The U.S. Department of Defense released a video Monday of the bombing of a major ISIS bank that sent millions of dollars worth of cash into the air.
The attack took place on January 10th and saw U.S. forces drop two 2,000-pound bombs on an ISIS bank in the city of Mosul, one of Iraq’s largest cities. The video shows what appears to be thousands of pieces of paper currency going literally up in smoke after the pair of bombs hit. (RELATED: This US Airstrike Just Obliterated Massive Stacks Of ISIS Cash [WATCH])
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A U.S. Defense official believes millions of dollars worth of currency was being stored in the facility, which now lies in ruin.
The strike itself was fairly unusual given its close proximity to civilian targets. Mosul is home to over 600,00 people, and while it is under ISIS control, most of the people living there are not necessarily ISIS members. Operations against ISIS have thus far made efforts to avoid civilian casualties, however, the importance of the target meant the U.S. and its partners were willing to risk up to 50 civilian deaths.
The loss of the key cash depot comes as ISIS has seen massive losses in its oil revenue, once a main stream of income. U.S. Army Col. Steve Warren said in late December that the Pentagon believes upwards of 90% of the ISIS oil revenue stream has been destroyed via coalition air strikes.
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