The Islamic State terrorist group pays its jihadists higher salaries if they have wives, children, or sex slaves, according to a new report.
Citing official ISIS documents published by West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center, the Military Times reported Monday that along with the $50 base rate militants receive per month, members are paid "an additional $50 for each wife, $35 for each child, $50 for each sex slave, $35 for each child of a sex slave, $50 for each dependent parent, and $35 each for other dependents."
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The documents detailed one ISIS fighter who makes $360 a month for his two wives and six children.
The internal records revealed that the terrorist group "has come under strain" as U.S.-led coalition airstrikes continue to degrade its forces, the Combating Terrorism Center wrote in its analysis. ISIS has also lost a considerable amount of its territory since international strikes began more than two years ago.
The report highlighted the extremist group's 50 percent salary cut for its fighters in a Raqqa province from November to December 2015 because of "exceptional circumstance."
A Syrian-Kurdish journalist who was in northeastern Syria last month found the documents left behind in al-Shaddad, Syria after Syrian militants took control of the region.
The documents gave insight into the success of the international coalition’s campaign aimed at degrading ISIS’ military, financial, and administrative efforts, but its author heeded against declaring victory over the group any time soon.
"While the so-called Caliphate has come under pressure, there is little prospect of any collapse anytime soon," the report’s author Aymenn Al-Tamimi wrote. "Populations under Islamic State rule are accustomed to poor living standards, exacerbated by years of civil war, and will likely stomach further decreases in quality of life for the time being rather than rebel and risk a brutal crackdown."
On Monday, President Obama announced his plans to send an additional 250 troops to Syria to assist local militia in the fight against ISIS. The U.S. military last week said it would also deploy 217 additional troops to Iraq to work with government forces.