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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.

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