Instead of bombing

- end arms & funding to ISIS 

Where do the arms come from?

·       The Independent reports that ISIS “have smuggled in arms from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria and Eastern Europe”.

·       Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle reports “billions of dollars worth of supplies . . . crossing into Syria from NATO-member Turkey with impunity, en route to ISIS . . .”

·       Last year, the Fars News Agency reported that “Iraqi intelligence sources claimed that the US is actively and intentionally supplying ISIS . . . with resources, including sophisticated weapons”.

How is ISIS funded?

·       A few days ago Globes: Israel Business Arena citing an al-Araby report said that Kurdish and Turkish smugglers are transporting oil from ISIS controlled territory in Syria and Iraq and selling it to Israel . . . generating $1-1.5 million daily profit for ISIS . . . The Islamic State group has told al-Araby that it did not intentionally sell oil to Israel, blaming agents along the route to international markets”.

·       The London Review of Books reported that Richard Dearlove, the former head of MI6, said that the “Saudi and Qatari aid, usually through private donations, was central to the ISIS takeover of Sunni provinces in northern Iraq”.

·       Salon reports that “The U.S. Treasury Department believes money is being raised in Kuwait and Qatar for ISIL as well al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front”.

·       The Independent reports that “At first, the governments of the Persian kingdoms openly gave money to the opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, including Isis. This has since become politically and diplomatically incorrect – but large amounts of money still find its way to Isis from wealthy individuals from the Persian gulf”.

Who else is helping ISIS?

·       In December 2014, Jerusalem Post reported the findings of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) that “Israel had been working closely with the Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights”.  YNET reports that “It is likely that most if not all of these . . . rebels [are] from the rival jihadist Islamic State and al-Nusra Front groups”.

Surely the security forces know who is funding, supplying, arming and buying from ISIS, and could propose how to block the money, arms and especially oil?  All this information should be available to MPs before they vote on whether to bomb in Syria.

PAYDAY - men working with the Global Women’s Strike           4 December 2015