British newspaper The Guardian revealed leaked internal ISIS documents that detailed how ISIS organizes the large swaths of territory it controls and revealed the group is more sophisticated than we feared. The documents outlined how the extremist group is attempting to build a state complete with guidelines for education, natural resources, industry, diplomacy, propaganda and the military. The primary document – named “Principles in the Administration of the Islamic State” – was written as a base text to train groups of civil servants.The document was written by Abu Abdullah an Egyptian and further details how kids must receive “training on bearing light arms.”
The primary document – named Principles in the Administration of the Islamic State – was written as a base text to train groups of civil servants. It says: ‘The state requires an Islamic system of life, a Qur’anic constitution and a system to implement it. ‘There must not be suppression of the role of qualifications, skills of expertise and the training of the current generation on administering the state.’ This includes how to run the health system, which now has its own department and is controlled by installing ISIS administrators in senior positions at hospitals.
Perhaps most interestingly, the blueprint shows ISIS always intended to train child soldiers in warfare. The documents reveal child soldiers will be trained to use weaponry, with those children who excel selected for security assignments, such as manning checkpoints and joining patrols. Propaganda footage released of such training camps show young boys being made to run, climb and crawl through a treacherous assault courses. Armed with rocket launchers and AK47s, the so-called ‘cubs of the caliphate’ are also forced to pose under the notorious black flag used by ISIS.
The leaked document also shows there are two other types of military camps – this includes 15-day refresher courses for its battlefield veterans, and introduction camps in which new fighters are trained in warfare as well as Islamic teachings. ISIS is thought to control about 10 oil fields in Iraq and Syria, from where it sells crude oil at the well head. This is then smuggled through the region by a black market network of traders and is consumed in Turkey, Iran and Jordan. Remarkably, the documents referenced by The Guardian suggest it made only $8.4million from the Deir ez-Zor oilfields in January. If correct, it would indicate the group earns substantially less than the estimated one-million-per-day previously reported.
ISIS also controls at least eight power plants in Syria. Remarkably, gas supplies 90 per cent of the power grid used in both ISIS and regime-controlled territory.Charlie Winter, a senior researcher for Georgia State University told the newspaper: “Far from being an army of irrational, bloodthirsty fanatics, IS (Islamic State) is a deeply calculating political organization with an extremely complex, well-planned infrastructure behind it.”