UNITED NATIONS - Russia is ' leading ' a U.N. Security Council initiative to ratchet up pressure on countries to cut off the cash flow to Islamic State militants, Russia & council diplomats said on Wednesday. The announcement comes after the 15-nation Security Council condemned Islamic State's burning alive of a captive Jordanian pilot. Moscow is drafting a legally binding resolution on the subject.
Russia circulated a draft to the council's other permanent members - the United States, Britain, France & China - & is expected to distribute it to the full council soon, Western diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity. They noted that Moscow ' rarely ' drafts council resolutions. The diplomats said Russia's concerns about Islamic State are acute given the number of Chechens that have joined the group.
Diplomats said the group's brutal killings of the Jordanian, Japanese and other hostages have strengthened the resolve of U.N. member states to act. They said one benefit of such a resolution is that it will highlight how unified the vast majority of countries are against Islamic State. The resolution will focus on the three main sources of revenue for Islamic State: oil, the sale of antiquities and ransom from kidnappings.
The Pentagon said on Tuesday that oil was no longer the Islamic State's top source of cash. A second senior Western diplomat, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the Islamic State's oil revenue has fallen to around $500,000 per day from more than $1 million two months ago. According to a U.N. report in November, Islamic State raises several million dollars a month from illegal taxation & approximately $96,000 to $123,000 per day from ransom payments. In addition to antiquities, it said private donations were also a source of revenue.
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PROPHECY INSIGHTS : How remarkable !! As Russia defies international law & wreaks chaos & destruction in its lawless & bloody invasion ( & annexation ) of neighbouring Ukraine , it adeptly plays the role of a ' responsible ' international citizen on the United Nations Security Council as it takes the lead & initiates a draft resolution to cut the financing of the Islamic State ( ISIS ). It is a testament to the cunning & craftiness of Vladimir Putin as he skillfully out-manouevres & out-wits his Western counterparts , whilst still aggressively pursuing his global ambitions with military & strategic force. It is a precise fulfilment of bible prophecy , foretold by the old testament prophet Daniel who spoke vividly of the mastery & the cunning deceitfulness of this latter day tyrant , we see in Vladimir Putin . . . who ( perhaps on the ' pre-tense ' of eradicating ISIS ) will soon sweep all before him as Russia & Iran lead a coalition of nations to invade the Middle East !!!
Daniel 8v23-25 - And in the ' latter time ' of their ( man's ) kingdom , when the transgressors are come to the full , a king of fierce countenance ( Russian ' Gog ' - Vladimir Putin ) understanding dark sentences ( ex-KGB Chief ) , shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty but not by his own power & he shall destroy wonderfully & shall prosper & practise & shall destroy ' the mighty ' & ' the holy people ' ( Israel ). And through ' his policy ' also he shall cause ' craft ' ( deceit / lies ) to prosper in his hand ; & he shall magnify himself in his heart & ' by peace ' shall destroy many : he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes ( Lord Jesus Christ ) ; but he shall be broken without hand.