The richest terrorist group in history is financed not just by smuggling oil and selling looted antiquities. It may get as much as a billion dollars a year from taxation on individuals and businesses subject to a system of brutal enforcement. While increased bombing may deplete oil revenues, beatings and even beheadings are taking a toll on formerly middle class people. We hear about a model of governance that could threaten the sustainability of the Islamic State from the inside.
How Long Can the Islamic State Stay in Business?
Matthew Rosenberg - New York Times - @mrosenbergNYT, Yasser Alhaji - Syrian journalist - @yasseralhaji1, Michael D. Weiss - Daily Beast / The Interpreter - @michaeldweiss, Patrick B. Johnston - RAND Corporation - @JOHNSTON