ISIS Cuts Fighters' Pay By 50%, Cites "Exceptional Circumstances"

Tyler Durden's picture

As anyone who holds a “non-supervisory” job in America’s double-adjusted “recovery” is acutely aware, wage growth is missing in action in the US.

Your boss may have gotten a raise, but you probably didn’t and if the number of multiple job holders is any indication, America’s rapid transformation from middle class utopia to feudal system is likely to continue unabated for the foreseeable future.

Of course it’s not just Americans who are forced to deal with economic realities like the soaring cost of housing on wages that never rise.

There’s the Japanese for instance, who have discovered that all of Abe’s “arrows” have failed to hit their mark.

And then there’s ISIS, whose cash flow has been constrained thanks to hundreds of airstrikes against its oil infrastructure carried out by a determined Vladimir Putin.

According to a translation of a document posted by Middle East Forum research fellow Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, Islamic State just cut its fighters’ pay in half citing “exceptional circumstances.” The original document and full translation is below.

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Lowering of salaries for fighters by 50%

Islamic State

Bayt Mal al-Muslimeen

Wilayat al-Raqqa

Decision no.: n/a

Month of Safr 1437 AH [c. November-December 2015]

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

God Almighty has said: "Go forth, lightly or heavily armed. And wage jihad with your wealth and souls in the path of God. That is best for you if you know" (al-Tawba 41) [Qur'an 9:41]. And on the authority of Anas (may God be pleased with him): that the Prophet (SAWS) said: "Wage jihad against the mushrikeen with your wealth, souls & tongues"- Musnad Ahmad: Musnad Anas Malek (11798).

Jihad of wealth has been mentioned with jihad of soul in the Qur'an in ten cases, and in nine of those cases jihad of wealth has been presented beforehand over jihad of the soul, and only in one case has jihad of the soul been presented beforehand over jihad of wealth. And on the authority of Omar bin al-Khattab (may God be pleased with him): "The Messenger of God (SAWS) ordered us to give charity and that coincided with the time I had some wealth. So I said: 'Today I will outdo Abu Bakr, if ever I have outdone him.' So I came with half of my wealth, and so the Messenger of God (SAWS) said: 'What have you left for your family?' I said: 'The same amount.' And Abu Bakr came with all he had, so he said: 'Oh Abu Bakr, what have you left for your family?' He said: 'I have left for them God and His Messenger.' I said: 'By God, I can never outdo him in anything.'" (muttafiq alayhi).

So on account of the exceptional circumstances the Islamic State is facing, it has been decided to reduce the salaries that are paid to all mujahideen by half, and it is not allowed for anyone to be exempted from this decision, whatever his position. Let it be known that work will continue to distribute provisions twice every month as usual.

And God is the guarantor of success.

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It's curious that no "salary" cuts were necessary during the 14 months the US spent "degrading and destroying" the group but are suddenly needed just three months into Russia's bombing campaign.

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all-priced-in's picture

This will de deflationary.


ISIS needs a central bank to cut rates and do some QE.





Looney's picture

In Fed-speak: During the Q4, ISIS experienced transitory downward wage pressures with substantialdecreas in ISIS-participation rate.  ;-)


insanelysane's picture

Free weapons, uniforms, and all the killing, raping, and decapitation you can do....and they also get paid.  I'm guessing that most of them aren't in it for the money.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) knukles Jan 20, 2016 5:37 PM

What does the Beheading Brotherhood Union have top say about this?


Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Does ISIS use a 'pink slip' to fire a fighter or do they just shoot them at dawn as damned by God?

knukles's picture

Depends on whether they we caught with Billy (the Goat)
Cum si cum sa


Abdul:  Why you do dat my brother?
Mohammed:  Ah, it jizz what it jizz

ParkAveFlasher's picture

They better watch out how they treat their employees, those guys are under pressure and can totally go postal!

Ignatius's picture

Send ISIS a wiki-link:  Shay's Rebellion

KesselRunin12Parsecs's picture
KesselRunin12Parsecs (not verified) Ignatius Jan 20, 2016 6:15 PM

This just in from the State Dept... Obama will give them 99 weeks of unemployment pay & a BammyFone if they quit.

NoDebt's picture

They also cut the number of virgins back to 36.


nmewn's picture

ISIS is cutting something again.


Freddie's picture

Times must be tough as Putin bombs the shit out of ISIS oil convoys.

Baby Bladeface's picture
Baby Bladeface (not verified) Freddie Jan 20, 2016 6:39 PM

Remember, is nothing to lose head about.

gonetogalt's picture

The video footage a couple of days ago showed a cloud of money a thousand feet high when one bomb hit some kinda ISIS bank...

stacking12321's picture

is the usa's economy so weak already that we can't even pay our mujehadin properly?

come on, cia, get your asses moving, that afghani heroin isn't going to sell itself.

nink's picture

Isn't ISIS covered under the US mimimum wage policy ?

SokPOTUS's picture

Wait. ISIS has Banksters? Now they've really gone too far.

edotabin's picture

ISIS gov't salaries and benefits being cut..... hmmmmmm Tsipras must be in charge.

MontgomeryScott's picture

In 4, 3, 2,...


"Israeli State Intelligence Service cuts their 'hourly wages' by 50%: MSM fails to take notice!"

Meanwhile, in OTHER news, Kim Kardashian is fighting a losing battle against cellulite formations on her buttocks (also known as 'ass-fat'). Exclusive reporter Jeri Ryan is up-to-date on this breaking story.

SO, Jeri, I hear that you played a sort-of 'dominatrix' role on Star Trek, opposite state representative Paul Ryan. Would you care to fill us in on this activity?

'FUCK YOU! MY ass is WAY BETTER that that Kardashian twat!'

(Cut to commercial. Hillary, showing off her dentures, and Jeb, promising a 'staus quo', fill the airwaves...)

StychoKiller's picture

Hmm, do you write scripts for Futurama? :>D

Sanity Bear's picture

it is a bit degrading and destroying tho

Bananamerican's picture

"Obama will give them 99 weeks of unemployment pay & a BammyFone if they stay IN"

Abitdodgie's picture

Why did they not just ask the USA (CIA) form mour money , I mean they print it out of thin air .

Chupacabra-322's picture

Was unaware Al CIA duh had an Accountant. Perhaps they can take the funds out of the Mujahideen petty Cash fund.

Goliath Slayer's picture
Goliath Slayer (not verified) knukles Jan 20, 2016 9:51 PM


jcaz's picture

It's ALWAYS about the money.....  The rest are just perks.

Mr.Sono's picture

Ebt cards on there way.

quadraspleen's picture

I'm guessing that most of them aren't in it for the money.

I think a fuckton of them probably are

Baby Bladeface's picture
Baby Bladeface (not verified) quadraspleen Jan 20, 2016 6:43 PM

Most of them there for the money and even half wages most will remain. Not like someone back home is hold for them their old office job.

PT's picture

Deflation is only bad if

a.  Your expenses do not deflate to compensate.
and / or
b.  You are up to your eyeballs in DEBT.

Hmmmmm. let me think ...

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

You work for crypto-Jew House of Saud, and are surprised when they get cheap on you?

ISIS just cut their army in half.

CapnJackDaniel's picture
"And God is the guarantor of success." Guarantor A third party who promises to provide payment on a bondloan, or other liability in the event of default
Row Well Number 41's picture

Didn't I read on ZH last week that we bombed their CB and vaporized a few billion, tha might have something to do with it.

Freddie's picture

Maybe Obola will import them to work as greeters at Wal Mart.

Intoxicologist's picture

"Clean-up in aisles 4, 5, 9, 16, and 23!"

Ward cleaver's picture

While watching CNBC mullah dollaz saw gartman saying go long us equities on margin.

QEpp's picture

Probably also had something to do with Russia blowing up tanker trucks.

Redneck Hippy's picture

ISIS fighters now to resign in droves to join refugee exodus to Germany and Sweden.  

quadraspleen's picture

ISIS needs a central bank to cut rates and do some QE.



The central planners's picture

They need a Fecal Reserve with more and cheaper fecal stimulus.

beemasters's picture

Now, I wonder if there's 50% off Erdogan and the CIA's cuts too.

SmittyinLA's picture

Like the Saudis

Is selling the Kingdom oil assets to Jewish bankers un-Islamic?

PT's picture

Perfectly kosher / halal ... As long as they don't charge interest ...




but they might be able to wangle in a "fixed fee for service" ...

newbie vampire's picture

"ISIS needs a central bank to cut rates and do some QE."

CIA calling Helicopter Ben.  You're needed most urgently

lakecity55's picture

ISIS goes on strike; Imams fragged.

Details at 11!

Father Thyme's picture
Father Thyme (not verified) lakecity55 Jan 20, 2016 5:26 PM

Frag the rag!