Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Bob Casey says, defeating ISIS is an on going process, and the focus of cutting off funding needs to continue and be seamless.
Casey adds, ISIS still has various sources of income.
“We have to figure out ways to cutoff that financing. We’ve learned a lot in the last 15 years since 911 on how to prosecute those involved in financing terror. The fact is, they get funds from the sale of antiquities. These are priceless works of art from Syria and they sell them and get their money that way from selling them on the black market. I do have a bill that addresses that issue. They get a lot of money from oil fields and taxing people in the regions that they conquer. Another way they’re getting financing is from people in the Middle East or beyond, who are sending them money, sometimes directly and sometimes indirectly.”
Casey, a guest on WNPV’s AM Edition Tuesday morning, recently visited four countries in the Middle East. Casey says, most countries are members of the Financial Action Task Force, which tracks terror funding, but he adds, others, like Turkey, need to update their system to be fully capable of tracking terror money.