The ISIS chain of command and how Baghdadi's men operate!

The dreaded terror group, the Islamic State or the ISIS has a strict hierarchical system to manage its operations and activities.

By Manisha Singh | Last Updated: Sep 20, 2014, 05:15 AM IST
The ISIS chain of command and how Baghdadi's men operate!

New Delhi: The dreaded terror group, the Islamic State or the ISIS has a strict hierarchical system to manage its operations and activities.

As per reports in a foreign daily, the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi or Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al-Samarai, has put in place a rigid chain of command beneath him.

This chain of command is divided into separate councils and these councils are responsible for sale of oil, internal communications, decisions to execute which prisoners and how and so on and so forth.

The Daily Mail said that the detailed information about the operation of the terror group and the names of the deputies of Baghdadi and the heads of the department were revealed from the discovery of a USB stick inside the home of Abu Abdul Rahman al-Bilawi

Bilawi, who is dead now, was the former head of ISIS' military operations in Iraq.

Baghdadi is said to have appointed two deputies to oversee operations in Iraq and Syria. They are said to be Fadel Ahmad Abdullah al-Hiyali or Abu Muslim al-Turkmani and Abu Ali al-Anbari.

Hiyali, as per the report, is in charge of operations in Iraq, while Anbari looks after operations in Syria.

Baghdadi has also put in place seven-man 'cabinet'. Each member of the so-called cabinet report directly to him and advise him on operational policy across the territory.

The report further says that Shawkat Hazem al-Farhat or Abu Abdul Kadr may be part of the group of seven and he may be advising on general management issues.

On the other hand, Abdul Wahid Khutnayer Ahmad or Abu Louay or Abu Ali, may be giving advise on security issues.

Some of Baghdadi's other 'cabinet' members are - Bashar Ismail al-Hamdani, AKA Abu Mohamed, head of prisoners, Muafaq Mustafa Mohammed al-Karmoush or Abu Salah, head of finances in Iraq, Mohammed Hamid al-Duleimi or Abu Hajar al-Assafi, head of internal messages and Abdullah Ahmed al-Meshedani, AKA Abu Kassem, responsible for the arrival of foreign fighters.

Al-Bilawi may have been the seventh 'cabinet' member. He was a former captain in Saddam Hussein's army.

There is no information as yet if Bilawi has been replaced by someone else as Baghdadi's military adviser in Iraq.

Moreover, whereas the 'cabinet' acts as an advisory body for Baghdadi, the ISIS head has also put in place twelve 'governors' in Syria and twelve 'governors' in Iraq.

These so-called governors make sure that the will and the diktat of Baghdadi is carried out.

The 'governors' are said to be in charge of a particular area under the control of the ISIS.

They in turn, as per the report, have appointed a team of 'councillors' to manage minute details of everyday life in the region.

As per CNN, the governors are in charge of eight councils. The councils are - financial, leadership, military, legal, assistance, security, intelligence and media.

The governors orders the regional 'councils' regarding operations based on what orders have been issued by Baghdadi to them.

There is also the shura or the war council which advises on new laws and reports to the ISIS chief.

The war council is said to have the following names - Fares Reif al-Naima, AKA Abu Shema, Abdul Rahman al-Afari, AKA Abu Suja, and Khairy Abed Mahmoud al-Taey, AKA Abu Kifah, among others.

They are considered religious, very trained and military experts and are said to have been appointed by Baghdadi himself.

Decisions like filming of video of the killings of US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and British aid worker David Haines are said to have been approved by the shura council.

Reports have said that ISIS' resources exceed that of any other terrorist group in history and oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion are some of the source of income of the the dreaded terrorist group.

As per US intelligence officials and private experts, quoted by a news agency, the ISIS have become a self-sustaining financial force and are said to be earning more than USD three million a day from the above sources.

They are reported to be controlling as many as 11 oil fields in Iraq and Syria.

Some of the earlier reports have said that the group now controls a territory which is the size of United Kingdom.

The ISIS expanded during the civil war in Syria. It swept into Iraq in June this year, seizing large areas of the country's Sunni-dominated northern and western provinces.

One of the main reasons for its rise in Syria and Iraq is said to be internal conflict in those countries and weak governments there.

As per a western daily, before ISIS took over the important city of Mosul, their net worth was $875 million (£515 million). Later they added another $1.5 billion to their assets by robbing banks and selling looted military supplies.

As of now, their total worth is reportedly well over £2 billion.

Another source of income for the Islamic State is the trading of antiquities. Some of the antiques are said to be up to 8,000 years old.