Following significant pay cuts in salaries, Daesh (Islamic State) might end up losing a large portion of its fighters, political experts Alain Rodier and Alexander del Valle said, according to Atlantico.
Last week, CNN said that Daesh was forced to cut its fighters’ salaries by as much as 50 percent, citing documents it obtained from Daesh-controlled territories.
Previously, it was reported that Daesh fighters made anywhere between $400 and $1,200 a month, received a $50 stipend for their wives and $25 for each child. But the good times are now over, as Daesh is facing an economic downturn due to airstrikes, losing territories in Syria and Iraq and a significant decrease in its illegal oil trade.
“Morale of fighters is decreasing. This trend has been noted by all intelligence services,” French political columnist Alexander del Valle said, as cited by Atlantico.
The decrease in salaries would lead to more desertions from Daesh, especially in Syria, where many of its fighters are mercenaries, del Valle argued.
Nonetheless, Rodier did acknowledge that over the past several months a number of foreign volunteers decreased.