New photos from the Islamic State show payments being made to the families of jihadists killed in action in U.S. currency.
It’s a far cry from ISIS’ claim last year that it was minting gold coins as official Islamic State currency, with the intent of catapulting “into the financial sphere” where it will cast the “fraudulent dollar note” into ruins, according to the August English-language ISIS video “The Rise of the Khilafah and the Return of the Gold Dinar.”
ISIS has also boasted about its gold dinar in the pages of its Dabiq magazine.
The photo essay from Raqqa says the Central Martyrs Office pays “families of martyrs who gave their blood victories for a debt service of Allah” with stipends for home costs and furnishings.
A camouflage-clad worker is seen checking an online spreadsheet while marking scraps of paper with names. The paper is then wrapped and stapled around bills, ranging in the photo from $50 to $100 U.S. bills.
ISIS boasted in its past video that their gold, silver and copper coins would deliver a serious blow to the United States and its “capitalist financial system of enslavement.”
The narrator vowed to “mark the death of this oppressive bank note and bring America the symbol of injustice and tyranny to her knees” by minting coins from metals that are “made from measures of wealth that Allah created.”
The Islamic State announced its plans to mint its dinars in late 2014, in an effort to escape and triumph over the “satanic usury-based global economic system.”