Islamic State terrorists have a secret war chest of up to $300 million in cash to help sustain future operations and fund new attacks on the West, according to a United Nations report.
The news that Islamic State has the financial means to continue its fight even as its “caliphate” shrinks to nothing comes as U.S.-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian forces begin a final push to defeat the terror group in the last tiny pocket the extremists hold in eastern Syria.
As Breitbart News reports, Syrian Democratic Forces spokesman Mustafa Bali tweeted that the offensive began last Saturday after more than 20,000 civilians were evacuated from the IS-held area in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour.
But the U.N report also warns that foreign fighters and the extremists’ dependents will still pose a threat even after the Islamic State organization is defeated.
And the report notes that despite losing physical ground, Islamic State still has up to 18,000 loyal members in its ranks in Syria and Iraq – including 3,000 foreign terrorist fighters.