A Daesh militant distributes soft drinks, candy and biscuits along with religious pamphlets to a young Syrian girl in Raqqa.
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Faced with a cash shortage in its so-called caliphate, Daesh (ISIS) has slashed salaries across the region, asked Raqqa residents to pay utility bills in black market American dollars and is now releasing detainees for a price of $500 a person.Interviews gathered over several weeks included three exiles with networks of family and acquaintances still in the group's stronghold in Raqqa, residents in Mosul, and analysts who say Daesh is turning to alternative funding streams, including in Libya.An exile from Al-Bab said low-level fighters there have begun to grumble, and townspeople have overheard Daesh officials discussing crippling airstrikes on oil infrastructure in Syria and Iraq and the cutoff of supply lines and revenue sources. The resident, who asked only that his first name Oussama be used because he still has family in the city, said dozens of residents of Al-Bab have fled, ignoring orders from the extremists. In Iraq, where Daesh has slowly been losing ground over the past year, the Iraqi government in September cut off salaries to government workers within territory controlled by the extremists, after months of wavering about the humanitarian costs paid by those trapped in the region.In the Iraqi city of Fallujah, fighters who once made $400 a month aren't being paid at all and their food rations have been cut to two meals a day, according to a resident.
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