January 4, 2018 | FDD quoted by Wilson Center - Newsweek

ISIS was Defeated in Syria. Is that the end for the Islamists?

Islamist movements faced major reversals—both in stunning setbacks and unexpected gains—in 2017.

AQIM had vast resources. It made an estimated $100 million through kidnapping for ransom, drug smuggling, and levying taxes on local populations, according to a report by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance. AQIM earned enough to sustain future operations in Algeria, Mali, Niger, and southwestern Libya.

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