supplies are being diverted to ISIS, the distribution networks are paying ISIS ‘taxes’ and putting ISIS people on their payrolls.
Due to inefficient oversight by the UN, which is distributing the aid, it is being used to bribe ISIS fighters, a source tells Dettmer.
“The convoys have to be approved by ISIS and you have to pay them: the bribes are disguised and itemized as transportation costs,” says an aid coordinator who spoke to The Daily Beast on the condition of anonymity.
“The kickbacks are either paid by foreign or local non-governmental organizations tasked with distributing the aid, or by the Turkish or Syrian transportation companies contracted to deliver it,” he writes, adding that it means “ISIS doesn’t have to divert cash from its war budget to help feed the local population or the displaced persons, allowing it to focus its resources exclusively on fighters and war making, say critics of the aid.”
Meanwhile, the US has started air dropping aid to Syrian Kurds.
Foreign Policy reports on how preventing ISIS from continuing to steal ancient artifacts could cut off a big part of the group’s funding.
The French legal system is out of step and too slow to deal with the nature of today’s war against terrorism, reports The Wall Street Journal.
NPR’s Rachel Martin interviews former Lt. Col. John Nagl, whose counter-insurgency manual helped shape U.S. strategy in Iraq.