Among other things, the Islamic State has a shocking amount of money — $2 BILLION dollars — four times as much as the Taliban. And their wealth is growing, with $3 million dollars a day in oil and gas revenue from captured facilities. (If you’re wondering who is buying, it’s all black market.)
And they have other sources of income besides:
The statistics go on, and they’re surprising. 80,000 fighters control 470,000 square miles and 6,000,000 people.
And of course, they have vowed to conquer Rome, the seat of global Christianity by means of the Catholic Church.
If you want a better sense of the growing threat posed by the Islamic State, and the way they’re using social media amplification to increase their message and expand their reach, the whole thing is worth a read.
Steve Skojec is the Founding Publisher and Executive Director of OnePeterFive.com. He received his BA in Communications and Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2001. His commentary has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Crisis Magazine, EWTN, Huffington Post Live, The Fox News Channel, Foreign Policy, and the BBC. Steve and his wife Jamie have seven children.