Alwaght- ISIS's top treasury official escaped terrorist group's de facto capital, Raqqa, steeling large amount of money and jewelry.
Local sources said that Hatim al-Utaybi, a Saudi national, has stolen the entire money, gold and other precious jewelry of the terrorist group and has left Raqqa for an unknown destination, Iran-based Fars News Agency (FNA) reported on Tuesday.
The news agency counted the Syrian Army troops and popular forces' rapid advances towards the ISIS-held city of Raqqa as a potential reason behind ISIS high rank official's escape.
"The ISIS now faces a serious threat to its capital, Raqqa city," FNA reported, adding, "However, the more immediate objective seems to be the capture of al-Tabaqa Airbase or a push Northwards to the Euphrates River; the latter move would have all ISIS-held areas in the Aleppo province cut off from the ISIS mainland."
"In the past week, about 100 ISIS Terrorists have been killed in Western Raqqa while government forces have advanced 45 kilometers along the Ithriya-Raqqa road," according to FNA.
"With the ISIL capital under increasing pressure, the group's commanders are forced to prioritize their scarce manpower between the Manbij frontline and the Western Raqqa frontline," they went on to say.
ISIS is facing an unprecedented cash crunch in its home territory, slashing salaries and releasing detainees at the price of £350 per person.
Cash shortages already have forced the terror group to put many of its Iraqi and Syrian recruits on half-pay, and accounts from recent defectors suggest that some units haven’t received salaries in months. Civilians and businesses in the ISIS’s self-proclaimed Caliphate complain of being subjected to ever-higher taxes and fees to make up the shortfall.