In an attempt to sow seeds of terror abroad with attacks in Paris, ISIS may have sealed its own fate, while Russian President Vladimir Putin dropped a bombshell concerning the nature of the terror group.
In response to last week’s attacks in France, national leaders called for global solidarity in an effort to stamp out the Islamic State’s reign of terror. The United States, and coalition partner France, along with Russia, stepped up operations in Syria and Iraq, as France began conducting sweeping police operations within the country to round up those responsible for the heinous Friday the 13th attacks that left scores of dead and wounded.
The U.S. and Russia also increased security inside its borders after the terror group made threats against both countries, via social media, on Thursday. ISIS issued statements and videos promising retaliation for recent attacks that may have significantly harmed the group. In Thursday’s statement, the group threatened the U.S., Italy, and more attacks in France.
Meanwhile, the perplexing riddle of how ISIS continues to operate, even under crippling pressure of financial sanctions, may have finally been solved. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he has conclusive evidence that ISIS operations are being supported and funded by at least 40 different countries. While this alone may not be earth-shattering, Putin also claims that some of the nations funding ISIS are actually allies of the United States.
Putin made the announcement at the G20 summit in Turkey on Sunday and shared his intelligence with other members.
“I provided examples based on our data on the financing of different Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) units by private individuals. This money, as we have established, comes from 40 countries and, there are some of the G20 members among them,” said Putin, according to RT News.
Although the names of the individuals and countries were not released to the media, Putin’s claims mark the second head of state to publicly implicate allies of the United States in the financing of terror operations. In 2014, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accused Saudi Arabia and Qatar of funding ISIS and other terrorist groups.
If Putin’s allegations are correct, it brings up a very interesting dilemma for the United States. Since the U.S. declared its war on terrorism, it vowed to seek out terrorists wherever they hide and also promised to deal harshly with nations that sponsor terrorism.
If countries such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar are really complicit in the export of terror, how will the U.S. address it? We have seen the action it has taken toward countries like North Korea and Iran, but what can it do to combat terrorist sponsorship from states it has close ties to, like Saudi Arabia?