The Islamic State group is using the month of Ramadan to recruit fighters and raise money to fund its operations, according to a senior U.S. counterterrorism official who was briefed on the group’s financial and strategic planning.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the operation publicly, said the organization is also targeting African Muslims for recruitment in its territories in the Middle East and elsewhere.
“The organization is not a monolithic entity,” the official said.
“It is a decentralized organization that relies on the cooperation of a broad array of groups and individuals in a variety of different ways.”
The Islamic Supreme Council, a group that advises and advises the group, said it has sent hundreds of fighters and hundreds of vehicles to the Islamic State’s strongholds in Iraq and Syria to travel between the two countries, according, in part, on behalf of the caliphate.
It has also trained thousands of fighters to operate as suicide bombers in Syria and Iraq, the official added.
“Their goal is to make as much money as they can, and they have a number of different objectives that include raising money for the organization,” the source said.
The Islamic States is not the only group using the Ramadan period to raise money.
The militant group also holds a large number of local currency deposits in foreign currencies, which it can use to buy weapons and ammunition.
“There is a very strong correlation between the time of the month and the financial activity,” the senior counterterrorism official said, adding that the Islamic States, along with al Qaeda, has been funding the Islamic Emirate of Syria and its affiliate, the Islamic Front, since at least 2014.
“They have also been using the time as a platform to recruit people to their cause.”
Islamic State members are pictured during a funeral ceremony in Syria’s Raqqa province on June 12, 2017.
The Islamic State has also been operating in Libya, which has been hit by civil war since 2011, in an effort to build up its financial strength.
“We do not have any direct links with the Libyan government,” the U.N. official said in response to a question about the Islamic Caliphate’s financial activity.
“What we know is that the Libyan military and the armed groups that are supporting them have been using Ramadan as a means of attracting recruits, and that money has been flowing into the Islamic organization.”
A senior official at the U,S.
Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, declined to comment on the Islamic ISIS activities during Ramadan.
According to the senior official, the U .
S. has been assisting the Libyan and Iraqi governments in fighting the Islamic extremist group since 2015, in addition to the U