Skip to main content
Part of complete coverage on

How has ISIS become one of the richest ever militant groups?

By Eoghan Macguire and Randi Kaye, CNN
updated 10:25 PM EDT, Sun June 22, 2014
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • ISIS militants have taken over large areas of Syria and Iraq
  • The jihadist organization is reportedly now one of the richest militant groups ever
  • Group funds itself through donors, extortion and drug running, experts say

Editor's note: Over the last few weeks the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has expanded from its stronghold in northern Syria across large swathes of western Iraq. The speed and scale of the advance has caught most observers by surprise, as have reports that put the jihadist group's wealth as high as $2 billion. But just where does ISIS get the mountains of money that make it such a potent force? Click on the flashing icons above to find out.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
Marketplace Middle East
updated 10:47 PM EDT, Sun September 21, 2014
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Al Saud put's his considerable money where his mouth is.
updated 12:56 AM EDT, Mon September 15, 2014
Making wine in the Golan Heights is a surreal experience as war rages nearby.
updated 9:10 AM EDT, Tue September 9, 2014
On a man-made island in the Middle East, the world's newest super mall sits empty -- for now.
updated 10:25 AM EDT, Fri September 5, 2014
In spite of local unrest, luxury property development across the region is on the rise -- and so are prices.
updated 9:53 AM EDT, Fri August 29, 2014
John Defterios looks at how oil exports fuels the terror organization's growth.
updated 10:14 AM EDT, Fri August 15, 2014
A little over 26 years ago, Mohammad Reza Najafi started manufacturing auto parts in Iran.
updated 9:50 AM EDT, Mon August 25, 2014
Lana Del Rey performs at the Byblos International Festival in 2013.
The ancient town of Byblos in Lebanon has attracted some of the world's biggest music stars.
updated 10:33 PM EDT, Thu July 24, 2014
French baguettes aren't the traditional bread of choice in the Middle East, but a Saudi firm wants to change that.
updated 10:33 AM EDT, Fri July 18, 2014
Iran has seen a doubling of tourists visiting the country in the last year and hoteliers are rushing to accommodate them.
updated 10:41 PM EDT, Mon July 14, 2014
In a tiny car repair shop in the Jordanian capital of Amman, one can encounter the latest efforts to solve the country's sky high youth unemployment rate.
updated 9:12 AM EDT, Mon July 14, 2014
Youth unemployment is not a new subject to make the headlines (see Spain and Greece) but it is has become a particularly acute problem for Jordan.
ADVERTISEMENT