ISIS may have lost territory to coalition forces over the past few months, but no fewer than 43 terrorist groups around the world have pledged allegiance – or are offering support – to the extremist Muslim murderous organization.
Ban Ki-Moon added that the number of ISIS-supporters is expected to increase in 2016. He said that ISIS poses “an unprecedented threat,” because of its ability to attract support from terrorist groups in countries such as the Philippines, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Libya and Nigeria.
“The recent expansion of the [Daesh] sphere of influence across west and north Africa, the Middle East and south and southeast Asia demonstrates the speed and scale at which the gravity of the threat has evolved in just 18 months,” said Ban.
Daesh is also the world’s wealthiest terrorist organization, according to the UN chief. It is estimated to have generated $400-$500 million from oil and oil related products in 2015, despite an embargo. In addition, Daesh exacts taxes on trucks entering the territory its control, to the tune of nearly $1 billion a year.
IntelCenter, a private counter-terrorism company, recently released a list of 43 ISIS-supporting terrorist organizations. Six of them are from Algeria, five from the Philippines, and four each from Pakistan and Libya. Syria, Egypt and Tunisia have three each, while Russia and three other Muslim countries have two each.
Among the terrorist groups that support ISIS are: The Soldiers of the Caliphate (Algeria), Jundullah (Pakistan), Martyrs of al-Yarmouk Brigade (Syria), Boko Haram (Nigeria), and CE Nokhchico Wilayat (Russia).
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