15-08-2014 05:36 AM | Iraq

Captured wheat fields give Islamic State a new weapon

After seizing five oilfields and Iraq’s biggest dam, the Islamic State now controls yet another powerful economic weapon – wheat supplies.

Fighters from the Islamic State have overrun large areas in five of Iraq’s most fertile provinces, where the United Nations food agency says around 40 per cent of its wheat is grown.

Now they’re helping themselves to grain stored in government silos, milling it and distributing the flour on the local market.
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