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Documents Show ISIS’s ‘War Spoils’ Plans

Papers seized by U.S. special forces this spring reveal how the self-declared Islamic State is managing the commodities the terror group calls its “war spoils.” Those items, which include its human slaves and oil, have provided U.S. officials with a more complex understanding of ISIS. According to a Reuters report, the documents—obtained by U.S. commandos during a May raid in Syria that killed ISIS financial chief Abu Sayyaf—show its bureaucratic legal codes and information on how its hierarchy deals with petty rivalries among officials. Reuters reports the documents lay out how the once-small insurgent group grew into a large bureaucracy, able to manage revenue streams and overtake contested areas.